Review 'to change games ratings'

The video game ratings system should be revamped to make it easier for parents and children to understand, a UK government-backed review has said.

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shadowghost7525668d ago

This is absolute rubbish, the age ratings are clear enough and are shown clearly on the front of all games (15, 16+, 18 e.t.c) if some parent is so short sighted that they fail to notice these ratings and actually look at the back of the game box to try and have a vague idea of what the game is about.

The only reason that the game ratings may be changed is due to the impending release of Grand Theft Auto IV which all-ways receives complaints from parents about the games content, but the parents bought the game for the children. I mean look at the title does that not spell something out to them? Some people are so idiotic it is unbelievable.

Now i am not condoning the sale of 18+ games to minors but when people buy them they should bother to read the packaging it is that simple.

The only people that will suffer is us and the industry from slurs by the media and possibly price increases.

The parents are at fault here, it is simple enough to read it.

The review was conducted by a psycologist who knows all brains are different so her findings are void because if one person is affected one way, everybody else will be affected differently.

"The review was carried out by psychologist Dr Tanya Byron, who has recommended a new rating for games aimed at children aged 12 plus."

Way to confuse parents even more, i thought the aim was to make it as clear as possible. The BBC are just trying to damage the games industry in any way possible. The BBFC (British Board Of Film Classification) are failing if they are trying to give a clear message to parents.

Games cost a fortune in the UK anyway. (I bought my PS3 on release day after many delays for £500 with an extra controller and 2 games al well as break down insurance for it but i tradeded in my PS2 and a stack of games to get it at that price) That £500 is around $1000 when converted to US dollars and games cost $100 (£50 each). It is a joke!

Commando475668d ago

No they are not, its apparently the damn politicians and media who are, honestly its right there on the cover you retards.

What more do you need? A tattoo on your ass saying the rating for the game?

shadowghost7525668d ago

i agree the politicions in the UK do not know what they are talking about when it comes to games they like to be potrayed in the media as making a difference.

When they are not

Commando475668d ago

They asked a TV personality to do the report...thats like asking Super Nanny to lead the legislation for more time outs in kindergartens.

Plus another thing to consider is that this is a government report, i would rather have had an independent study that one that is fully supported by that crock review board known as the BBFC.

riksweeney5668d ago

This is what will happen on April 29th:

Kid will walk up to the counter with a copy of GTA IV and a wad of cash. The guy behind the counter will say

"Sorry, I can't sell that to you, you're too young"

The kid will then turn around a yell


Mother will come over and buy the game for the kid.


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Unity Announces Revised Pricing Policy Following Massive Backlash From Developers

Today Unity revealed a rather radical change to the new pricing policy announced a while ago, following the massive backlash from many of its developers and the wider gaming industry.

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Vengeance113810d ago

Too little, too late, you're dead. Trust is gone and not coming back.

MWH10d ago

It's ugly, but I think they deserve a second chance only because they, at least, admitted they took a wrong turn, and they want to straighten things up. unlike for example, Nvidia.

Remember, competition is good for the consumers. we don't want them to go out of business, but to do things fairly.

bunt-custardly10d ago (Edited 10d ago )

It's only a matter of time until something else disagreeable becomes policy. The stage has been set. Stone has been cast. Can't rewind time like you can in their game engine.

savedsynner10d ago

Not sure why the downvotes...probably people who have 0 dev experience(or socialists lol). Competition is essentially for quality products.

KwietStorm_BLM10d ago

Get out of here being logical and level headed on the internet. You can only spread hatred and be obstinate with zero exceptions. Obviously nobody being overly dramatic and critical has ever made a mistake. Otherwise they wouldn't be so quick to place permanent judgement on anyone....

mike32UK9d ago

Absolutely not, they've been proven to be chancers. The only reason they are doing a 180 is because they know the alternative is to keep getting shit for being greedy ultimately leading to their failure as a company

anast9d ago

Corporations need to be treated harshly if you want them to change, of course.

notachance9d ago


Game development is very costly and takes very long time, only a fool decides on the core engine purely because “muh healthy competition” and risk the chance of Unity making another shitty decision down the line and ruining years of work.

babadivad9d ago

They have lost all trust and there's no coming back.

JackBNimble9d ago

Would you give someone a second chance if they walked up to you and kicked you in the nuts?

Why does unity deserve a second chance? They only walked this back because of the backlash, give them a chance and they will only try it again.

MWH6d ago (Edited 6d ago )

@JackBNimble a kick in the nuts is totally different than making a wrong decision, is it not?

my reasoning is not to side with Unity or anything close to that, it's only because we cannot afford having a monopoly in the game engine market. imagine if, for example, Epic is the only company making game engines, fees will go up the roof and quality will go down the gutter, why? because they can. Just look at what NVidia is doing in the GPU market.

If you can see past your emotions, you'll understand.

@KwietStorm_BLM @savedsynner thank God you exist. but to be fair to others, i think most of the commenters here are too young to view and understand things the way adults do.

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savedsynner10d ago

Eh, they are a HUGE game dev engine. Def not dead but massive PR blunder.

ABizzel110d ago (Edited 10d ago )

It’s definitely not too little too late. Companies have been making crazy decisions this entire generation and people have moved right past it.

PS5 Price Hike, XBL Gold doubling in price, Series Price Hike, Games going for $70, etc…. It’s in the news and media for a month or two, then the vast majority of people and gamers don’t care anymore as they move on to the next news topic. Meanwhile, those who games using the Engine are the ones who have to actually do the communicating and work to make sure the solution is fair and balanced for all parties and so they can continue their work. If there is no resolve for all parties after this then there’s no coming back.

What they did do is give Unreal Engine 5 an unneeded advantage over them which was the most ignorant thing they could have done.

Rebel_Scum9d ago

I think you underestimate how long and badly a lot of users on here hold a grudge. They’ve got the sharpest axes.

I agree with your not too little too late sentiment. Everyone makes a bad decision at some point. Let’s see if they can rectify and improve in a way that benefits them, consumers and developers before we start frothing at the mouth.

neomahi9d ago

Sounds familiar doesn't it? Like when Don Mattrick invited everyone to Redmond to unveil a certain console. Phil Spencers been and most definitely his right hand man Executive Fanboy Aaron Greenberg (Head of Marketing - Why would you put a guy like this as your head of marketing, honestly) have been caught in the same thing. Phil Spencer's just as bad and as much of a two-faced about faced liar as Don Mattrick, they just put his under bite more. He's obviously not as stressed because he's packed on a ton of weight sitting as his desk with his feet kicked up playing his Switch and shoving his mouth full cause he's fat now too

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shinoff218310d ago

Pretty much. Any devs future games should not start on unity. They've shown their cards like ms with the original Xbox one reveal.

XiNatsuDragnel10d ago (Edited 10d ago )

Too late you guys just loss so hard imo.

Kaii10d ago

You shot your credibility, and wtfudge are you using 7,700 employees 4?


staticall10d ago

First, they've removed Terms of Service from github, just 'cuz, so no more transparency (is there a new version? What changed? Read ToS every week with a lawyer to be safe), the trust is broken.
Then, they also started requiring 3 day online check ups. And they also increased the price of the subscriptions, 'cause why not?!
After that, they introduce those ridiculous runtime fees. And after developers started to revolt, what they do? They didn't back down, instead they tried to move some numbers around to make it "easier to understand and accept". And keep in mind, if you install a game, that's +1 install. But if you uninstall and reinstall right away, that's another +1 install. This can be exploited and probably will be. And it's applied to your every developed game, not just newely created ones.

Say "thanks" to your new EA exec and it's "great" ideas (yes, "it's"; don't this it has a soul or anything human anymore), this company can't and shouldn't be trusted anymore, by anyone. They became too greedy and will now try to slowly screw you over. This is not some one small misstep, this is a calculated plan. They deserve what they're getting.

And this is happening when Unreal Engine will start taking money from you after you've earned $1.000.000 in a year (and if they change ToS and you disagree with it, you can continue using your current version without any extra strings attached). And you also have free Godot, O3DE and others.

anast9d ago

Godot is a good option for those that don't have monster PCs.

jznrpg9d ago

They sound just like MS