|The Ratings System|
All video games now carry a content rating, like movies have. The ratings determine age appropriateness for games, from E for everyone to M for mature.
You can find the rating for any game on its label, or at the Entertainment Software Ratings Board website:
Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock, for example. Available on all the major consoles, this next installment of the rocker simulation features a long list of songs to jam on. If you don't know what the big deal is about the hit series, the basic thing to know: players use a guitar-shaped controller to strum in time with notes appearing on the screen, and the end result--if you do it right--is a rock anthem. It's all the fun of rocking out without the hassle of actually having to learn music.
And just on the store shelves, the highly anticipated Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare updates the combat action to modern times (the prior games focused on WWII). Parents take note of the mature rating this game carries.