I respectfully disagree. The ESRB ratings have been around for over a decade. I have Sega CD games from the early 90s that have ESRB ratings on them (not to be confused with Sega's own Video Game Ratings Board that was around even before the ESRB). If you let your kids play video games, yet know so little about them that you have never even looked at the front of one video game box in more than a decade and noticed they have ratings, you're not paying enough attention to your child's interests. These ratings are far more obvious than the MPAA ratings on movie boxes, which are frequently hidden on the back in a tiny font.
Assuming as a parent you've never looked at the games your child plays, have never, even at a Wal-mart, Target, or Toys R Us, noticed the ratings on every video game box produced since the early 90s, and have never read an article in the paper (the New York Times alone has 7 articles since 93 on game ratings) or seen a news story on game ratings, then you still have hope. A parent wondering if games are rated like movies or other forms of entertainment could simply do a Google search for "video game ratings", and the first link is to the ESRB ratings guide. If you don't have internet access, you could simply go to anywhere games are sold and ask someone about the ratings (and most places I've seen have posters with the ratings). It is for all these reasons that I say if you give the slightest damn about what your kids are doing, you should have taken the initiative to find out enough about games to know they have ratings.
This comment was edited on Dec 8, 13:14.