So, with games becoming more popular and being arbitrarily cited as a cause of violence more and more often, there has been greater emphasis on stricter scrutiny of ratings. Some of us may remember the days where most game were rated E and KA games still existed. However, I feel it might be interesting to take a look at two different rating systems: PEGI and ESRB.
I feel the ESRB needs no introduction, since I am pretty sure most of us use it over here. PEGI on the other hand probably needs more of an introduction. PEGI is the rating system used in Europe, with ratings 4+, 7+ (6+ Portugal), 12+, 17+, 18+. 17+, much like our M, requires parental consent to purchase, and 18+ requires an age of 18 or older to play. The eight content descriptors use pictures instead of words to describe the content (which can be read online. This is probably due to the fact PEGI is used in so many countries, many of which don't speak English, they need to default to something more universal). Perhaps most important about the PEGI system is that the people who rate the game, NICAM, rate all forms of media: Unlike America where individual institutions rate individual mediums (the US differs ultimately because MPAA has a copyright over their ratings).
Now, with all this in mind, I feel that PEGI is an overall effective system. Unfortunately, I wouldn't be surprised if, despite constant pressure for the ESRB to explain the system, many parents don't understand the ESRB system. I feel that PEGI's simple Age system makes it easier for unknowing parents to learn about ratings since, well, it's just ages. And, even though the pictures are probably used to avoid English (given that English speakers, and any language speaker, are probably a minority), it again simplifies things. I also feel that PEGI's rater, NICAM, rating all media also provides for more consistency among media. It startles me how many double standards there are for games. Overall, I feel PEGI is a more effective system because it doesn't require learning, which unfortunately some parents don't want to do, and has more constitency across media.
What about your guy's opinions?
Edited by ZORAPRIME, Feb 25, 2010, 01:47 AM