Gift guides are the best, aren’t they? Why spend precious time picking out a thoughtful gift for your loved ones when others can do it for you? Gifting a game is always a good idea and since 2019 has been another stellar year for video games, the only sound present advice we have is to use PEGI.
The Pan European Game Information is a universal way to rate games in Europe. Games get an age rating as well as one or more content descriptions such as violence, sex, bad language, and most recently in-game purchases. The two labels should always be read together. For instance: violence in a PEGI 7 rated is a lot less realistic than violence in a game that’s rated PEGI 16.
For people unfamiliar with games, it’s a great guide to navigate an ever-growing maze of game releases. For your shopping convenience, PEGI has launched a new app so you can easily check ratings of potential Christmas gifts on the go. The app also has links to parental control settings for various consoles and is integrated with speelhetslim.be (link in Dutch), the industry backed information site promoting responsable gaming.
If you didn’t know about this already, the site uses data provided by PEGI to craft informative game guides on recent games such as Borderlands 3 (link in Dutch), or The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening (link in Dutch). Apart from that they also publish interesting editorials (links in Dutch) with helpful tips and advice every month.
They have also struck a partnership with game retailer Game Mania which resulted in the Game Mania Academy, a useful platform for parents to find everything they need to know about video games and more.
By the way, if you’re still looking for a cool game to play together during the holidays, I have it on pretty good authority speelhetslim will run an article on that pretty soon. Stay tuned to their socials to keep in the loop and good luck on scoring that perfect Christmas gift.