Pretty simple and straightforward question, what rating would a game get for something like this?

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    \$\begingroup\$ From which rating board in which country? Different cultures have very different ideas regarding which grade of lewdness is appropriate for which age group. \$\endgroup\$
    – Philipp
    Commented Dec 29, 2017 at 4:42
  • \$\begingroup\$ I guess ESRB and/or Pegi? Those seem to be the most common. \$\endgroup\$
    – user97936
    Commented Dec 29, 2017 at 4:48
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    \$\begingroup\$ Ironically, the question is neither simple nor straightforward. Things like context are considered, e.g., whether the depiction is sexualized or not. There isn't a specific rule like "+1 age points per obvious nipple" or anything like that; it's all subjective and can depend on all kinds of factors outside your control, like the mood of the reviewer and how good your team is at arguing appeals to the review board. If you're worried about ratings, don't ask how to toe the line; just stay the hell away from the line in the first place. :) \$\endgroup\$ Commented Dec 29, 2017 at 5:10
  • \$\begingroup\$ As far as I know, erect nipples covered by clothing isn't differentiated by sex for rating purposes. But there's almost never any guarantee with the rating review boards: It's very subjective and often depend on the overall context. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Dec 29, 2017 at 5:56

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The age rating system for games and movies is not just a max() function where the highest offending item sets the rating.

Some things will automatically give you an Adult-Only rating and some will automatically go to PG or Teen, but there's a vague point system for intermediate ratings.

These rules changes often and some of the items are somewhat subjective and will be slightly influenced by the reviewer and the target market. Australia, America, Europe, China, Korea, and Japan to name a few regions all have different rating/point systems. It also depends on cultural factors and current political mood.

The answer is there is no answer: For the final items it's often a back-and-forth with the review board (eg: "tone down one of those 3 items") to reach the target age rating.

Poking nipples (regardless gender) are generally around the everyone/teen (age 10-14) rating range due to the surrounding context and overall tone of the game that often goes with it but adding too many other risqué items can raise the rating and even then it varies by cultural region.


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