PEGI: “Parents should take responsibility” – Livingstone

Monday, 30th July 2012 12:30 GMT By Dave Cook

PEGI becomes UK law today, making it illegal for retailers to sell mature age-rated games to children below 12. Eidos life president Ian Livingstone has stressed that it is the parents responsibility to make the law stick. Full quotes after the break.

In an interview with Sky News, Livingstone discussed the impact PEGI will have on the UK games industry, stressing that the regulations had been, “Driven by the games industry,” and made clear that PEGI, “Hasn’t been forced upon them.”

Livingstone also calls on parents to remain vigilant when buying games for their children, “You should take responsibility as a parent, and as a guardian.”

“These are simply a guideline,” Livingstone continued, “as most of the content you see today is also online”, underlining the need for parents to carefully monitor what their children see.

What do you make of PEGI becoming law? Let us know below.



  1. GrimRita

    +1 Livingstone!

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Dave Cook

    Damn right!

    #2 2 years ago
  3. bitsnark

    The man speaks the truth.

    All proper like.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Da Man

    Well done actually.

    Might have less twisted people on the internet now. You can’t explain why playing Postal while wasted isn’t the same as reading Poe to some. There’s no Math behind that.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Demigod

    About time, a pity parents wont listen and blame the industry for their own neglect. Don t understand the content of games? don’t understand the ratings? rubbish its just an excuse.

    Games have made it far to easy for parents to ignore their kids to let them play so they can have time themselves. Fair enough if its age appropriate but games for years have had age ratings and consoles have had parental controls. if my Sixty year old mother knows what an 18 sticker on a game means a twenty or thirty year old parent has no excuse.

    Parents and the media are far to quick to blame the industry for their failings. IF they actually care about their children they would be interested in what they are doing and playing. Saying “we dont understand” and giving in when your child says “but everyone else plays it” is just avoiding a decision and passing responsibility to others.
    If you want your child to play 18+ games make the decision your self, look up the content watch it played yourself and decide. It would give the child confidence that you as a parent are taking an interest in their past time and care enough to make sure its appropriate.
    Excuses of not understanding and giving in to demands for a game as a pacifier is just neglect and parents should be ashamed for doing so.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. DSB

    How does that law make anyone take responsibility for anything?

    I think the psychologist makes a far more intelligent point. The problem isn’t games, the problem isn’t retailers, it’s parents. And like the anchor points out, this law is going to do aboslutely nothing about that.

    Unless you handle these things with your kids, then they will indeed be wide open to a bad experience with media, because a kids mind can go to some very extreme places, unless they have someone to lead them and talk to them.

    This just allows the industry to look good in the eyes of the “family” crowd, while not really doing anything about the problem, which is that some kids could be playing games that they aren’t ready for, without their parents realizing that they should be helping them to understand them.

    The industry isn’t going to be helpful with that, laws won’t be helpful with that. It’s on the individual parent.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Patrick Garratt

    “How does that law make anyone take responsibility for anything?”

    Because it punishes people that break it. I agree it’s not a complete solution, but at least it is a step in the right direction. You’re absolutely right that it’s down to parents to monitor the media their children consume – no one else can – but at least now kids can’t just go into a shop and buy whatever they like. That has to be a good thing, in my eyes.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. absolutezero

    I always found it a little odd that there is never ever a punishment on the other side of the coin. Looking at it from the food retail point of view its always the store that gets punished. The responsibility is placed entirely onto them. Nothing is thought of an under-age kid trying to buy a pack of smokes but if you were the person that sold them then you might be going to jail.

    Yeah, thanks kid. You little shit.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. stretch215

    Could a kid really walk into a store and buy any game over there? Shit, I even get carded for games here (u.s.) and I’m 6’7″ with a full beard. :D

    #9 2 years ago
  10. DSB

    @7 I could agree with that if the punishment fit the crime.

    5000 pounds is a lot of money for anyone running a business, especially the brick and mortar these days. It could mean that the proprietor won’t be able to take out a paycheck. Is that really where we want to go during a recession?

    Why not just force offending stores to carry a sign making it obvious what they did? Would you really want your customers to know that you sell violent videogames to unaccompanied kids under 13?

    That would be a punishment fitting the crime. These kids aren’t going to be seriously harmed by buying those games, so it makes no sense to punish a store worse than you would a violent offender or crack dealer.

    Which is to say nothing for how digital distribution services would know whether they’re actually selling to kids or not?

    It seems like the kind of rash, bungled up laws that get written when a politician gets too eager to make a statement.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. drewbles82

    This will not change a thing. Parents will always buy stuff for their kids no matter the age. I grew up with my parents getting me videos of Batman 15 rating, Robocop 18 etc when i was 12.
    When I go to buy the latest COD game at Tesco at a midnight release on a school night, there are more teenagers/kids with parents than anyone else there. Hmmmm and they will be letting them play as soon as they get home. I’m 30 and cant see this doing anything.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. Eregol

    I once got asked for ID buying a magazine with a demo disk that had ’15′ on it. I was 18 at the time.
    I also got asked for ID on my 21st birthday for wanting a ‘Beer and burger’ at a Wetherspoons pub but with Coke instead of beer…….
    ID for not wanting alcohol? Awesome.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. Gheritt White

    Just watched that video – truly stellar form on both Byron and Livingstone’s part. Makes you proud to be a British gamer, really. Hopefully Vaz will pipe down for a bit now.

    #13 2 years ago

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