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Gordon Brown say UK games industry is “leading the way” in Europe

UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown has said in a podcast that the UK games industry is “leading the way” in Europe.

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  • Gordon Brown confesses he is a gamer

    Cant say we see this every day. UK Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, has confessed that he is, in fact, a gamer. Speaking in an interview with The Mirror newspaper, the PM answered a question on how he’d be spending time with his children playing video games during the summer recess in Parliament with his family. […]

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  • That was the news – Week 13, 2008: Commendable Byron talks common sense, becomes tomorrow's chip paper

    The Byron Report – a study commissioned by the UK Government to investigate games and internet use among the young in the UK – was delivered last week, saying almost exactly what everyone thought it was going to say and showing its author, Doctor Tanya Byron, in a highly professional light. Probably the best thing […]

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  • Byron Report won't stop adults getting the content they want, says author

    Tanya Byron, author of yesterday’s Byron report, has moved to assure gamers that her recommendations – the main one of which was for a legally enforcable system of ratings for games in the UK – won’t stop adults getting at the content they want to consumer. “I’ve worked with a lot of gamers throughout the […]

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  • Byron's awareness campaign cost could be foisted onto games industry

    Oh dear. This isn’t going to go down too well. According to this, the cost of making parents more aware about videogaming – as recommended in this morning’s Byron Report – could well be paid for by the games industry itself. “I have talked to industry about how they can enable public information campaigns to […]

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  • BBFC warns off PEGI choice after Byron Report release

    David Cooke, director of the BBFC, has said he believes the British body is a better fit for rating games in the wake of this morning’s Byron Report as it has the power to ban products. “We co-operate closely with the Pan European Games Information Systems (PEGI) and will continue to do so,” he said […]

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  • Platform holders refuse to comment on Byron Report

    Both Nintendo and SCEE have told videogaming247 that they will be making no comment on today’s Byron Report. “There’s no comment and no one will be offering comment – it’s an industry issue and therefore we are referring everyone to ELSPA,” said a Nintendo UK spokesperson. “I’m afraid we will not be making any comment […]

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  • Byron Report - more pre-release detail

    Loads of stuff here, in far more detail than the BBC report. This is the same article we quoted earlier. The report will recommend: New codes of practice to regulate social networking sites, such as Bebo and Facebook, including clear standards on privacy and harmful content; A gold standard for the use of console games, […]

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  • Generational gap biggest ratings problem, says Byron

    According to this, Tanya Byron is pinning the biggest issues in games ratings on lack of understanding between generations. “The key finding is that we have this huge digital generational divide at the moment where children are enjoying benefits and opportunities both online and in videogames but parents are really genuinely confused in terms of […]

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  • Byron Report published

    Well, sort of. The BBC’s got it, clearly. We’re just waiting for the final draft, but you can see everything that’s about to be announced here. Included is: The creation of a website for parents where they can find our more information about online safety. A comprehensive public information and awareness campaign on child internet […]

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  • Byron Report to talk "pin codes and locks" for console games

    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 […]

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  • Byron report will recommend film-style ratings, cigarette-like warnings and minimum 12 age for UK

    Two reports are claiming that the Byron Report will today recommend a film-style ratings system with recognisable symbols for the UK, as well as lowering the statutory requirement for game ratings to 12. According to the newly relaunched GamesIndustry.biz, ex-TV presenter Tanya Byron will also recommend that the British games industry should also make sustained […]

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  • Byron Report to be published on March 27

    Says so here. Tanya Byron’s report was commissioned by UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown to look into violence and rating issues. The paper is thought to recommend that all games in the UK should be rated by a dedicated board, possibly the BBFC. The Department of Culture, Media and Sport confirmed the date this morning.

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  • BBFC: "We don’t know what Dr Byron is going to recommend"

    The BBFC has admitted is doesn’t know what Tanya Byron’s going to recommend in her report to the government about UK games regulation next month, but has said that it’s prepared to take on the job of classifying all games for Britain is necessary. “We don’t know what Dr Byron is going to recommend, but […]

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  • That was the news – Week 6, 2008: Are Brown and Byron really charting a collision course with the UK games industry?

    One story emerged last week that is to dominate the British games industry for months, and possibly years, to come. Tanya Byron, ex-TV psychologist and compiler of a report commissioned by Prime Minister Gordon Brown to look into the affects of videogames on the young and make recommendations as to future regulation, is to deliver […]

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  • Prime Minister beaten by child at Wii Sports

    UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown can’t beat his own son at tennis on Wii Sports. We knew you were rubbish, Gordon, but seriously. “Mr Brown also revealed he has been struggling to play tennis on his four-year-old son John’s Wii video game console, said this. “He said: ‘It didn’t leave me out of puff but […]

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  • Fears emerge that Brown may use Byron to "crackdown" on games

    Citing a “Whitehall leak”, a Scotland on Sunday report has suggested that PM Gordon Brown is readying to use the Byron report – a commissioned paper into videogames in the UK in general – to tighten up regulations in gaming and “crackdown” on violence in games. BBFC ratings for all games are expected to be […]

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