The Use and Abuse of the ESRB & PEGI

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Video game ratings systems vary dramatically from country to country, which causes stress on the video game world. Many countries have their own ratings systems, the majority of which are supported in some fashion by their government. Attacks based on content within a game or the ratings it received are commonly made by parents and the government, but also by producers and the gamers themselves. In my opinion if video game ratings systems are supported by the gaming community and run well, they are the best wait to ensure that games get to their intended audience.

There are two primary ratings systems that come up in discussions among American gamers: the Entertainment Software Ratings Board and the Pan-European Game Information. Both rate games in a similar fashion and on similar stakes; however, their initial rating of a game and/or content of a game can vary dramatically. Video games in…

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