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Video Game, Video and DVD Ratings

To help you make appropriate choices, we display ratings information provided by PEGI (Pan European Games Information), the BBFC (British Board of Film Classification) and the CBFC (Central Board of Film Certification)

PEGI Ratings

PEGI age rating labels appear on front and back of the packaging at one of the following age levels - 3+, 7+, 12+, 16+ and 18+. They provide an indication of the suitability of the game content in terms of protection of minors. The age rating does not take into account the difficulty level or skills required to play a game.

  PEGI 3

The content of games given this rating is considered suitable for all age groups. Some violence in a comical context (typically Bugs Bunny or Tom & Jerry cartoon-like forms of violence) is acceptable. The child should not be able to associate the character on the screen with real life characters, they should be totally fantasy. The game should not contain any sounds or pictures that are likely to scare or frighten young children. No bad language should be heard and there should be no scenes containing nudity nor any referring to sexual activity.

  PEGI 7

Any game that would normally be rated at 3+ but contains some possibly frightening scenes or sounds may be considered suitable in this category. Some scenes of partial nudity may be permitted but never in a sexual context.

  PEGI 12

Video games that show violence of a slightly more graphic nature towards fantasy character and/or non graphic violence towards human-looking characters or recognisable animals, as well as video games that show nudity of a slightly more graphic nature would fall in this age category. Any bad language in this category must be mild and fall short of sexual expletives.

  PEGI 16

This rating is applied once the depiction of violence (or sexual activity) reaches a stage that looks the same as would be expected in real life. More extreme bad language, the concept of the use of tobacco and drugs and the depiction of criminal activities can be content of games that are rated 16+.

  PEGI 18

The adult classification is applied when the level of violence reaches a stage where it becomes depictions of gross violence and/or includes elements of specific types of violence. Gross violence is the most difficult to define since in a lot of cases it can be very subjective, but in general terms it can be classed as the depictions of violence that would make the viewer feel a sense of revulsion.

Descriptors shown on the back of packaging indicate the main reasons why a game has received a particular age rating. There are eight such descriptors: violence, bad language, fear, drugs, sexual, discrimination, gambling and online gameplay with other people. PEGI provides the following descriptor graphics:

  Game contains depictions of violence

  Game contains bad language

  Game depicts nudity and/or sexual behaviour or contains sexual references

  Game refers to or depicts the use of drugs

  Game may be frightening or scary for young children

  Games that encourage or teach gambling

  Game contains depictions of, or material which may encourage, discrimination

  Game can be played online

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BBFC Ratings

The BBFC is an independent British body that uses minimum ages to categorise films and PC and video games.

18: the film or game is only suitable for adults (persons aged 18 or over). It has an adult theme and contains strong scenes of sex or violence that could be quite graphic. It may also contain some very explicit language. It is an offence for a shop to supply an 18-rated video, DVD or game to anyone below the age of 18

15: the film or game is unsuitable for anyone younger than 15. It may have a fairly adult theme or contain mature content, language and violence which, while not being particularly graphic, is unsuitable for younger teenagers. It is an offence for a shop to supply a 15-rated video, DVD or game to anyone below the age of 15

12: the film or game is unsuitable for anyone younger than 12. It may have moments of mild violence and swear words. It is an offence for a shop to supply a 12-rated video, DVD or game to anyone below the age of 12

PG: this stands for "parental guidance", which means that parents might wish to check the film or game before allowing their younger children to watch it

U: the film or game is suitable for children of all ages

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CBFC Ratings

The Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), a statutory body formed under the Cinematograph Act, 1952 offers the following film-rating system designed to provide guidance for parents about which films are suitable for children to see.

U: suitable for unrestricted public exhibition

UA: suitable for unrestricted public exhibition with an endorsement by the Board that such a film may require parental guidance for children below the age of twelve years.

A: not suitable for unrestricted public exhibition, but suitable for public exhibition restricted to adults, i.e. people above 18 years of age.

S: suitable for public exhibition restricted to members of any profession or class of persons.

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