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The Game Production Handbook, 3rd Edition by Heather Maxwell Chandler

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19

Software Ratings

In This Chapter

• Software Age Ratings

• ESRB (United States)

• PEGI (Europe)

• USK (Germany)

• ACB (Australia)

• CERO (Japan)

• KMRB (Korea)

image19.1 Introduction

Most countries have an established board that assigns an age rating to entertainment software, similar to assigning a rating to a movie. The producer must be aware of the desired rating when developing a game. For example, if the game’s target market includes children older than 13 years, the game content should stay within the appropriate rating guidelines for young teens. If a game depicts graphic violence, drug use, or sexuality, it will run the risk of being banned ...

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