A Games Rating System Based on Islamic Law

November 29, 2010 -

The Index Conferences and Exhibitions Organization and the Iran National Foundation of Computer Games announced a new Islamic-based ratings system for video games during a press conference held at the Dubai World Game Expo this week. The ratings system, the Entertainment Software Rating Association (ESRA) was created by a research team at the National Foundation of Computer Game.

"The approach of Islam is based on Human being innateness 'Al Fitra,' and the most important innate trends are truth, virtue, benevolence, excellence tendency, innovation and creativity," said Dr. Behrouz Minaei, the Managing Director at Iran National Foundation of Computer Games. "That's why we made sure that ESRA team are proficient in these areas; Religion, Psychopathology, Educational psychology, Social psychology, Sociology of the family, Family Sociology, Emotional Psychology, Family therapy and Educational technology."

Minaei added that this ratings system is based on a lot of research including other ratings systems used around the world to rate games.

"The rating system is designed based on the culture, society and the special values of Islam". It was not revealed which countries in the Middle East might adopt this new ratings system, but it is probably safe to assume that Iran will be one of the first countries to give it a try.

 

Story and image source: zawya.com

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Re: A Games Rating System Based on Islamic Law

Isn't Iran's the rating system with the 25 and up age rating and THEN a banning?

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The more the merrier the one that gains the most support will be the one to "win".

 

ANd why do I have a feeling Japan will be targeting them with a ton of virtuous(in the name of) guro and rape sims......*rolls eyes*

 

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Re: A Games Rating System Based on Islamic Law

Interesting.  Does anyone know if any Christian groups in the US have tried to create their own rating system?  What about other religions?  

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There are Christian based reviewers that form their opinions on conservatively defined morality, and basically tell other Christians which games are "bad" for you and your soul.  Common Sense Media comes to mind, but there are many others online, like guide2games.  Some aren't so bad, but many like to condemn video games widely, and are dismissive and derogatory of any game that offends them.  They can't simply say, "this game might not be for you."  Instead, they snarl and sneer at the sinful displays and blame them for the corruption of " core values" and the downfall of civilization.

I'm not too hopeful that this "Islamic" ratings system will be as thoughtful as their press release makes them out to sound.  Basing anything on religious "virtues" is tricky, since we're not talking about simple content descriptors here, but judgements based on a rigid morality system.

Re: A Games Rating System Based on Islamic Law

Wasn't there another gaming board in the middle east just for video games. Seems kind of redundent to have two boards on the same thing.

http://www.magicinkgaming.com/

 
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