Friday, 11 November 2011

When Rating Matters...


We see many groups of children’s and adults talking about the games. Some people play games on PC, PSP and some on Xbox, etc. We also gift some games to our brother, sister and friends but did you understand the effect of the game on that person? Did you check its rating before buying it? Is it good for that person?
These are some questions which should come in your mind and the solution is rating. This is where the rating matters. Each game CD’s and DVD’s has rating symbols on the disk. It lets you know the type of content in the game. 


Rating Symbols as per 

Entertainment Software Rating Board(ESRB) are:

(For more details go to http://www.esrb.org/)



EARLY CHILDHOOD
Titles rated EC (Early Childhood) have content that may be suitable for ages 3 and older. Contains no material that parents would find inappropriate.





EVERYONE
Titles rated E (Everyone) have content that may be suitable for ages 6 and older. Titles in this category may contain minimal cartoon, fantasy or mild violence and/or infrequent use of mild language
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EVERYONE 10+
Titles rated E10+ (Everyone 10 and older) have content that may be suitable for ages 10 and older. Titles in this category may contain more cartoon, fantasy or mild violence, mild language and/or minimal suggestive themes.








TEEN
Titles rated T (Teen) have content that may be suitable for ages 13 and older. Titles in this category may contain violence, suggestive themes, crude humor, minimal blood, simulated gambling, and/or infrequent use of strong language.









MATURE
Titles rated M (Mature) have content that may be suitable for persons ages 17 and older. Titles in this category may contain intense violence, blood and gore, sexual content and/or strong language.








ADULTS ONLY
Titles rated AO (Adults Only) have content that should only be played by persons 18 years and older. Titles in this category may include prolonged scenes of intense violence and/or graphic sexual content and nudity.









RATING PENDING
Titles listed as RP (Rating Pending) have been submitted to the ESRB and are awaiting final rating. (This symbol appears only in advertising prior to a game's release.)






Rating symbol as per PEGI are:


(For more info go to http://www.pegi.info)


Violence May contain scenes of people getting injured or dying, often by use of weapons. Also may contain gore and blood-letting and blood particles.


Bad Language May contain profanity, sexual innuendo, threats, and all manner of slurs and epithets.


Fear May contain scenes that are considered too disturbing or frightening to younger or more emotionally vulnerable players.


Sex May contain references to sexual attraction or sexual intercourse. Also may contain nudity and characters dressed in suggestive clothing.


Drugs May contain references to illegal drugs or a fictional substance that has parallels to real-life illegal drugs (in use, possession, or sale).


Gambling May contain games of chance (but never for real money).



Discrimination May contain cruelty or harassment based on race, ethnicity, gender, or sexual preferences


Online Contains an online game mode.




3: Suitable for all ages. May contain mild violence in an appropriate context for younger children, but no bad language is allowed. Similar to BBFC's U rating and ESRB's Early Childhood and the Everyone (low end) ratings.
    7: Suitable for ages 7 and older. May contain mild, cartoon-style violence and elements that can be frightening to younger children. Similar to BBFC's PG rating and ESRB's Everyone (high end) and Everyone 10+ rating (low end) ratings.
      12: Suitable for ages 12 and older. May contain violence in a fantasy setting, bad language, sexual innuendo or gambling (but never for real money). Similar to BBFC's 12 rating and ESRB's Teen (low end) and Everyone 10+ (high end) ratings.
        16: Suitable for ages 16 and older. May contain explicit violence, strong sex references, bad language, gambling or drug use (encouragement). Similar to BBFC's 15 rating and to the Teen (high end) and the Mature (low end) ratings from the ESRB.
          18: Suitable for ages 18 and older. May contain graphic violence, strong sexual content, bad language, gambling, drug use (glamorisation) or discrimation. Similar to BBFC's 18 rating and the ESRB's Adults Only and Mature (high end) ratings.



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