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USK - Nazi Symbolism, Violence and the Law Print E-mail
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Written by Christophor "SuperGuido" Rick   
Wednesday, 07 November 2007

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 As I said at the end of the USK Ratings Explained article what I found really interesting in my research were the laws surrounding Nazi symbolism and violence in Germany. As World War II games are so extremely popular I had to ask the question 'what happens to these games in Germany?' Well, here's the answer.

 


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USK - The German Videogame Rating System Explained Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 07 November 2007

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USK stands for Unterhaltungssoftware Selbstkontrolle which is a rather imposing mouthful. So we'll just stick with USK for this article. USK is in charge of rating games and slapping a sticker on them. Germany has chosen to exempt itself from PEGI though the basis of the ratings are very similar. Germany only uses a five level rating system which makes it easier than some of the others. There is no English language version of their website which makes navigating it difficult if you don't know German. http://www.usk.de/ So I broke down the whole system for you here. 

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ESRB - Content Descriptors Explained Print E-mail
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Written by Christophor "SuperGuido" Rick   
Tuesday, 06 November 2007

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This is a long list of things that games may include in them which get them specific ratings. But if the ESRB wants to call attention to specific details they will slap on one or more of these descriptors to make you, the buyer, aware of what the game holds. The major delineation in these is reference versus usage.

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ESRB - North America's Video Game Rating System Explained Print E-mail
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Written by Christophor "SuperGuido" Rick   
Tuesday, 06 November 2007

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The ESRB (Entertainment Software Ratings Board) is a North American organization that was created out of the video game violence controversy. It set forth to label games with appropriate ratings, similar to TV and film, so that children were protected from certain types of content deemed unsuitable for them. The major emphasis on the ratings is whether or not the game contains a specific level of violence. In the higher ratings it includes sex, language and situations. I will use two people and a hotel room as a demonstration model for the ratings.

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CERO - Japan's Content Descriptors Explained Print E-mail
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Monday, 05 November 2007

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The Japanese have, in addition to the 5-tier age rating system, a batch of content descriptors so you know exactly what is in the games in case you again don't speak or read Japanese very well. Of course just talking about these things is slightly boring so I tried to make them interesting. Let the fun begin!

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CERO - Japan's Computer Entertainment Rating Organization System Explained Print E-mail
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Monday, 05 November 2007

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 In the spring of last year Japan relaunched CERO , the videogame rating system for the country. The ratings are a simple 5-step one letter system that is easy to understand even if you don't speak or read Japanese. Of course due to cultural differences on what is acceptable these generally do not translate directly from system to system. If you don't speak Japanese but want to know a rating then go directly to this page on their site and you should be able to figure it out.

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