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Dual games ratings system in UK to be abolished by July

Thursday, 10th May 2012 18:33 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

The UK’s Department of Culture Media and Sport wants to end the dual ratings system currently in place by making PEGI the sole ratings body for video games.

According to a proposal put forth by the UK government, dual ratings systems will be squashed, with the British Board of Film Classification no longer providing rating to games carrying a 15 or 18 certificate.

The government is also pushing legislation which would make it illegal for retailers to sell a 12+ rated game to children under the designated age. Should a retailer not adhere to the law, it could face fines in upwards of £5,000 along with jail time.

“The new system will benefit both parents and industry by creating a stronger, simpler age-rating system,” said creative industries minister Ed Vaizey. “It will give parents greater confidence that their children can only get suitable games while we are creating a simpler system for industry having their games age rated.”

A single rating system has been on the docket since 2009, and while the process has been extremely slow, the switch is slated to be put into place in July.

Thanks, The Guardian.

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4 Comments

  1. drewbles82

    Like that will make any difference, kids still get their parents to buy the games.

    Tesco last year midnight release of MW3, on a school night, had more kids with their parents in the queue than any other.

    And my guess is they were even allowed to stay up and have a quick go before going bed.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. Ali Hayas

    Most of the violent games in the industry are actually made of silly violence. I have been playing MK ever since I was 4. I allow my young brothers/cousins to play it. They laugh at every fatality.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. Lacobus

    Good news. As long as the classification system is opaque, and retailers not liable, games are easy targets. Once these things are in place as they should be anyway, games can no longer (in theory) be blamed for all of society’s ills.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. Patashnik

    For all the legislation, shifting responsibility and discussion – ultimately, it’s the parents who hold all the power here – and absolutely nothing can be done about that.

    While I applaud stricter controls – especially from the retail side – if the parents see no point, no harm (or even no need) to exert any real control over the games their kids consume, it’s ultimately futile.

    The majority of parents see games as toys – and that’s the problem. I know many parents who won’t allow their children to watch a BBFC 15 film, but seemingly have no problem letting their kids play a PEGI 16+ rated game.

    #4 3 years ago

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