What is PEGI?
The PEGI system is designed to inform the public of what’s suitable and what’s not for different ages. PEGI’s professional analysts look at hundreds of video games every year and determine what is suitable for different age groups using a set of criteria which have been established by experts in the field of child protection, psychology, the law and media. These criteria help them to decide what game content is appropriate in each of five rating groups.
All games released in the UK will have PEGI ratings on the packaging; 3,7,12,16 or 18 meaning that games rated as such should not be played by persons below those respective age bars. Why?
Because it’s quite possible that there may be content within the game which could potentially be harmful, frightening or worrying to developing children. Next to the age rating there are also pictograms to explain why the rating was awarded.