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Ratings for Sex, Violence

The Computer Game Developer's Association, an industry group, has given its blessing to the Recreational Software Advisory Council's video and computer game rating system.

Using a scale of 0 to 4, the rating system ranks levels of violence, sex or nudity, and strong language. Games with a 0 in all three categories will receive an All Audiences rating, CGDA officials said. In addition to the numeric ranking, the RSAC labels will include brief descriptions detailing content.

Members of the association voted formally to adopt the system, and the CGDA plans to contact major game developers, publishers, and software retailers to promote it. The goal is to make the rating system as familiar to consumers as movie rankings.