LAST UPDATE: 2016/01/13

Age categories (restrictions) of computer games

(Please read following advices in order to fill the name and age category of game!)

Most parents don’t know that there is an age category on games. The producers of games receive assessments from several world-class organizations which declare that the game is suitable for particular age categories and not suitable for the other age categories. Without this kind of assessment, they are unable to sell the game on the domestic and international market. The assessment is placed on the front side of the game case and on the disc with special signs, as it can be directly seen. There are a few organization recognized on the world to approve the age categories. Of which, ESRB and PEGI are the biggest of them. These organizations run operations independently. ESRB is an abbreviation of Entertainment Software Rating Board, which monitors the games launched in Canada and USA. There’s almost no game launched on market without assessment of this organization as USA is the biggest buyer or customer of the game market. Thus we can see the classifications of the current computer games from this organization. For more information about age categories of the games, please visit this organization’s web site

For example: If you type Counter strike on the search part of this site and press search, the following information appears, which is that Counter Strike game is developed by Electronic Arts company and this game is classified as M17+ or for matures.

Age categories and its explanations

Early Childhood. Children of age 3-10 belong to this category, which has been followed since 1994. Games under age 3 is assessed as educational and no need of special marks. This kind of games are easy and have colors and shapes dedicated for children. The way to play this game is also easy, for small children. These games have no content of violence, alcohols, drugs etc.

Everyone. This category is the most common and has a meaning that it’s suitable for everyone above 6. Like the previous category, this category games don’t have any kind of violence or misconducts, but have animation heroes and very little amount of violence, includes the heroes kick or strike down the opposite etc. This category has been followed since 1998.

Everyone 10+. This category games are for children more than age of 10. This category games have a small amount of violence, fantasy, false blood images, strong language etc. But, if the child playing this game is over 10 the game is considered to have nothing to give bad behavior. This category has been followed since 2005.

Teens. This category games are for everyone more than age of 13. This kind of games has mild violence, crude humor, blood, simulated gambling and/or infrequent use of strong language. However, it’s not as much to worry because teens aged 13 are understand what the game is. Thus it has a small negative impact.

Mature 17+. Content is generally suitable for ages 17 and up. May contain intense violence, blood, alcohol and gore, sexual content and/or strong language. If a child under age of 17 wants to play this game, you should be next to the child and provide him/her a proper understanding of the game. It’s recommended not to allow under-17 child to play this category game without control or permission of parents.

Adults only. Content suitable only for adults ages 18 and up. This kind of game is not allowed to be sold to children by game stores and is allowed to be sold to adults only, like alcohols and tobaccos. There were only 25 games in this category before 2010.


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