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The Recreational Software Advisory Council (RSAC) was an independent, non-profit organization founded in the USA in 1994 by the Software Publishers Association as well as six other industry leaders in response to video game controversy and threats of government regulation. The goal of the council was to provide objective content ratings for computer games, similar to the earlier formed Videogame Rating Council (VRC) and later Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB). The ratings were based on the research of Dr. Donald F. Roberts of Stanford University who studied media and its effect on children. The council formed RSACi in 1995 which was a branch which rated websites. The organization was closed in 1999 and reformed into the Internet Content Rating Association (ICRA). The background, formation and rating process of the RSAC and RSACi may be viewed here.

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Level 1
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Level 2
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Level 3
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Level 4
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Violence
Harmless conflict; some damage to objects Creatures injured or killed; damage to objects; fighting Humans injured or killed; with small amount of blood Humans injured or killed; blood and gore Wanton and gratuitous violence; torture; rape
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Nudity/Sex
No nudity or revealing attire / Romance, no sex Revealing attire / Passionate kissing Partial nudity / Clothed sexual touching Non-sexual frontal nudity / Non-explicit sexual activity Provocative frontal nudity / Explicit sexual activity; sex crimes
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Language
Inoffensive slang; no profanity Mild expletives Expletives; non-sexual anatomical references Strong, vulgar language; obscene gestures Crude or explicit sexual references

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