Three men get sole rating power for computer games

Three men in Borehamwood will become solely responsible for rating computer games in the UK, after a plan sponsored by Ed Balls, the Schools Secretary, to have titles examined by the film censor was abandoned last week.

Digital Britain, the communications White Paper, concluded last week that game publishers could keep their controversial rating system, which has been criticised by some as weak and lenient when it comes to violent games.

Critics of the Pan European Game Information (PEGI) system used by computer games makers had called for the British Board and Film Classification (BBFC) to rate 12, 15 and 18 computer games. Last week's decision, however, means that the film censor will lose its existing legal power to censor games that feature "gross violence" - such as Grand Theft Auto - and apply an 18 rating.

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andron3796d ago (Edited 3796d ago )

They have a lot of examples of different classification examples. But what I have noticed most when comparing ratings from BBFC and PEGI is what they write about in the last paragraph.

BBFC did rate many games rated 18 by PEGI as 15. Examples: Resistance: Fall of Man, CoD: World at War, MGS4, Assassins Creed, The Orange Box, Brothers in Arms: Hells Highway, Haze, Bionic Commando, Turok and The Club...

darkgunner3796d ago

The next Viva Pinata's gonna be an 18 now :(

andron3796d ago

PEGI has mostly rational rating decisions. The discrepancy between the amount of 15 and 18 ratings is mostly due to the BBFC not using the 18 rating very often on games.

With PEGIs redesign they will be every bit as understandable as BBFCs. PEGI is adding colors from green to red to their age ratings, similar to what BBFC have today...

Pandamobile3796d ago

Good thing I'm still under the facist rule of the ESRB :\

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