Getting Informed About Gaming

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PEGI 3 and 7 are green advisory badges for games suitable for younger players. 

PEGI 12 and 16 are legally enforced amber badges that highlight more mature content such as violence, nudity or profanity. 

PEGI 18 red badges signify games for adults with gross violence that would give the player a sense of revulsion.

On the back of the box, or nearby online, a set of descriptor symbols denote why a game got its rating: Bad Language, Drugs, Fear, Gambling, Sex and Violence.

Websites like provide a resource for this information along with the Games Rating Authority’s additional information in easy to find video guides.

gaming_2.jpgThe best way to play games with your family is to play them together. Look for games that will appeal to the different ages of your children, as well as titles you’d like to play yourself.

Lego video games are popular with multiplayer modes that let the family play together. Skylanders is another good choice that combines toys and video-game interactions. 

Minecraft on Xbox is a good match for families as they can play together on the console, PC and tablet device. LittleBigPlanet and Tricky Towers are great creative and collaborative family games on PlayStation 4. Of course Mario games on the 3DS, Wii U and upcoming Nintendo Switch will top many lists this year too. Tablet and smartphone games are popular too with, Steamworld Heist and Alphabear both providing a fun challenge.  

So remember, ratings are there to help parents make informed choices when choosing games, and ensure families get more out of the games they play together.


Andy Robertson is a freelance family technology expert for the BBC. He runs the Family Gamer TV YouTube channel and contributes to a range of national media on the topic of video-games and family.

Andy Robertson – Family Gaming Expert