The Computer Entertainment Rating Organization wiki last edited by NuclearWinter on 06/22/13 05:57AM View full history

Overview

Often abbreviated as CERO, the organization was founded in 2002 as a non-profit and provides ratings for games released in Japan. Similar to the ESRB, games are submitted by game publishers for review by an impartial panel of raters.

Age Ratings

Games are rated both on age and content. The system was overhauled in 2006 with the original 4 separate age ratings being replaced by 5 new ratings.

All Ages became A.

12 and older became B.

15 and older became C.

18 and older became D and Z.

Each of the present age ratings is given a corresponding representative colour. displayed on the spine of game boxes. The age ratings system at present is as follows:

Age RatingDescription
Cero A: for all ages.
Expressions and content subjected to age-specific limitation are not included in the game, thereby being suitable for all ages.

Colour: Black
Cero B: for 12 year olds and above.

Expression and content suitable only to 12 year olds and above are included in the game.

Colour: Green

Cero C: for 15 year olds and above.
Expression and content suitable only to 15 year olds and above are included in the game.

Colour: Blue
Cero D: for 17 year olds and above.
Expression and content suitable only to 17 year olds and above are included in the game.

Colour: Orange
Cero Z: for 18 year olds and above only.
Expression and content suitable only to 18 year olds and above are included in the game. (This assumes that the game should not be sold or distributed to those younger than 18 years old.

Colour: Red

Three additional ratings are available for specific circumstances. They are represented as follows.

RatingDescription
Educational/Database
CERO Regulations Compatible
For trial versions of games.
Rating Scheduled
For games that are being promoted but have yet to be reviewed.

Content Icons

Content icons are also included on game packaging to illustrate what factors influenced a game's age rating. They are represented as follows.

Content Icons

Controlled substances (drugs)

Crime

Drinking/Smoking

Gambling

Horror

Language and others

Love

Sexual content

Violence

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