Video game ratings

If you’re wondering about the best video games for your child, you could start by looking at ratings.

Video games are classified by the Office of Film and Literature Classification (OFLC) using the same classification system as for movies and videos:

  • G rating: there is very mild violence in games rated G. Content with this rating is produced for a general audience. It’s still important to check out games with a G rating yourself.
  • PG rating: parental guidance is recommended for content with this rating. These games are generally appropriate for children older than eight years. They come with a standard description of violence or sexual content, language and themes.
  • M rating: games classified M (Mature) contain content of a moderate impact and are recommended for teenagers aged 15 years and over. Children under 15 may legally access this material because it is an advisory category. But M-classified games might include classifiable elements such as violence and nudity of moderate impact that are not recommended for children under 15 years.

Video games are classified but downloadable games and mobile apps are not classified in this way.

Ratings and classifications are helpful. But in the end it’s up to you to decide whether content is appropriate for your child.