I can’t believe what I dumbo I can be! I try to protect my children- provide them age appropriate toys, limit television to the least violent and frightening things, only go onto safe Internet sites with them and so on. Yet, despite having our XBox for over a year now, with a handful of games, I was totally oblivious to what the PEGI (Pan European Game Information) ratings actually mean.
I thought the PEGI ratings symbolised for which age group upwards the games were suitable in terms of ability. Do you think the same? Well we are WRONG, as I found out through taking a challenge with Askaboutgames.com. To quote from the site:
the PEGI rating on a game confirms that it [the game] contains content suitable for a certain age group and above. …It is not, however, a measure of who will enjoy the game or how difficult that game is.
Not only that, but there are little symbols- content descriptors that tell you why a certain game is given a certain PEGI rating. Totally didn’t look at those before.
So as you can imagine I scored pretty low on the following quiz. Oops! *hangs head in shame*
Try it! See how you do. (…and put me to even more shame.)
Gaming safety for kids Quiz
The 12, 16 and 18 PEGI age ratings are legally binding for retailers.
The 16 and 18 PEGI age ratings are legally binding for retailers.
The 18 PEGI age ratings is legally binding for retailers.
The game contains spiders
The game connects to the internet
The game maybe frightening for younger children
The game contains violence
The force will be with you while playing this game
This is a boxing game