The following is a list of video games that have been given the " Adults Only " AO rating by the Entertainment Software Rating Board ESRB , a United States -based organization which rates the content of video games to determine its appropriateness for specific age groups. Although it is not legally binding under U. Games with the AO rating are considered by the board to be suitable for players age 18 and over; AO-rated games can contain higher levels of violent, profane, sexual, or pornographic content than the next-lowest rating on the scale Mature [M], generally considered suitable for players 17 and over can accommodate. AO is the highest of the ESRB's content ratings, and restricts the commercial availability of games which carry it; all three major video game console manufacturers Nintendo ,  Microsoft ,  and Sony  refuse to allow AO-rated games to be published for their platforms, most retailers refuse to stock AO-rated games, and the popular video game live streaming service Twitch explicitly bans all games carrying the rating. Due to these self-imposed restrictions on the marketing and distribution of games with the rating, the AO rating has been described as a "kiss of death" by critics, and is essentially a ban.
Adults and Video Games
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Adult Party Games, Board Games & Card Games
In the wake of the "Grand Theft Auto" scandal, some people are surprised that there's a thriving market for sexually oriented games. But when the hidden, X-rated "Hot Coffee" scenes were discovered in GTA, touching off a storm of indignation that made headlines across the country and raged all the way to Congress , not everyone thought the brouhaha was an all-around disaster for the industry. People who knew nothing about games knew about 'Hot Coffee. Bottom line: Millions of people are beginning to understand that many games have mature or adults-only content and parents should be extra careful to read and understand the ratings on games before buying them for their children.