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The Computer Entertainment Rating Organization (特定非営利活動法人 コンピュータエンターテインメントレーティング機構 Tokutei Hieiri Katsudō Hōjin Konpyūta Entāteinmento Rētingu Kikō?) (CERO) is the organization that rates video games and computer software in Japan with levels of rating that informs the customer of the nature of the product and for what age group it is suitable. It was established on July 2002 as a branch of Computer Entertainment Supplier's Association, using Entertainment Software Rating Board as a model and became an officially recognized non-profit organization on 2003. It has been suggested that Organizing be merged into this article or section. ... A video game content rating system is a system used for the classification of video games into suitability-related groups. ... The NASA Columbia Supercomputer. ... Computer software (or simply software) refers to one or more computer programs and data held in the storage of a computer for some purpose. ... Also see: 2002 (number). ... The Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) is a self-regulatory organization that applies and enforces ratings, advertising guidelines, and online privacy principles for computer and video games and other entertainment software in the United States and Canada (officially adopted by individual provinces 2004-2005). ... A non-profit organization (abbreviated NPO, or non-profit or not-for-profit) is an organization whose primary objective is to support an issue or matter of private interest or public concern for non-commercial purposes, without concern for monetary profit. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 2003 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...

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Rating

On March 1st, 2006, CERO made a new, revised version of the ratings system. The symbols the CERO uses are stylized depictions of letters, meant to convey at a glance a game's suitability:

  • A (All ages) (Equivalent to the ESRB's EARLY CHILDHOOD, EVERYONE, and EVERYONE 10+ and PEGI's 3+ and 7+). It is often likened to the Eirin's "G" Rating.
  • B (Ages 12 and up) (Equivalent to the ESRB's TEEN and PEGI's 12+). It is often likened to the Eirin's "PG-12" rating.
  • C (Ages 15 and up) (Equivalent to the PEGI's 16+).
  • D (Ages 17 and up) (Equivalent to the ESRB's MATURE). It is often likened to the Eirin's "R-15" rating.
  • Z (Ages 18 and up only) (Equivalent to the ESRB's ADULTS ONLY and PEGI's 18+). It is often likened to the Eirin's "R-18" rating.

One of the symbols above is displayed on the front of the package. This mark is the notation of the age suitability based on the contents. The Z rating may not appear to be very different from the D rating, the only difference is that the Z rating is regulated under the government.[1] The Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) is a self-regulatory organization that applies and enforces ratings, advertising guidelines, and online privacy principles for computer and video games and other entertainment software in the United States and Canada (officially adopted by individual provinces 2004-2005). ... PEGIs logo Pan European Game Information, or more commonly PEGI, nicknamed Peggy, is a European video game content rating system. ... Eirin (映倫) is the abbreviated name for Eiga Rinri Kanri Iinkai (映画倫理管理委員会), Japans movie regulator. ...


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Classic Ratings

  • All ages (Equivalent to the ESRB's EVERYONE and PEGI's 3+ and 7+). This rating was replaced by "A".
  • Ages 12 and up (Equivalent to the ESRB's E10+ or TEEN and PEGI's 12+). This rating was replaced by "B".
  • Ages 15 and up (Equivalent to the ESRB's MATURE and PEGI's 16+). This rating was replaced "C".
  • Ages 18 and up (Equivalent to the ESRB's MATURE or ADULTS ONLY and PEGI's 18+). This rating was replaced by the two ratings "D" and "Z", setting the age levels where "D" is for ages 17 and over, and "Z" is for ages 18 and over only (Adults ONLY).

Trivia

  • The first title that rated "Ages 18 and up" is Dead to Rights on Xbox (Released in Nov. 28, 2002).[citation needed]
  • As of 2005, the following titles are games on Nintendo hardware that rated "Ages 17 and up":
    • Biohazard Code: Veronica Complete edition (known as "Resident Evil Code: Veronica X")
    • Biohazard 4 (Resident Evil 4)
  • Due to societal and cultural differences between the eastern and western worlds (especially the United States and Canada), some titles rated "All ages" by CERO are rated very differently outside Japan (hence the term "rating system deviation") such as:
    • RPG (Except Pokémon & Yu-Gi-Oh!): CERO:A/B, ESRB:E-10/T, PEGI:12+/16+
    • 3D Fighting Game (Except Bleach, DBZ, Naruto, One Piece): CERO:B/C/D ESRB:T/M, PEGI:12+/16+
    • Action Games(Except Manga Games): CERO:B/C/D, ESRB:T, PEGI:12+/16+
    • Racing Game(Except Ridge Racer Series & Mario Kart Series): CERO:A/B, ESRB:E/E-10/T, PEGI:3+/7+/12+
  • Some games that are rated A in Japan have different ratings elsewhere. For example, Final Fantasy IX was rated A by CERO, but the ESRB gave it a T for Teen 13+. Even more drastic, Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne was rated A by CERO and rated M by the ESRB, however it got a 12 by the PEGI in Europe.

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See also

The Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) is a self-regulatory organization that applies and enforces ratings, advertising guidelines, and online privacy principles for computer and video games and other entertainment software in the United States and Canada (officially adopted by individual provinces 2004-2005). ... The Entertainment and Leisure Software Publishers Association (or ELSPA) is an organisation set up in 1989 by British software publishers. ... PEGIs logo Pan European Game Information, or more commonly PEGI, is a European system for rating the content of computer and video games, and other entertainment software. ... World map showing the location of Europe. ... The USKs official logo. ... The title given to this article is incorrect due to technical limitations. ... The Office of Film and Literature Classification (OFLC) is the government agency in New Zealand that is responsible for classification of all films, videos, publications, and some video games in New Zealand. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Eirin (映倫) is the abbreviated name for Eiga Rinri Kanri Iinkai (映画倫理管理委員会), Japans movie regulator. ...

References

  1. ^ Gamasutra. [1]. Retrieved June 4, 2006.

External links

  • Official Japanese CERO Website

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