2018 Volume 28 Issue 1 Pages 2-11
The game rating system in Taiwan is compared with that of other countries and its characteristics are clarified. The Digital Game Rating Committee was launched in Taiwan in 2011. It plays a role in reflecting the opinions from stakeholders such as gaming industry, professors, and parents’ associations on the game content. The Game Software Rating Management Regulation replaced the Computer Software Rating Regulation in 2012; this revision changed the 4-level rating system （G, P, PG, and R） to a 5-level classification system （G, P, PG12, PG15, and R）. Designated testers play games and submit appropriate documentation for game rating. A Game Software Rating Reference Sheet stipulates the rating criteria such as sexual explicitness and depiction of intimacy, violence and terror, drugs, tobacco and alcohol use, improper language, anti-social conduct, and virtual currencies. This mechanism is opened on the website, aiming to secure transparency and objectivity to some extent. Members who review and rate the games include professors, teaching associates, gaming experts, parents’ associates; they do not have a personal interest in the industry.