Overhaul for video game ratings

The government has launched a consultation to overhaul the way video games are classified to help parents protect children from titles with violent or inappropriate content.

Culture minister Margaret Hodge said the current system needed to be improved to create a "classification system for rating games that is flexible and appropriate for the internet and carries a single set of trustworthy and recognisable symbols".

Currently there are two parallel systems for rating games in the UK. The British Board of Film Classification uses the symbols U, 12, 15 and 18 on certain games with violent or sexual behaviour, while all other games are classified under the pan-European system PEGI.

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