Posts Tagged ‘age ratings’

Age Old Question: Pegi Ratings Are Now UK Law

By Adam Smith on July 30th, 2012.

When the first Brits crawled out of the primordial soup that is Blackpool’s unpleasant beachfront, one oozing cataract of a creature looked at his fellows and gurgled, “It’d probably be sensible to have one legally enforceable age rating system for games.” It’s not clear whether any of the pioneering pustule’s amorphous companions even disagreed but the fact remains that it wasn’t until the dwindling days of July 2012 that the plan came to fruition. As of today, ratings using the Pegi system are legally enforceable and the BBFC certification for games has been dropped. The diagrams indicating areas of concern will stay, which is good, because they warn about things like drugs, sex and spiders.

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Should Gaming Age Ratings Be Enforced?

By John Walker on March 9th, 2009.

They should have mental age ratings too.

The New Zealand government’s Chief Censor, Bill Hastings, has suggested that parents who buy games for under-age children should be prosecuted. Describing the policy as “shock value”, he told New Zealand’s The Dominion Post (reported by Stuff.co.nz), “It would send out a message that the enforcement agency means business.”

Any time government officials start trying to get involved in videogaming matters, the response is quick and angry. “Get off our lawn!” cry out the gaming community, afraid of the vote winning moves in response to rumours and ignorance. But here’s a thought. Maybe Hastings is right.

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