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** List of AO-rated video games **

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The ESRB's "Adults Only" ratings symbol.

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
U.S-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.S. law, the ESRB rating system is a de facto standard which
is self-enforced by the U.S. video game and retail industries.^[1] In
Canada, ESRB ratings are enforceable by provincial law by film
classification boards in some provinces.^[2]^[3]^[4]

Games with the AO rating are considered by the board to be unsuitable for
those seventeen and younger; AO-rated games can contain higher levels of
violent, profane, sexual, or pornographic content than the Mature (M)
rating (the next-lowest on the scale) can accommodate. AO is the highest
and most restrictive of the ESRB's content ratings, and dramatically
impacts the commercial availability of games which carry it; all three
major video game console manufacturers (Nintendo, Microsoft, and Sony
Computer Entertainment) refuse to allow AO-rated games to be published for
their platforms, and most retailers refuse to stock AO-rated games. 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

Relatively few games carry the AO-rating; the majority of AO-rated games
are adult video games which received the rating for containing sexual
and/or pornographic content, but the ESRB has also issued the rating for
games containing extreme violence.^[5] The fighting game /Thrill Kill/
(1998) was given the

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