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Mature-rated video games often include content not specified on warning labels

igher rate of human deaths than video games rated T (for 'teen')," the authors write.

"These results confirm that the presence of an ESRB content descriptor means that game players likely will find the indicated content in the game but that parents should not interpret the absence of a content descriptor to mean the absence of content," they conclude. "Parents and physicians should recognize that popular M-rated games contain a wide range of unlabeled content and may expose children and adolescents to messages that may negatively influence their perceptions, attitudes and behaviors."


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