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Pan European Game Information (PEGI) is a European video game content rating system. It was developed by the Interactive Software Federation of Europe (ISFE) and came into use in April 2003. The PEGI system is used in 29 countries. It is not associated with the European Union. Image File history File links Logo of PEGI (Pan European Games Information), from www. ... Image File history File links Logo of PEGI (Pan European Games Information), from www. ... For other uses, see Europe (disambiguation). ... A video game content rating system is a system used for the classification of video games into suitability-related groups. ... 2003 : January - February - March - April - May - June - July - August - September - October - November - December - → A timeline of events in the news for April 2003. ...


Participation is voluntary, at the discretion of the game developer. To obtain the ratings for any piece of software, the developer completes a questionnaire, which is then evaluated by the Netherlands Institute for the Classification of Audiovisual Media (NICAM) and ratings are given. It's based on the Dutch Kijkwijzer system as well. A game developer is a person or business involved in game development, the process of designing and creating games. ...


There are two parts to the classification for any piece of software — a suggested minimum age and also up to seven descriptions of content, such as the use of strong language, violence, etc. Most recently added was the Gambling icon.

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Age ratings

PEGI has five age categories. In Portugal, local legislation conflicts with some of the ratings and they are changed accordingly. Finland changed its legislation to fully adopt PEGI from January 1, 2007 Legislation (or statutory law) is law which has been promulgated (or enacted) by a legislature or other governing body. ... is the 1st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ...

3+ 7+ 12+ 16+ 18+
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PEGI is a voluntary system, although once in place it is illegal for persons under the age to purchase the game. If publishers of a game choose not to use the PEGI system it will be given a rating by the BBFC or ESRB, or in certain cases given no rating at all. However, it is not illegal for persons under the age to play the game, as it is a system of helping parents of children make informed decisions on buying the game. It is entirely the parent's choice whether to purchase a game for a minor. Image File history File links PEGI3. ... Image File history File links PEGI7. ... Image File history File links PEGI12. ... Image File history File links PEGI16. ... Image File history File links PEGI18. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links PEGI12. ... Image File history File links PEGI16. ... Image File history File links PEGI18. ...


Content descriptions

The seven content descriptors are:

Icon Content descriptor Examples
Image:PEGIlenguagex.png Bad language Grand Theft Auto series, The Warriors, Shadow the Hedgehog, Max Payne 2 and Killer 7.
Image:PEGIdiscriminacion.png Discrimination Original War, Hitman: Blood Money.
Image:PEGIdrogas.png Drugs Deus Ex: Invisible War, The Warriors, NARC.
Image:PEGImiedo.png Fear Survival horror games, such as Condemned: Criminal Origins, and Resident Evil, Silent Hill.
Image:PEGIsexo.png Sex, nudity, erotica, pornography Singles: Flirt Up Your Life, Leisure Suit Larry, Playboy: The Mansion, BMX XXX, God of War, The Sopranos: Road to Respect.
Image:PEGIviolencia.png Violence First person shooters, such as Doom 3 and Halo 2 and other games like Mortal Kombat and God of War.
Gambling 42 All-Time Classics, God Hand, Street Hoops.

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Where PEGI is used

PEGI is used in 29 European nations (albeit with zero legal effect). They are:

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Comparison and criticism

PEGI does not have the same conception of violence as the ESRB: Image File history File links Unbalanced_scales. ... 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). ...

  • Ratchet: Deadlocked is classified 3+ by PEGI, but rated T by ESRB, Jak X has a 12+ rating for PEGI, but the reasons for the T rating are essentially the same.
  • Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne is classified 12+ by PEGI and A by Japan's rating system, CERO. But the game was rated M by the ESRB.
  • For racing games, such as Need for Speed: Most Wanted, there is a classification 3+ by PEGI, but it has been issued a T rating by the ESRB.
  • For the FPS XIII PEGI rated the game 12+, but the ESRB rated the game M. The game was later re-rated a 16+ on re-releases.
  • Final Fantasy XII is rated 16+ by PEGI, but is rated T by ESRB, the others were rated 12+ or 11+ by PEGI or ELPSA, but the reasons for the T rating in the US are the same
  • Final Fantasy IX was rated 3+ by PEGI (A by CERO), but is rated T in the US
  • Most superhero games, like Batman Begins, are classified 3+ by PEGI, but are rated T by ESRB
  • Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is rated M by the ESRB while it is given an adults only 18+ rating by PEGI.
  • Super Smash Bros. Melee is rated T by the ESRB whereas the PEGI gave it a 3+.
  • The Sims 2 is rated 7+ by PEGI (7+ is equal to the E Rating of the ESRB) and the ESRB rated The Sims 2 T for Teen, which is equivalent to a 12+ rating of the PEGI. All other Sims 2 Expansions are rated 12+ in PEGI and T for teen in the ESRB.

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See also

This article or section is incomplete and may require expansion and/or cleanup. ... 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. ... The USKs official logo. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... 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. ...

References

  1. ^ Halo 2: Best of Classics. EB Games.de (2006). Retrieved on 2006-09-25.

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External links

  • Official website
  • Official website focused on online games

 
 

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