VSC: “PEGI is stricter than the BBFC”

Tuesday, 26th June 2012 09:28 GMT By Patrick Garratt

With PEGI about to take over full-time compulsory game ratings in the UK, Video Standards Council boss Laurie Hall, the man in charge of implementing PEGI in Britain, has said its system will be stricter that the BBFC ratings currently in place.

“PEGI is stricter than the BBFC,” Hall told GamesIndustry. “We’re not ashamed of that at all, because the methodology of rating films is not appropriate for rating games. Games and films are totally different.

“The new law doesn’t fundamentally change our processes,” he added. “It formalises what we’ve been doing since 2003. What’s changed is the PEGI ratings themselves now have the full force of the law at ’12′, ’16′ and ’18′.”

Few games are banned in the UK under BBFC guidelines, with notable exceptions being Manhunt 2 in 2007 and the original Carmageddon.

It was decided after 2008′s Byron review that UK game ratings would be moved from the BBFC to PEGI. The change will take place next month.



  1. Lord Gremlin

    Erm, no, games and movies are not totally different.
    And he should be ashamed.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. Gheritt White


    #2 3 years ago
  3. Hirmetrium

    This is still the most stupid move the government has made in a while.

    The BBFC was fully understood by the previous generation of adults. Why are we replacing it with an entirely new system to confuse the issue is still beyond me.

    The problem is, and always has been, that adults do not take a keen interest in what their kids do. Also, it should of always been enforcable by law in Gamestation/GAME/etc. whom should take a morale stand to explain to parents everything about these games.

    It takes all of five seconds to say “this game has guns and prostitutes, and is rated for 18 and up like a movie”.

    I’m just sad because the BBFC is an awesome group, and they haven’t banned much of anything and normally have very good reasons to do so. They always rated games fairly and impartially (as they had a wealth of experience from films). I think its a social problem rather than a… state? (wrong word probably) problem.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. Noodlemanny

    Pretty much all games use this rating now anyway, this move just makes it official. I really can’t think of a game I’ve bought recently that hasn’t been PEGI.
    @1 Games and movies are totally different, what are you on about? Or are you just trolling?

    #4 3 years ago
  5. manamana

    Manhunt 3 on the WiiU would be core. Just sayin’ …

    #5 3 years ago

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