posted on Jan, 12 2013 @ 04:20 PM
Here are the PEGI (Pan European Game Information) ratings that are used in the UK. Very similiar to the ESRB ratings we use in the US, as posted by
Shiva. My take is that it depends on the child and their ability to separate reality from fiction. If you would let him watch a war movie, or
R-rated sci-fi flick, let him play some Halo. Unfortunately there are a lot of people who think 'it's just a video game' and assume they're all
meant for kids. Halo is pretty tame compared to a lot of other M-rated or 16+ rated games, but it's still killing other people and creatures, just
with less blood and swearing than some.
I sell video games for a living and am always amazed by the double standards of some parents. They are completely fine with their children
massacring entire platoons of digital soldiers with all the blood and gore you could imagine, but throw in a digital boob and it's suddenly
inappropriate and offensive. One of these things is very natural, the other is not....
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3: Suitable for ages 3 and older. 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 violence, sports, or 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, coarse language, mild sexual references or innuendo, or gambling.
Similar to BBFC's 12 rating and ESRB's Everyone 10+ (high end) and Teen (low end) ratings.
16: Suitable for ages 16 and older. May contain explicit violence, strong language, sexual references or content, gambling, or drug use
(encouragement). Similar to BBFC's 15 rating and ESRB's Teen (high end) and the Mature (low end) ratings.
18: Suitable for ages 18 and older. May contain graphic violence, including "violence towards defenseless people" and "multiple, motiveless
killing", strong language, strong sexual content, gambling, drug use (glamorisation), or discrimination. Similar to BBFC's 18 rating and the ESRB's
Mature (high end) and Adults Only ratings.