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For the rating template, see {{CERO}}.

Computer Entertainment Rating Organization (CERO) is the organization that rates videogames and computer software in Japan with levels of rating that informs the customer of the nature of the product and for what age group it is suitable. It was established on July 2002 as a branch of Computer Entertainment Supplier's Association, using Entertainment Software Rating Board as a model and became an officially recognized non-profit organization in 2003.

Rating[edit]

On March 1, 2006, CERO made a new, revised version of the ratings system. The symbols the CERO uses are stylized depictions of letters, meant to convey at a glance a game's suitability:

CERO A.jpg AAll ages: (Equivalent to the ESRB's EARLY CHILDHOOD, EVERYONE, and EVERYONE 10+ and PEGI's 3+ and 7+). It is often likened to the Eirin's "G" Rating.
CERO B.jpg BAges 12 and up: (Equivalent to the ESRB's TEEN and PEGI's 12+). It is often likened to the Eirin's "PG-12" rating.
CERO C.jpg CAges 15 and up: (Equivalent to the PEGI's 16+). It is often likened to the Eirin's "R-15" rating.
CERO D.jpg DAges 17 and up: (Equivalent to the ESRB's MATURE)
CERO Z.jpg ZAges 18 and up only: (Equivalent to the ESRB's ADULTS ONLY and PEGI's 18+). It is often likened to the Eirin's "R-18" rating.

One of the symbols above is displayed on the front of the package. This mark is the notation of the age suitability based on the contents. The Z rating may not appear to be very different from the D rating, the only difference is that the Z rating is regulated under the government.

Contents descriptor icons[edit]

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".

Classic Ratings[edit]

For the classic rating template, see {{CERO old}}.

The symbols the CERO used were stylized depictions of numbers, meant to convey at a glance a game's suitability:

All ages
All ages: (Equivalent to the ESRB's EVERYONE and PEGI's 3+ and 7+). This rating was replaced by "A".
Ages 12 and up
Ages 12 and up: (Equivalent to the ESRB's TEEN and PEGI's 12+). This rating was replaced by "B".
Ages 15 and up
Ages 15 and up: (Equivalent to the ESRB's MATURE and PEGI's 16+). This rating was replaced "C".
Ages 18 and up
Ages 18 and up: (Equivalent to the ESRB's MATURE or ADULTS ONLY and PEGI's 18+). This rating was replaced by the two ratings "D" and "Z", setting the age levels where "D" is for ages 17 and over, and "Z" is for ages 18 and over only (Adults ONLY).

Trivia[edit]

  • The first title that rated "Ages 18 and up" is Dead to Rights on Xbox (Released in Nov. 28, 2002).
  • As of 2005, the following titles are games on Nintendo hardware that rated "Ages 17 and up":
  • Due to societal and cultural differences between the eastern and western worlds (especially the United States and Canada), some titles rated "All ages" by CERO are rated differently outside Japan (hence the term "rating system deviation"), such as:
    • Godzilla: Unleashed for the Wii has an E10+ rating from the ESRB. The ESRB's E rating (not E10+) is equivalent to CERO's A.
  • Even though the word "computer" is in its name, the CERO mostly deals with ratings of console games and not PC games.

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