Byron Report to talk “pin codes and locks” for console games

Thursday, 27th March 2008 07:44 GMT By Patrick Garratt

British newspaper the Guardian is reporting that Tanya Byron’s report into games regulation in the UK this morning contains mention of lock-out codes for console games.

The report, to be delivered at 9am this morning, is to recommend, “A gold standard for the use of console games, including clear set-up guidance for parents on issues such as pin codes and locks,” said the paper.

The report doesn’t clarify whether or not this means such devices are to be including in games by law.

Byron is to recommend that “a national council to implement her strategy” will be set up, the paper says, “with a fixed timetable for industry experts.”



  1. morriss

    The internet will win that war, I’m afraid.

    #1 7 years ago
  2. Tonka

    Correct me if I’m wrong but isn’t this just the Parental Guide system that both MS and Nintendo already have in place? Or is it just some manual they are talking about?

    #2 7 years ago
  3. patlike

    It doesn’t say. I’m hoping it’ll be clarified when they publish the report.

    #3 7 years ago
  4. Blerk

    I thought all the new machines had some kind of age-lock on them now, with pins and stuff? Regardless, it’s fairly pointless – most non-gaming adults wouldn’t bother to set them up anyway.

    #4 7 years ago
  5. Tonka

    That’s why I’m thinking the “A gold standard for the use of console games, including clear set-up guidance for parents on issues such as pin codes and locks” might refer to some manual included in every game

    #5 7 years ago
  6. Blerk

    Pft. Gamers don’t read the manuals, never mind their parents. :-D

    #6 7 years ago
  7. Tonka

    (Is there a way to turn off the smilies?)

    #7 7 years ago
  8. Blerk

    I could stop using them?

    #8 7 years ago
  9. Tonka

    I wouldn’t ask that of you. I know how much you like them.

    #9 7 years ago
  10. Hero of Canton

    Fucking hell, they’ve just summarised it on Sky News, and claimed the report says ‘videogames can cause harm and affect the belief system of children’. Now, based on everything Byron’s said so far, I’d say they’ve deliberately twisted something there.

    #10 7 years ago
  11. Blerk

    They ‘affect the belief system of children’? What?

    #11 7 years ago
  12. Hero of Canton

    It may just have been ‘beliefs’, thinking about it – not that that makes much difference. But the gist of it was ‘videogames do harm and influence young minds’. Then they showed a clip of Byron talking about how parents are protective of their kids when outside the front door, so they should be when they’re inside too. Which is hardly the same thing.

    #12 7 years ago
  13. Tonka

    I would ike to see a report on the effects of human interaction compared to videogames. It’s the contact with humans or lack thereof that shapes us.

    This is just fucked up

    #13 7 years ago

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