Useful Notes / Pan European Game Information

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What Entertainment Software Ratings Board is for America, Pan European Game Information is for Europe, in that it's Europe's most prominent video game rating system. It was created in 2003 and gives one of five age ratings taking to consideration one of seven (formerly eight) content descriptors. The games are rated by publishers filling a questionnaire that enquires on possibly family unfriendly content, such as violence, sex or bad language. After receiving it, PEGI's online rating system automatically gives a rating to a game along with content descriptors.

Its website can be found here.

The age ratings PEGI uses:

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    PEGI 3 
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The lowest age rating. As the name implies, games with it are meant for people three or more years old.

The only content descriptor this age rating came with was Online. However, the Online descriptor has been discontinued in 2015 since online play became almost widespread.

Entertainment Software Ratings Board's equivalent to this rating is the Early Childhood Rating in milder cases, or the Everyone Rating for stronger ones.

Games with this rating:

    PEGI 7 
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The second lowest age rating. As the name implies, games with it are meant for people seven or more years old.

The content descriptors that come with this rating are Violence (usually mild or catoonish), Fear (things that may be scary or suspenseful for children), or Online (discontinued in 2015 since online became much more widespread)

Entertainment Software Ratings Board's equivalent to this rating is the Everyone Rating in milder cases, or the Everyone Ten and Up Rating for stronger ones.

Games with this rating:

    PEGI 12 
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The middle rating. As the name implies, games with it are meant for people twelve or more years old.

The content descriptors that come with this rating can be Violence (in a slightly graphic manner), Bad Language (mild swearing), Fear (horrific sounds or effects, but no violent content), Gambling, Sex (sexual posturing or innuendo), and Online (discontinued in 2015 due to online play becoming more widespread).

Entertainment Software Ratings Board's equivalent to this rating is the Everyone Ten and Up Rating in milder cases, or the Teen Rating for stronger ones.

Games with this rating:

    PEGI 16 
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The second highest rating. As the name implies, games with it are meant for people sixteen or more years old.

The content descriptors that come with this rating can be Violence (realistic), Bad Language (sexual expletives or blasphemy), Gambling, Sex (erotic nudity without visible genitals), Drugs, and Online (discontinued in 2015 due to online play becoming more widespread).

Entertainment Software Ratings Board's equivalent to this rating is the Teen Rating in milder cases, or the Mature Rating for stronger ones.

Games with this rating:

    PEGI 18 
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The highest rating. As the name implies, games with it are meant for people eighteen or more years old.

The content descriptors that come with this rating can be Violence (realistic, usually gory), Bad Language (sexual expletives or blasphemy), Gambling, Sex (explicit sexual activity), Drugs, Discrimination, and Online (discontinued in 2015 due to online play becoming more widespread).

Entertainment Software Ratings Board's equivalent to this rating is the Mature Rating in milder cases, or the Adults Only Rating for stronger ones.

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