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What does RP mean in video games?

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RP stands for "rating pending" in reference to video games that are as yet unrated. A rating is applied when a game is advertised and before submitting them for review by the Entertainment Software Rating Board.

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Ratings are assigned by the ESRB, so people can make informed choices when choosing video games. Game publishers are not allowed to ship games to retailers without a rating assigned by the ESRB. Specially trained raters undertake the rating process as a group, examining specific criteria to grade each game. Factors considered include violence, language, sexuality and drug use. These factors and weighed with the context and message of the game as a whole to define an appropriate rating.

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