BuPP - Federal Office for the positive assessment of digital games
The Federal office for the positive assessment of digital games is a service provided by the Austrian Federal Chancellery. Its primary aim is to help parents and other people who buy computer games for children and young people to decide. Good computer games receive an award. According to the BuPP, “good computer games” are those
- are fun,
- are up-to-date with regards to design and technological features,
- are not objectionable from an educational point of view,
- and offer potential for fostering skills of the player that are relevant also out of the game.
The decision is based
- on clearly defined criteria and
- the knowledge and practical experience of the expert evaluators.
The Austrian Federal Chancellery thus follows the principle of “recommending the good rather than prohibiting the bad”. The public can trust these recommendations because they are based on firm specialist and structural foundations. Transparent and comprehensible criteria of recommendation also provide motivation to engage in the educational task of confronting the media and media consumption.
The BuPP website lists the award winning games with relevant background information.