Parents: Before buying that game for the kids this holiday, remember the ratings!

Mom and Dad, you know the drill: With the holidays coming, the kids either have already asked you, or are about to ask, for various games that are on their wish lists. Before you buy them, make sure those games are right for your youngster’s age and maturity level, and that you’re comfortable with the subject matter.

With many blockbuster titles coming to Xbox 360 and the new Xbox One, “it’s a great time to remind ourselves that – like television and movies – not all video games are right for all audiences,” writes Xbox Wire.

Xbox is a longtime supporter of the Entertainment Software Ratings Board (ESRB) and the Entertainment Software Association. The board and association have a new public service announcement out (which you can watch above) to remind parents that the ESRB’s ratings, which include plot summaries, can “be a helpful tool when making video game purchases.”

Xbox Wire also notes that with parental controls on Xbox 360, “parents can decide what content is right for their family. We’re continuing this commitment to empowering parents with tools and information to make informed choices about the next generation of gaming and entertainment experiences on Xbox One.”

To learn more, head over to Xbox Wire.

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Suzanne Choney
Microsoft News Center Staff