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 Post subject: PG-13, and What it all Means
Unread postPosted: Thu Aug 18, 2011 1:18 am 
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It should be noted that the server is listed as a PG-13 type rating. Not everyone understands this ratings system, which is primarily used for movies. It is especially used for movies and television. It has come up in the past, as to what exactly that means. To pull quotes that were from another thread (and moved here):

breteas wrote:
This question is of more personal note: Could you clarify on the forums what PG-13 means? I'm Dutch and honestly have -no- idea.

WeWhoEat wrote:
*G - General Audiences - All ages admitted. There is no content that would be objectionable to most parents. These films may contain beyond polite language but no swearing. As with violence it must be mild, if any, without any blood or gore. Nudity must be natural and non-sexual. This is one of only two ratings dating back to 1968 that still exists today. Examples includes Rio, Horton Hears a Who!, Winnie the Pooh and most of Pixar Studios' movies, including the Toy Story trilogy, Cars, Ratatouille and WALL-E.

* PG - Parental Guidance Suggested - Some material may not be suitable for children under 10. These films may contain milder swear words, brief smoking, crude/suggestive humor, natural non-sexual nudity, short and infrequent horror moments and/or mild violence. Usually no drug use is acceptable in this category. Topless men may be present but topless woman are not usually acceptable unless in an educational or scientific context. A few racial insults may also be heard. Before the creation of PG-13, many "PG" films (e.g. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and Gremlins) included explict violence. Content such as this helped lead to the creation of the "PG-13" rating. Examples includes Who Framed Roger Rabbit, The Powerpuff Girls Movie, and The Incredibles.

* PG-13 - Parents Strongly Cautioned - Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. These films may contain sex references, up to four uses of explicit language, drug innuendo, strong crude/suggestive humor, mature/political themes, moderately long horror moments and/or moderate action violence. There are usually no restrictions on non-sexual nudity. However, bloodshed is rarely present. This is the minimum rating at which drug content is present; with the exception of Austin Powers and Click. Marijuana smoking is the only illegal drug use that can be depicted in a PG-13 film, with the exception of Forrest Gump, in which a brief scene depicts an actress snorting cocaine. While PG-13 films usually have more profanity than PG films, this is not necessarily the case. A film that is given a PG-13 rating due to profane language and/or racial insults is given this rating because it contains more of these elements than a PG rating would permit, or the film contains uses of stronger profanities than a PG would permit. A film rated PG-13 for "intense violence" is given this rating if blood is present in a violent way. The films Gremlins and Indiana Jones: Temple of Doom are well known as the movies that PG-13 was created for. In recent years, this rating has been used for the majority of American films released. Some films that have received a PG-13 rating have a director's cut with an R rating. Daredevil is just an example of this practice.[14] Examples include The Simpsons Movie, Eat Pray Love and Casino Royale.

* R - Restricted - Under 17 requires accompanying adult over the age of 18. The person is required to stay with the child under 17 through the entire movie, even if the parent gives the child/teenager permission to see the film alone. These films may contain mild or implied sex scenes, prolonged nudity, strong violence often with blood and gore, strong horror scenes and explicit/illegal/prolonged drug use. A movie rated R for profanity often has more severe or frequent swearing than the PG-13 rating would permit. An R-rated movie may have more blood, gore, drug use, nudity, or graphic sexuality than a PG-13 movie would permit. Some R-rated films have an "unrated" DVD release with scenes of violence, sexual material, or profanity that have been edited from the original cut. At its inception, the R certificate permitted patrons aged 16 and older to attend unaccompanied, but this was raised to 17 in the 1970s. Examples include Scarface, Scream, and The Godfather.

* NC-17 - No one 17 or Under Admitted - These films contain strong graphic violence with loads of blood and gore, sex scenes, depraved, abhorrent behavior, sexual nudity, or any other elements which, at present, most parents would consider too strong and therefore off-limits for viewing by their children and teenagers. It is rare for a movie to get rated NC-17 due to swearing or drug use. NC-17 does not necessarily mean obscene or pornographic in the oft-accepted or legal meaning of those words. For example, the movie Robocop had to delete a few exceptionally violent scenes to avoid receiving a then-X rating. The Board does not and cannot mark films with those words. These terms are legally ambiguous, and their interpretation varies from case to case. The NC-17 designation implies that the Ratings Board has determined that due to the content of the film, it should be intended for adults only. NC-17 replaced the X rating in 1990. Many films which received X-ratings prior to the 1990 change received a re-rating of NC-17. Many theater companies and local operators will not play NC-17 titles and some newspapers and magazines will not run ads for these films. Most NC-17 titles have limited theatrical release, usually in smaller theaters, or are released directly to video or DVD. Most NC-17 titles also have an edited versions released on video and/or DVD that are either unrated or R-rated. Examples include Showgirls and The Evil Dead.


Bloodshed is not extensively portrayed. It is there, but not graphically shown or emoted. As in the "man is dead and the killer stood over him triumphantly"... not the "man lays lifeless, hacked into small pieces (ect) as the killer stood over the body lapping at the blood (ECT). An environment rated PG-13 for "intense violence" is given this rating if blood is present in a violent way. Such as mass murders, decapitation, and the like.

Drug use can be hinted at, emoted, and discussed. In other words trade and use can be discussed, buying and selling can occur, effects of use can be emoted or portrayed. It should be kept as lore consistent as possible. The creation, mixing ect of Real Life Illegal substances is to be avoided.

A PG-13 rating due to profane language and/or racial insults is given this rating because it contains more of these elements than a PG rating would permit, or the environment contains uses of stronger profanities than a PG would permit. Swearing is still not every other word heard. Words such as F--- and its variants are not overly used. Racial prejudice does exist, again it should be kept lore consistent. Modern slang is highly frowned upon.

PG-13 ratings of environments due to sexual content are limited to -brief- nudity. For example changing clothes. In such things it is implied that the one changing was briefly naked, but the nakedness isn't described, emoted ect. Kissing (even passionately) is permissible. Romantic role play where clothes remain in tact is permissible. "Fade to Black" scenes where it is assumed it happened, but not discussed or explained is also permissible. Sexual encounters, graphic or extended nudity, ERP (Erotic Role Play) And especially Rape are strictly prohibited.

Mind you this is mostly generalizing. In fact, much of the content (with the exception of the nudity stated in Rule 17) is subject to interpretation (of staff and players). While there is no way to shelter everyone from everything reasonable, Mum would like to remind everyone that even children as young as 10 years play here.

The point of Rule 17 (which is what started this discussion earlier) is to protect the playerbase, and the server as much as possible. I do not mean it is there to 'carebear' them... but is in fact there because this is not listed as an 'Adult or 18+' server. If rule 17 isn't followed, and content kept reasonable, we could be lacking a server. This is due to the way that laws regarding the internet and children are written in America. As a general rule of thumb, and within the bounds of common sense, if you don't want your grandmother or your 7 yr old kid to see it... you probably shouldn't do it. If you lack a grandmother or seven year old kid with such scruples, you can borrow mine. (that is meant to be mostly humorous).

If you question whether your role play is within the bounds of this guideline, then you probably should either tone it down, wait on it, ask a DM, and/or any combination of the three. Even evil RP and the ‘less than pleasant’ aspects of the game, such as death and battle, can be done in a tasteful manner.

If you, as a player find something objectionable, you have options. You can bring it to the attention of those you are RPing with (politely and in a civil manner, as always), You may remove yourself from the role play, or you may ask (again politely and in a civil manner) a DM to intervene. As always, if you feel rules are being violated, take screenshots and PM the staff… once again, Politely and Civilly.

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