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ELSPA (the '''Entertainment & Leisure Software Publishers Association''') was founded in 1989 to establish a specific and collective identity for the British computer and video game industry. It was known as The '''European Leisure Software Publishers Association''' until 2002.
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'''ELSPA''' (the '''Entertainment and Leisure Software Publishers Association''') was founded in 1989 to establish a specific and collective identity for the British computer and video game industry. It was known as The '''European Leisure Software Publishers Association''' until 2002.
   
Between 1994 and Spring 2003 ELSPA voluntarily rated computer games released in [[United Kingdom|Britain]] that were exempt from legal classification by the [[BBFC]]. The ratings given were originally 3-10, 11-14, 15-17 and 18+. Red "X"s would highlight which age group a title was not suitable for, while a tick in the categories above that would indicate the suitable ages. The ratings were later simplified to a 3+, 11+, 14+ or 18+ as appropriate. This has now been replaced by a [[Europe]]an ratings system called [[PEGI]].
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Between 1994 and Spring 2003 ELSPA voluntarily rated computer games released in [[United Kingdom|Britain]] that were exempt from legal classification by the [[BBFC]]. The ratings given were originally 3-10, 11-14, 15-17 and 18+. Red "X"s would highlight which age group a title was not suitable for, while a tick in the categories above that would indicate the suitable ages. The ratings were later simplified to a 3+, 11+, 14+ or 18+ as appropriate. This has now been replaced by a [[Europe|European]] ratings system called [[PEGI]].
   
 
ELSPA are responsible for providing sales charts for computer games sold in the [[United Kingdom]], and promoting anti-piracy initiatives.
 
ELSPA are responsible for providing sales charts for computer games sold in the [[United Kingdom]], and promoting anti-piracy initiatives.
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== Grand Theft Auto game ratings ==
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==Grand Theft Auto game ratings==
 
In the UK, all Grand Theft Auto games were subject to classification from the BBFC, and as such, no ELSPA rating was ever given to a GTA game there. In the rest of Europe, the majority of GTA games were rated by countries own ratings boards.
 
In the UK, all Grand Theft Auto games were subject to classification from the BBFC, and as such, no ELSPA rating was ever given to a GTA game there. In the rest of Europe, the majority of GTA games were rated by countries own ratings boards.
   
 
*[[Grand Theft Auto 1]] ([[Game Boy Color]] only) 15+
 
*[[Grand Theft Auto 1]] ([[Game Boy Color]] only) 15+
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*Grand Theft Auto 1 ([[PlayStation]] only) 18+
 
*[[Grand Theft Auto III]] ([[PC]] only) 18+.
 
*[[Grand Theft Auto III]] ([[PC]] only) 18+.
   
All GTA games released after [[Grand Theft Auto: Vice City]] were of course rated by PEGI instead, as by then ELSPA had stopped its rating system.
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All GTA games released after [[Grand Theft Auto: Vice City]] were rated by PEGI, as ELSPA had stopped its rating system.
   
 
==See also==
 
==See also==
 
*[[BBFC]], the [[United Kingdom|British]] media rating system
 
*[[BBFC]], the [[United Kingdom|British]] media rating system
*[[ESRB]], the [[United States]] and [[Canada|Canadian]] computer and video game rating system
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*[[ESRB]], the [[United States|American]] and [[Canada|Canadian]] computer and video game rating system
*[[PEGI]], the [[Europe]]an computer and video game rating system
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*[[PEGI]], the [[Europe|European]] computer and video game rating system
 
*[[USK]], the [[Germany|German]] computer and video game rating system
 
*[[USK]], the [[Germany|German]] computer and video game rating system
*[[OFLC]], the [[Australia]]n media rating system
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*[[OFLC]], the [[Australia|Australian]] media rating system
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*[[OFLC (NZ)]], the [[New Zealand]] media rating system
 
*[[OFLC (NZ)]], the [[New Zealand]] media rating system
*[[CERO]], the [[Japan]]ese computer and video game rating system
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*[[CERO]], the [[Japan|Japanese]] computer and video game rating system
   
 
==External links==
 
==External links==

Latest revision as of 11:57, October 10, 2008

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ELSPA (the Entertainment and Leisure Software Publishers Association) was founded in 1989 to establish a specific and collective identity for the British computer and video game industry. It was known as The European Leisure Software Publishers Association until 2002.

Between 1994 and Spring 2003 ELSPA voluntarily rated computer games released in Britain that were exempt from legal classification by the BBFC. The ratings given were originally 3-10, 11-14, 15-17 and 18+. Red "X"s would highlight which age group a title was not suitable for, while a tick in the categories above that would indicate the suitable ages. The ratings were later simplified to a 3+, 11+, 14+ or 18+ as appropriate. This has now been replaced by a European ratings system called PEGI.

ELSPA are responsible for providing sales charts for computer games sold in the United Kingdom, and promoting anti-piracy initiatives.

Grand Theft Auto game ratingsEdit

In the UK, all Grand Theft Auto games were subject to classification from the BBFC, and as such, no ELSPA rating was ever given to a GTA game there. In the rest of Europe, the majority of GTA games were rated by countries own ratings boards.

All GTA games released after Grand Theft Auto: Vice City were rated by PEGI, as ELSPA had stopped its rating system.

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