Video game content rating system
A video game content rating system is a system used for the classification of video games into suitability-related groups. Most of these systems are associated with and/or sponsored by a government, and are sometimes part of the local motion picture rating system. The utility of such ratings has been called into question—"90% of teenagers say that their parents never check the video game ratings before allowing them to rent or buy computer or video games." Thus, calls have been made to fix the existing rating system.
ComparisonCountry\Age 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17+ AdultNotes ESRBEC E E10+ T M AO OFLCG PG M MA15+ Games with stronger content than MA15+ are classified RC, banned for sale, hire or exhibition in Australia. OFLCG PG R13 R15 R16 R18 BBFCUc U PG 12 15 18 Games classified R are banned for sale, hire or exhibition in the UK. ELSPA3+ 7+ 12+ 15+ 16+ 18+ Used until 2002, now uses the PEGIor BBFCratings. PEGI3+ 7+ 12+ 16+ 18+ In Portugal, some ratings differ from the PEGIstandard. VETUses the PEGI system USKAlle 6 12 16 18 MJ/DEJUSL 12 14 16 18 CEROA B C D Z EOCS/CSA General R 18+ Used primarily for Bishōjo gamesGRBA 12 15 18 The KMRBno longers rates video games. TIGRSFamily Friendly Teen Content Adult Content Created for the Use of games produced by indy devolopers
Explanation of specific ratings are available in corresponding articles.
The image below presents usage of various video game content rating systems around the world. Countries filled by gradients are using several rating systems.
- ^ David A. Walsh and Douglas A. Gentile. A Validity Test of Movie, Television, and Video-Game Ratings (PDF). Retrieved on 2007-04-23.
- ^ Jerry Bonner, "How to Fix the Ratings System: A former game rater lists six ways to bolster the Entertainment Software Rating Board," Electronic Gaming Monthly 227 (April 2008): 30-32.
- ^ The age upon which an individual attains adulthood varies per country.
- ^ computer and video games industry age ratings and codes of practice (PDF). ELSPA. Retrieved on 2007-04-24.
video game law Family Entertainment Protection Act• Truth in Video Game Rating Act• Video Game Decency Act• Video Recordings Act 1984Organizations and
rating systems Active: Entertainment Software Rating Board• Pan European Game Information• Computer Entertainment Rating Organization• Unterhaltungssoftware Selbstkontrolle• National Coalition Against Censorship• TIGRS• Valtion elokuvatarkastamo• Game Rating Board• British Board of Film Classification• Office of Film and Literature Classification (Australia)• Office of Film and Literature Classification (New Zealand)
Defunct: Videogame Rating Council• Recreational Software Advisory Council• 3DO Rating System• Entertainment and Leisure Software Publishers Association• Korea Media Rating BoardMajor figures Attorneys/Lawyers: Julia Boseman• Hillary Clinton• Sam Brownback• Herb Kohl• Joe Lieberman• Jack Thompson• Fred Upton• Keith Vaz• Leland Yee
Criminals: Devin Moore• Cody PoseyGenresEroge• Adult video game• Survival horrorGames Death Race• The Texas Chainsaw Massacre• Halloween• Leisure Suit Larry• NARC• Mortal Kombat series• Lethal Enforcers• Night Trap• Doom• Duke Nukem 3D• Carmageddon• Grand Theft Auto series(Grand Theft Auto III(Grand Theft Auto III controversies) - Grand Theft Auto: Vice City(Grand Theft Auto: Vice City controversies) - Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas(Hot Coffee minigame controversy) - Grand Theft Auto IV(Grand Theft Auto IV controversies)) • Hitman• Conker's Bad Fur Day• Postal series (Postal- Postal²- Postal III) • The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion(ESRB re-rating) • Canis Canim Edit(Bully: Scholarship Edition) • Manhunt series• Reservoir Dogs• Custer's Revenge• 50 Cent: Bulletproof• State of Emergency series (State of Emergency- State of Emergency 2)• Wolfenstein series