It's inevitable... your child will be playing video games whether you like it or not. It can be scary - not knowing exactly what they are playing and if it is age appropriate. The award-winning video game rating app from the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) is a free mobile app, from the organization that assigns age and content ratings for computer and video games. It allows easy access to video game ratings and detailed rating summaries. For parents, it's as simple as snapping a photo or typing the name of a game to quickly determine if it is right for their family. This important app is now available for Windows 7 phones as well as iPhone and Android models.
"Summertime can mean video game time for many families, whether playing in the car, on the plane or in the living room. But just like movies, not all games are appropriate for every child," says ESRB president Patricia Vance. "So before buying a video game for a child it's important to check the game's rating and understand its content to determine if it's the right choice. Today we added our ESRB app to Windows Marketplace, further expanding parents' access to a game's rating or rating summary, anytime, anywhere."
The ESRB mobile app offers easy access to ESRB rating information for over 20,000 titles by either taking a photo of the game box or typing in the name of the game. Rating summaries, which are not displayed on game boxes like the ESRB ratings and content descriptors, provide parents with a detailed, straight-forward explanation - including specific examples - of the content that factored into a game's rating. The ESRB app is a great way to put this information in parents' hands right from the video game store, where it is often needed most. Rating summaries are available for games rated since July 1, 2008, which means that most of the games on kids' wish lists will have rating summaries.
It's as important for parents to know what their kids are playing as much as what they're doing on the Internet or watching on TV... this free app empowers parents and will be especially important as we head into the holiday travel season. Check it out...