Texas Attorney Greg Abbott encouraging parents to check video game ratings

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

While many children in the Permian Basin are enjoying all of those new Christmas gifts, you may want to keep a close eye on whether your children are playing any dangerous computer or video games.

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott says he encourages parents to check the video game rating on a game, before you let your child  play with it.

Ratings can be found on the back of each game, and has two parts.

The first, an age range for the game, plus information about what elements in a game that give it that rating.

Examples are "E" for everyone, six years old and up, "T" for teens 13 and up, and "M" for mature, 17 years old and up.

Folks at Best Buy say they make sure young children don't buy games meant for those older kids.

"All our computers are set up where if a child or anyone buys a video game, and it's rated Mature, it automatically asks for identification.  If they don't qualify for the age limit, we just won't sell it to them," Benny Saenz, with Best Buy, said.

For a complete list of video game ratings, and what they mean, click here.