About JIG/Casual Gameplay ratings
Over the years of maintaining the site, we have covered thousands of games, most of which are appropriate for an all-ages audience. However, there have been some interactive experiences that we have chosen to feature that may not be appropriate for everyone.
To help determine whether a game is appropriate for you (or for your children), we initially settled on a set of 3 tags: "kidsafe", "pg13" and "mature". The problem with these is they suggest an age range, and over the years we would often receive comments such as "I don't think this game is kidsafe" etc.
So, recently we decided that we should move away from suggesting an audience for the games we review, and instead identify potentially objectionable content a game contains.
To that end, we have created the following simplified series of symbols that you will begin to see appearing within the header for the games that we review, along with these corresponding tags: rating-g (green), rating-y (yellow), rating-o (orange), rating-r (red).
Here's what you can expect to find in games labeled with each symbol:
Green :D = not even mildly harsh language
Yellow :o = mildly harsh language (single instance of "hell" or "damn", for example)
Orange :S = some language concerns
Red xP = George Carlin's Seven Words, uncensored, on loop
VIOLENCE: Green :D = no violent content at all
Yellow :o = mild violence, cartoon or otherwise, but no blood
Orange :S = violence, and some blood
Red xP = lots of blood
ADULT SITUATIONS (sex, nudity, drugs):
Green :D = no sex, nudity or drug references at all
Yellow :o = very mild adult situations, nudity or innuendo
Orange :S = drug references, nudity or sexually explicit content
Red xP = we won't feature games that would warrant a red in this category.
We will go only as far as indicating the strongest level of content present from all categories combined. The new rating system is designed to simplify our game ratings by flagging objectionable content, not to provide a detailed listing of the content a game contains. It is up to you to decide whether the game is appropriate for you (or for your children).
We will do our best to identify potentially objectionable content in the games we review. We're not perfect, though, and there may still be points of contention, so feel free to speak up and we'll always be there to listen. :)
Thank you for your visits, your comments and your suggestions!