Parent’s Guide to Video Games for the Holidays

Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) and GameStop Explain How to Choose Appropriate Games and Use Parental Controls

According to the latest data from the Entertainment Software Association, video games are a $43.4 billion industry. Over 164 million adults in the United States play video games, and three-quarters of all Americans have at least one gamer in their household.

 With the holidays coming up, video games are likely to appear on the gift lists of children of all ages – but not all games, are intended for children. So, how can parents choose games that are appropriate for their families?

The Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) offers a clear and easy to understand rating system that incorporates Rating Categories, Content Descriptors and Interactive Elements to help parents make educated decisions.

To make it even easier this year, the ESRB is working with retail partners to help familiarize parents with parental control settings on consoles and other devices. provides consumers with step-by-step instructions for setting controls that can block games by age rating, limit how much time is spent playing, help control spending and restrict communication with other players.