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Video game age-rating system to be simplified
Thursday 10 May 2012 14:53:58 by Andrew Ferguson

Video games for some years have carried PEGI ratings, which provide information to parents on what the minimum suitable age for a game is, five categories exist 3, 7, 12, 16 and 18 years old. Proposals have gone to Parliament that would see the current system where some games carried a BBFC rating instead changed, so that all but the handful that qualify for the R18 (Restricted Sale) certificate will be PEGI rated by the Video Standards Council.

A larger change is that the age-12 rating will become legally enforceable, with a maximum punishment of six months in prison and a fine of up to £5,000 for supplying a game to someone who does not meet the age classification. The single age-rating system arises from the Digital Economy Act 2010.


Posted by otester over 5 years ago
Kinda pointless, you can get a debit card pretty young nowadays and at 16 a prepaid credit card...
Posted by LT38 over 5 years ago
lmao this is a joke right?

its not the kids that buy them its the parents so how exacly do they plan on stopping it?

for instance my son cant buy a game rated above 12 due to being only 11 but whats to stop me buying it and then him playing it? not that i would of course but thats not the point.
Posted by andrew (Favicon staff member) over 5 years ago
Thats kinda the point, you made the choice to let them have it.

The age restriction is there to reduce the probability of them buying a game without your knowledge when they are younger than rating.

If the consensus is that this does not work, age controls as suggested by EU may become the way those in power decide to go, see

Posted by drteeth over 5 years ago
My son is 13 and used to play GTA (rated 18) when he was MUCH younger. He mainly liked it as a free-form driving game and like the rare piece of shooting. I kept a close eye on him in case the latter became too obcessive. It is really just like a Tom and jerry cartoon to a youngster.
Posted by LT38 over 5 years ago
when/if you set up an xbox live or playstation account you have to enter your age and credit/debit card details to prove your age

why cant a block be put on that ie prove your age to remove the black as most kids are on either xbox or playstation anyway that would solve the problem to an extent
Posted by Firefalcon over 5 years ago
Age ratings has stopped the majority of parents buying their kids inappropriate games before hand and it won't stop them in the future under a new system.

They will be more than happy to blame the games companies/industry though if they disapprove of what they eventually see their child playing or read the latest sensationalist bullshit from the tabloid scum. Much like this whole porn filter nonsense.

Sounds too much like proper parenting, too much to ask these days.
Posted by Spectre_01 over 5 years ago
yeah like drteeth I bought my 6 year old son Modern Warefare 2 even though its rated 18 I think its okay as long as he dosn't shoot too many people in 1 night...
Posted by otester over 5 years ago
Also my first game was Unreal at age 8.

I haven't killed anyone yet...
Posted by tommy45 over 5 years ago
Something as trivial has this deserves to be laughed out of the courts, infact it will constitute a complete waist of valuable resources, (police and courts system)and further more the tax payers money yet again, Cameron seriously should change his surname to MORON because he is one , more red tape when they con/dems preach about cutting the red tape bullshit is all they speak
Posted by tommy45 over 5 years ago
Also can anyone really see a parent or other person such as a shop assistant or store manager being sentenced to a prison term ?

If some idiot magistrate did pass a prison sentence, then they should do some porridge themselves for waisting public money
Posted by tommy45 over 5 years ago
lets do the sums

3mths at HMP cost to public purse around £500-£1000 per week x 13weeks =£6,500 -£13000, -£5000 = £1500 - £8000 or more out of pocket per person, assuming the fine is repayed,on time
Posted by ryan_d over 5 years ago
I agree with everything LT38 and tommy45 says.
Also don't vote for politicians.
Posted by otester over 5 years ago

I don't get the fine+prison thing, I'd refuse both.
Posted by andrew (Favicon staff member) over 5 years ago
Are people aware that the law change is not an introduction of the penalty, it already exists for the sale of PEGI 18 material.

Posted by tommy45 over 5 years ago
@andrew, Well it shouldn't do and this change may encourage them to impose it, or actually find the time to prosecute, as it's outdated un needed legislation, a game is just that a game harmless fun are they not?
Posted by otester over 5 years ago

Censorship of this type of material was started by religious people.
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