Entertainment Software Rating Association

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The Entertainment Software Rating Association (ESRA or اسرا), not to be confused with the United States' Entertainment Software Rating Board, is a government-run video game content rating system in Iran. The system has two separate but complementary elements—rating games and indicating content. According to the ESRA's website, "computer game rating organization in Iran is based on the culture, conditions and the special values of this country. Socialism and sectarianism are two important principles in the determination of such criteria. This serious matter has been done by ESRA by using the related theories, scientific notions and the intelligence of experts and masters. The sociologists, psychologists and religious groups presented their views on the society of Iran. Their resultant of their ideas were gathered and determined as the principles to the groups and age groups in this organization. Paying attention to the different social and cognitive capabilities of age groups, the rate of learning and the effectiveness of the environment can have different and unique models. Regarding to these matters, rating games are done based on strong language, discrimination, fear, violence, bet and gambling, sexuality, drugs, use of alcohol and violating the values existed in the games."

The system uses six indicators to determine age from +3 to +25. Additionally, games may be noted if their content has been edited to suit an Iranian audience or if they have been prohibited. As the standards for rating, editing and prohibition are not public, ratings and prohibitions may seem strange to Western observers.

Rating Description
Esra 3.svg +3: Games suitable for ages 3 and up. Example titles include FIFA Soccer 06, Lassie, Croc 2 and Need For Speed Porsche Unleashed.
Esra 7.svg +7: Games suitable for ages 7 and up. Example titles include Civilization IV, Virtua Tennis, Nicktoons: Attack of the Toybots and NBA 09 The Inside.
Esra 12.svg +12: Games suitable for ages 12 and up. Example titles include Crash Tag Team Racing, Rome: Total War, Hunting Unlimited 2008 and Final Fantasy II.
Esra 15.svg +15: Games suitable for ages 15 and up. Example titles include Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne, Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon 2, Midnight Club 3: DUB Edition Remix and Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa.
Esra 18.svg +18: Games suitable for ages 18 and up. Example titles include Need for Speed: Shift, Myth III: The Wolf Age, Tomb Raider: Underworld and Bionic Commando Rearmed.
Esra 25.svg +25: Games suitable for ages 18 and up. Example titles include Saw and Midnight Club: Los Angeles.
Esra prohibited.png Prohibited: Games which are banned for having offensive content. This seems to cover a variety of games, such as Top Spin 2, True Crime: New York City, NBA 2K10 and Dynasty Warriors 2.

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