PEGI stands for Pan European Game Information and are an age rating system that was established in 2003 to help European parents make informed decisions on buying computer games. In the UK, 37 % of the population aged between 16 and 49 describe themselves as ‘active gamers’. 49% of games are suitable for players of all ages, there are many that are only suitable for older children and young teenagers and 4% of games that are made for adults only.


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PEGI states that there is no evidence to prove that playing violent video games causes any long-term or lasting increase in aggressiveness or violence. The research on whether video games encourage violence focuses primary on short term effects and is inconsistent. And then suggested to read these documents:
  • Raymond Boyle and Matthew Hibberd, “Review of Research on the Impact of Violent Computer Games on Young People” Stirling Media Research Institute, March 2005
  • Simon Egenfeldt-Nielsen and Jonas Heide Smith,“Playing With Fire? How do computer games affect the player? ” Report for The Media Council for Children and Young People, September 2003
  • Freedman (Jonathan L.), “Evaluating the Research on Violent Video Games”, Department of Psychology, University of Toronto.





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