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Does anyone else think the way they rate games these days [in terms of age suitability] is a bit over the top?

Officially you need to be at least 16 years old to be able to buy the majority of ps4 games these days

I've noticed they rate-up games way harsher than they used to:

Look at how Resident Evil 0 has been bumped up [same game, direct port]

gamecube original: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Capcom-Resi...G331HQ1B8NZNKJ

ps3 version

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Resident-Ev...6059907&sr=8-3

*where has the extra 3 yrs come from??



I find it challenging to find my nephew any decent games as gifts, because he's officially too young for most of them and the parents are pretty strict when it comes to age related stuff
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They is likely because they are different rating boards, the original version was rated by BBFC rating whereas the version PS3 was rated by PEGI.

I have never paid any attention to age rating.
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They is likely because they are different rating boards, the original version was rated by BBFC rating whereas the version PS3 was rated by PEGI.
I would say this and the fact that the graphics are waaay more realistic and gory now.
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My dad never cared about age ratings so we got to play whatever we wanted. Age ratings are flawed, there isn't some universal trait that changes with age. Some people can handle it and others don't like it, not really worth paying mind to.
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Does anyone else think the way they rate games these days [in terms of age suitability] is a bit over the top?

Officially you need to be at least 16 years old to be able to buy the majority of ps4 games these days

I've noticed they rate-up games way harsher than they used to:

Look at how Resident Evil 0 has been bumped up [same game, direct port]

gamecube original: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Capcom-Resi...G331HQ1B8NZNKJ

ps3 version

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Resident-Ev...6059907&sr=8-3

*where has the extra 3 yrs come from??



I find it challenging to find my nephew any decent games as gifts, because he's officially too young for most of them and the parents are pretty strict when it comes to age related stuff
can't you buy him another gift like a game accessory?
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They is likely because they are different rating boards, the original version was rated by BBFC rating whereas the version PS3 was rated by PEGI.

I have never paid any attention to age rating.
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I would say this and the fact that the graphics are waaay more realistic and gory now.
PEGI seem too harsh imo.
Regarding the graphics, in the resident evil example I posted in the OP there's little difference in terms of graphics, it's a port basically.

I just think these PEGI people are more conservative.

anyone know the reason from the switch from BBFC to PEGI?
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Age ratings are hardly respected nowadays, I don't think it matters.
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My dad never cared about age ratings so we got to play whatever we wanted. Age ratings are flawed, there isn't some universal trait that changes with age. Some people can handle it and others don't like it, not really worth paying mind to.
My parents always paid attention to them. When I was like 10 I had a mortal kombat demo disc, ...and eventually it disappeared and my mum said it broke so she threw it away. I found out years later that it didn't break and that she took it because she deemed it unsuitable.

My parents would not allow me to buy any games above my age [by more than a year]. Luckily back then [in the mega drive/playstation era] most games were rated reasonably meaning I didn't really miss out on much.

These days though, If I was still a kid .. i'd be missing out on a lot due to inflated game ratings. Like Even stuff like Final Fantasy these days you need to be 16+ ... it's ridiculous. I'd happily give that game to a 12 year old

I just typed in "best ps4 games" into google and if you're under 16 you can hardly play anything....... [if you have/had parents like mine]
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literally no one cares about age ratings. No one pays attention so who really cares, it could be rated a 12 or a 99 but it wouldn't make any difference
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can't you buy him another gift like a game accessory?
I could I suppose, although I'd like to buy him a decent game ....but last time the game I bought wasn't a good one because I literally couldn't find anything that was "suitable"

I know If I buy him anything which is more than a year away from his age his parents are bound to take it away.
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literally no one cares about age ratings. No one pays attention so who really cares, it could be rated a 12 or a 99 but it wouldn't make any difference
There are quite a few parents who don't care, yes. I mean, I got the impression that most of my friends parents at school didn't care, But there are definitely some that do.

I just think it's a shame how games are rated these days tbh, as some kids will be left out experiencing good titles......
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There are quite a few parents who don't care, yes. I mean, I got the impression that most of my friends parents at school didn't care, But there are definitely some that do.

I just think it's a shame how games are rated these days tbh, as some kids will be left out experiencing good titles......
Nah I wasn't talking about the parents I meant the actual people who are playing them. I'm 16 and I've been playing games like COD, CS:GO and R6S for years and I couldn't care less.

My parents always give the whole "it will have an affect on you" (code for you'll start shooting people in real life) but so far I have absolutely 0 wish to shoot people in real life for the hell of it :lol:
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PEGI seem too harsh imo.
Regarding the graphics, in the resident evil example I posted in the OP there's little difference in terms of graphics, it's a port basically.

I just think these PEGI people are more conservative.

anyone know the reason from the switch from BBFC to PEGI?
PEGI in the European equivalent of the ESRB. PEGI is a Europe wide standard for all games sold in the area. I am unsure of the reason for the switch over.

It seems that the PS3 version is an HD remaster which is what bumped up the rating.
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PEGI in the European equivalent of the ESRB. PEGI is a Europe wide standard for all games sold in the area. I am unsure of the reason for the switch over.

It seems that the PS3 version is an HD remaster which is what bumped up the rating.
interesting link.

how can a HD remaster bump it up by 3 years though?
Hardly anything has changed essentially. I think somewhere between 2009 and 2016 PEGI just got more conservative because that site said it rated 2 previous versions of the game 16, which was closer to the BBFC rating of 15
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Nah I wasn't talking about the parents I meant the actual people who are playing them. I'm 16 and I've been playing games like COD, CS:GO and R6S for years and I couldn't care less.

My parents always give the whole "it will have an affect on you" (code for you'll start shooting people in real life) but so far I have absolutely 0 wish to shoot people in real life for the hell of it :lol:

Literally all kids will not care about ratings as they just want to play the games, but ultimately if a kid has game that his parents think is unsuitable they'll often just take it away.

Game Shops seem to care about ratings too, I remember buying the original God of War back in the day and being asked about my age by the cashier, and a few yrs ago in a shop saw an adult buying his son an 18 rated game and the cashier trying to put him off buying it. I think a kid would may have trouble possibly buying a game above his age range.

I remember when I was 17, they started increasing the size of the game ratings on games to like 2 or 3 times the size they used to be. I think it was around that time they started to get harsher........

I'm ngl though, after heavily playing gta 3 or gta vice city at 17 [can't remember which], I did start feeling an urge to slam drivers heads against the steering wheel and car jack people at traffic lights ..lol
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anyone know the reason from the switch from BBFC to PEGI?
PEGI are a guideline and not legally binding age ratings. Shops may refuse to sell games with a PEGI age rating to somebody younger on the grounds of morality and honesty in business but they are not required by law to do so. BBFC age ratings are legally binding so shops which sell games to somebody younger are breaking the law and may be prosecuted.


Also notice how PEGI age ratings are squares and BBFC age ratings are circles.

Video games are not required by law to have age ratings unless they include high definition violence or pornography etc. comparable to that in a film which would require an age rating.
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Literally all kids will not care about ratings as they just want to play the games, but ultimately if a kid has game that his parents think is unsuitable they'll often just take it away.
My parents never try to actively stop me, they just advise me. Then again not all parents are the same so I don't know :ninja:

(Original post by ANM775)
Game Shops seem to care about ratings too, I remember buying the original God of War back in the day and being asked about my age by the cashier, and a few yrs ago in a shop saw an adult buying his son an 18 rated game and the cashier trying to put him off buying it. I think a kid would may have trouble possibly buying a game above his age range.
Isn't that like a legal thing though not whether the geezer at the desk personally cares

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I remember when I was 17, they started increasing the size of the game ratings on games to like 2 or 3 times the size they used to be. I think it was around that time they started to get harsher........
Yeah, but if you want to ignore it you can always just turn a blind eye

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I'm ngl though, after heavily playing gta 3 or gta vice city at 17 [can't remember which], I did start feeling an urge to slam drivers heads against the steering wheel and car jack people at traffic lights ..lol
Lmao
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interesting link.

how can a HD remaster bump it up by 3 years though?
Hardly anything has changed essentially. I think somewhere between 2009 and 2016 PEGI just got more conservative because that site said it rated 2 previous versions of the game 16, which was closer to the BBFC rating of 15
It is probably more conservative as they have to serve as the classification board for the entirety of Europe rather than what is appropriate in just the UK. I higher level of realism with the upscaled textures is likely to have been what caused the increase.

I am unsure of how they are rated by PEGI but Noclip did a good documentary on the ESRB recently.
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Well how old is your nephew? At the age of 17, not gonna lie I always love a good Lego game
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PEGI are a guideline and not legally binding age ratings. Shops may refuse to sell games with a PEGI age rating to somebody younger on the grounds of morality and honesty in business but they are not required by law to do so. BBFC age ratings are legally binding so shops which sell games to somebody younger are breaking the law and may be prosecuted.


Also notice how PEGI age ratings are squares and BBFC age ratings are circles.

Video games are not required by law to have age ratings unless they include high definition violence or pornography etc. comparable to that in a film which would require an age rating.

that's interesting.

I notice though that resident evil 7 is pegi rated, so do you mean that they can literally sell it to anyone?

that is the most gory game i've ever played. I am not soft, but even I was grimacing hard at some points playing that. I don't really think they should just be allowed to sell that to "anyone" imo

I wouldn't object to that game carrying a BBFC rating

Playing that game with playstation VR must be truly terrifying lol...
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