Sunday, February 10th 2008

UK Censorship Board to Review Game Rating Policy

With violent video games such as Manhunt 2 causing controversy, the British government is reconsidering the exact rating system. At this point, games are given to the British Board of Film Classification, who slaps an appropriate rating on the game. Selling games to children under the rating's age class is grounds for arrest. However, up to 90% of games needing a high-class rating bypass this system by getting their games rated by the much more relaxed PEGI system. And so, the British government decided that it was high time to change things around. No matter how things turn out, the British government wants their citizens to know that this is being done to "protect children from damaging games". They also want you to know that their definition of a damaging game involves "gross violence towards humans or animals, human sexual or excretory activity, or scenes that would show people how to commit a crime".Source: The Inquirer
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7 Comments on UK Censorship Board to Review Game Rating Policy

#1
ktr
My little pony: Island Adventure is gonna get a M rating.
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#2
Conti027
by: ktr
My little pony: Island Adventure is gonna get a M rating.
no!! i love that game :cry:
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#3
Silverel
I heard there's some downloadable skins to that game that would earn an M rating...

:p
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Darknova
by: Silverel
I heard there's some downloadable skins to that game that would earn an M rating...

:p
I hate to say it, but that's the problem. They actually take that into consideration, so if there is a mod out there that will let you see naked people, they will actually try to increase the rating to "protect the children".

What annoys me though, is that they rate something equivalent to say, your AO rating, and the game will never be sold in the UK, even though legally adults can buy it....

I think they're missing the point of an age rating system. I mean Woolworths has started selling porn for fucks sake, why won't they sell an AO rated game?
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#5
tigger
I'm the only one
Wont matter anyway,i've seen a shop refuse to sell a kid an 18 rated game,so he got his mam to buy it for him.The shop was quite happy to sell it to his mam knowing full well it was for the kid.
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Darknova
by: tigger69
Wont matter anyway,i've seen a shop refuse to sell a kid an 18 rated game,so he got his mam to buy it for him.The shop was quite happy to sell it to his mam knowing full well it was for the kid.
That's the parents decision, not the shops, not the media, and certainly NOT the governments.
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techbuzz
by: Darknova
That's the parents decision, not the shops, not the media, and certainly NOT the governments.
+1
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