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Number of computer games and video games classified, by classification category, 1993/94–2008/09

The proportion of G titles has increased significantly over the last five years as a result of the removal of the G8+ classification. In 2008/09, 59 per cent of all games were classified as G.

In terms of numbers of titles classified, the only category that didn't rise was M15+; instead, it fell for the second consecutive year to 113 from a high of 158 titles in 2006/07. The proportion of M15+ sales in 2008/09 was 11 per cent, five percentage points below the 16-year average of 16 per cent.

Graph: Proportion of computer and video games classified by classification. The following table provides the data.
  G G8+ PG M15+ MA15+ RC Total
Proportions
16-yr average 48% n.a. 35% 16% 8% <1% 100%
2008/09 59% n.a. 24% 11% 6% <1% 100%
1993/94 21 12 n.a. 4 5 0 42
1994/95 204 98 n.a. 52 8 3 365
1995/96 195 108 n.a. 58 27 1 389
1996/97 273 157 n.a. 99 72 3 604
1997/98 282 160 n.a. 84 64 1 591
1998/99 207 158 n.a. 79 41 2 487
1999/00 297 157 n.a. 79 45 0 578
2000/01 275 168 n.a. 96 44 0 583
2001/02 359 199 n.a. 140 48 1 747
2002/03 262 194 n.a. 125 78 2 661
2003/04 275 181 n.a. 136 59 3 654
2004/05 332 n.a. 197 143 74 4 750
2005/06 342 n.a. 180 123 105 3 753
2006/07 432 n.a. 241 158 56 2 889
2007/08 526 n.a. 247 130 55 3 961
2008/09 625 n.a 256 113 69 5 1,068

Source: Classification Board and Classification Review Board (formerly the Office of Film and Literature Classification) annual reports.

Classification categories:
G and M15+ are advisory categories; MA15+ is legally restricted.
G General (suitable for all ages)
G8+ General (suitable for children 8 years and over)
PG Parental Guidance Recommended
M15+ Mature (suitable for persons 15 years and over)
MA15+ Restricted to persons 15 years and over
RC Refused classification

 

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