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Unterhaltungssoftware Selbstkontrolle (German: Self-Monitoring of Entertainment Software) or USK, is Germany's software rating organization.

The rating for specific games may refer to localised versions, in which some elements of the game are changed in order to achieve a lower rating, or to ensure that the game may be legally sold at all. This is a very common practice, especially for games that would usually receive a "USK 18" rating. A potential problem of this "self-censorship" is that the original ambiance of a game may get lost. In some cases, the whole plot of a game had to be changed to qualify for a lower USK rating.

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Games that are refused classification are referred to the Bundesprüfstelle für jugendgefährdende Medien (Federal Verification Office for Youth-Endangering Media) and can be placed on the Index (a process known in German as Indizierung), upon which the titles may only be sold on request to adults over the age of 18, and are not to be advertised in retail stores or other media. It is permitted to use these titles in private but not to supply them to minors.

Ratings

Software can receive one of the following ratings (the icons below have recently been replaced by new ones):

Without age restrictions
Freigegeben ohne Altersbeschränkung gemäß § 14 JuSchG (Without age restrictions)
There are no restrictions on the basis of the Jugendschutzgesetz on the sale of this game. The suitability for children, however, only relates to violent or sexual content – the difficulty or complexity of the game may still be unsuited to younger children.
Restricted for those below the age of 6
Freigegeben ab 6 Jahren gemäß § 14 JuSchG (Restricted for those below the age of 6)
Games with this rating may be of an abstract or comical nature, may have a darker theme or may be too involving for children under the age of 6. This may include games like Point Blank, the Mario Kart series, Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy and Super Mario Galaxy.
Restricted for those below the age of 12
Freigegeben ab 12 Jahren gemäß § 14 JuSchG (Restricted for those below the age of 12)
Games with this rating may place a focus on wars or fighting of some description, or contain mild lyrics and suggestive themes. The fighting should be in a historical or science fiction context and the violence should be kept to a minimum. This may include games like Ninja Assault, Super Smash Bros Brawl, three games of the Need for Speed series (Most Wanted, Carbon, Undercover) and Midnight Club: Los Angeles.
Restricted for those below the age of 16
Freigegeben ab 16 Jahren gemäß § 14 JuSchG (Restricted for those below the age of 16)
Games featuring frequent one-on-one gunfights and moderate violence (no visible blood) will receive this rating. The game may cover adult themes. This include games like Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Double Agent, and Metroid Prime 3: Corruption.
Restricted for those below the age of 18
Freigegeben ab 18 Jahren gemäß § 14 JuSchG or Keine Jugendfreigabe gemäß § 14 JuSchG (Restricted for those below the age of 18)
These games may contain scenes of brutal, moderately bloody violence, and they may glorify war or violation of human rights. This may include games like Halo 3, Doom 3, or Hitman Blood Money.

Censoring and blacklisting

Until 2003 it was still possible for USK-rated games to be blacklisted in Germany, but as of 2003, USK-rated entertainment software can not be put on the so-called Index anymore. Games with a USK 18 rating are not necessarily uncut, due to distributors striving for a rating. An unrated game may be released and sold until further notice, but is forbidden to be sold to minors below 18 years old, even if it is clearly targeted at kids. The USK can reject a rating if they find parts of it to be unlawful, glorify war or show suffering people in violation of human dignity. Then the BPjM can test whether to put the game on the Index or not.

See also

  • ESRB, the United States and Canadian computer and video game rating system.
  • CERO, the Japanese computer and video game rating system.
  • OFLC, the Australian computer and video game rating system.
  • PEGI, the European computer and video game rating system.
  • ELSPA, the former British computer and video game rating system, replaced by the PEGI ratings.

This article uses material from the "Unterhaltungssoftware Selbstkontrolle" article on the Final Fantasy wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.

GTA

Up to date as of February 09, 2010
(Redirected to USK article)

From Grand Theft Wiki

Unterhaltungssoftware Selbstkontrolle (USK) is the software rating organisation used in Germany. The USK is often seen as quite a strict ratings board, partly due to the country's paranoia around violent video games, as such a number of video games have been banned or required the developers to cut or edit certain features.

The Grand Theft Auto series (since GTA III) has fallen victim to this, and in some of the games edits made include: the removal of blood, pedestrians no longer dropping money when killed, no headshots, some missions removed, some weapons missing or lack additional functionality. The changes aren't made directly to the German version of GTA III, but to the German language option in the whole franchise. So if a copy of GTA III not released in Germany, had the language changed by in-game options to German, these effects would take place. Similarly, a copy of GTA III released in Germany had the language selected anything other than German, the edits would disappear.

Grand Theft Auto Game Ratings

While most of the GTA games have been given a rating of USK 16, they have been subject to cuts as mentioned above, despite the fact there is a higher USK 18 rating, given to games glamourising war, or containing brutal violence, lots of blood etc.

The GTA games and their ratings:

See also

External links

  • USK German website

This article uses material from the "USK" article on the GTA wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.







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