We apply the BBFC certificates to games, along with the BBFC guidelines, as these are flexible, context-sensitive and much fairer than any other system. The BBFC stopped rating games a few years ago but because their guidelines are better than PEGI’s and Common Sense Media’s, we decided to set up this site to give parents the best advice on whether a game is suitable for their children.
WE ARE NOT THE BBFC AND THESE AGE RATINGS ARE NOT OFFICIAL. DO NOT HOLD THE BBFC TO ACCOUNT FOR OUR RATINGS.
Why we’re different from PEGI: We assess games on a case-by-case basis, using our common sense rather than very strict guidelines. So Assassin’s Creed 3 for instance gets rated 15, not 18, because the player CAN kill innocent civilians, the player is discouraged from doing this. We take length and frequency into account too- a mildly gory scene would be acceptable at 15 but more graphic gore would place a game at 18. PEGI would rate said game 18 regardless of how long the gore is focused on, or how frequently it appears in the game.
In short, we aim to be the most trustworthy resource for parents and we WILL read all feedback on our ratings, positive or negative.
The certificates (click on one to view the BBFC’s guidelines for it)
U– Universal, suitable for all
PG– Generally suitable, but some scenes may be unsuitable for young children. A PG film should not unsettle a child aged around eight or older. Parents should consider whether the content may upset younger, or more sensitive, children.
12– Suitable for 12 years and older
15– Suitable for 15 years and older
18– Suitable for 18 years and older