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The Computer Entertainment Rating Organization system (CERO for short) is an organization that rates video games released for consoles in Japan. Despite its name, it mostly only governs console game ratings. The majority of PC and mobile games released in Japan are governed by the older EOCS organization. Both are considered the equivalents of the Entertainment Software Rating Board in North America.

An icon-based content descriptor system will take effect in June for all games except those rated "All Ages". It's similar to the Pan European Game Information system's icons.

Current ratings

CERO A CERO B CERO C CERO DCERO Z

  • A - (CERO: A) Suitable for everyone, regardless of age.
  • B - (CERO: B) Have content that may be suitable for ages 12 and older.
  • C - (CERO: C) Have content that may be suitable for ages 15 and older.
  • D - (CERO: D) Have content that may be suitable for ages 17 and older.
  • Z - (CERO: Z) Must be 18 or older.

The ratings A-D are advisory, while Z is strictly enforced. Many games rated as "18" under the old system have been re-rated as D.

Former ratings

The old ratings system was retired on March 1, 2006, in favor of the new ratings system. It was divided into "All Ages," "12 and Up," "15 and Up," and "18 and Up.". All ratings are advisory.

CERO Free logo
CERO 12 logo
CERO 15 logo
CERO 18 logo
  • Free (CERO: Free)- Titles rated All Ages are suitable for everyone, regardless of age.
  • 12 (CERO: 12) - Titles rated 12 and Up have content that may be suitable for ages 12 and older.
  • 15 (CERO: 15) - Titles rated 15 and Up have content that may be suitable for ages 15 and older.
  • 18 (CERO: 18) - Titles rated 18 and Up have content that may be suitable for persons ages 18 and older.

Contents descriptor icons

In April 2004, CERO defined the following "contents descriptor icons". These icons are displayed on the back of all packages except those rated as "All ages".

CEROLove - Love CEROSexual - Sexual CEROViolence - Violence
CEROHorror - Horror CEROGambling - Gambling CEROCrime - Criminal
CEROAlcoholTobacco - Alcohol or Tobacco CERODrugs - Drugs CEROLanguageMisc - Language or other


Game Rating
Americas
ESRB (United States/Canada/Mexico)
Europe
PEGI (Europe) • BBFC (UK) • ELSPA (UK, retired) • USK (Germany) • VET (Finland)
Asia
CERO (Japan, console) • EOCS (Japan, PC/mobile) • GRB (South Korea)
Australia/New Zealand
ACB (Australia) • OFLC (New Zealand)


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