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Windows Store accepting PEGI 18 games today

Thursday, 13th December 2012 07:15 GMT By Naren Hooson

After announcing initially that the Microsoft Windows Store would not be accepting games with mature content, it has today announced it will begin accepting PEGI 18 rated games.

Polygon reports, saying that Windows Store guidelines in October stated that games and apps with a rating over PEGI 16 wouldn’t meet certification requirements for the store, and therefor excluding them from being released on the Windows market place.

In Europe this meant that games such as Mass Effect 3, Dishonored, Deus Ex and The Walking Dead would not be made available on the store. Guidelines were changed later that month to accept “mature” content for the Windows 8 Marketplace. Today is the first day PEGI 18 games can be submitted to the store.

The Witcher 2 and Grand Theft Auto 4 have been announced by Microsoft as coming to the platform soon.

In a blog post, the director of program management for the Windows Store, Ted Dworkin said. “In welcoming PEGI 18 games into the Store, we again reinforce two principles — flexibility and confidence —fundamental to the Windows Store. We recognize that people have come to expect and appreciate rich gaming experiences on Windows and this includes games rated PEGI 18. We also want to ensure that every customer using the Store can browser and acquire apps with confidence.”

This follows the announcement in October that the restrictions would be relaxed.

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8 Comments

  1. G1GAHURTZ

    The Windows store is totally rubbish.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Dragon246

    @1
    What is so bad about it? Haven’t tried it yet myself.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. DrDamn

    Wonder if you will be able to buy them only between the hours of 11pm and 3am …

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Ireland Michael

    @2 It’s almost completely impenetrable as far as finding anything goes.

    The Metro Apps are pretty solid in themselves, but its not much use if you can’t find anything.

    @3 Hahahaha. Ouch. Low blow.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. G1GAHURTZ

    Yeah. There isn’t even a search option of any kind.

    Even the ordered lists are of almost no use whatsoever. There’s no sort by ‘most popular’ or ‘best selling’ option, so there isn’t really a quick way to find out what users like. You have to rely on what MS puts in front of you.

    It’s glitchy, and constantly restarts itself back to the main menu. A main menu, which is unnecessarily long. Every time you buy something, you get booted out of which ever category you were in, and sent back to the beginning of the main menu again. So if you want to get two social networking apps, for example, the amount of unnecessary steps just to get back to the category after you bought the first one is ridiculous.

    Put it this way, if the App Store is an 8/10 for usability, this is a 2/10.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Ireland Michael

    @5 Not entirely true on the search. It uses contextual search (one of my favourite features of Windows 8 ) just like other Metro Apps – you start typing and it will search for you.

    But it’s a nightmare to actually find anything through the menu themselves, just because of how limited in scope they are. The aren’t enough categories, there are no sub-categories whatsoever, and there’s no clear view of where to find anything. It’s a bit of a Frankenstein monster of design.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. G1GAHURTZ

    Ok, yes. I found the search option. Thanks.

    That helps.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. DuckOfDestiny

    @2 The prices for a start. I only had a quick look, however I saw crap that you could get on your Iphone/Ipod for 99p selling at £3-4.

    #8 2 years ago

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