During the recent London Games Conference (LGC) it emerged that PEGI are helping to launch the International Age Ratings System Coalition. This new internationally recognised system will see a singular age ratings system being used across key gaming territories such as the UK, USA, South America, Brazil, Australia and New Zealand. Talks with Japan and south Korea to join are currently underway.
MCV reports that publishers and developers will only have to fill out a single online form answering pre-determined questions, which will then generate an appropriate age rating for the game. Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo are reportedly interested already.Click here to read more...
Today's the day! PEGI officially takes over as the legally-enforceable standard of video game ratings and classification here in the UK today.
The rectangles of PEGI have become far more ubiquitous in recent years than the BBFC's circular stamps of age classification in our industry, and today will see the BBFC's 15 rating rise to 16 under PEGI.Click here to read more...
The arguments about whether videogames can cause violent behaviour in minors has been raging on for many years, with sensationalist pundits and ropey researchers quick to cash in on many parents' fears. This has led to a Californian review of whether games should be legally withheld from younger people (which is still being fiercely debated in a Congress subcommittee as of January 2011)- and it's high time we took a look at the facts as both gamers and concerned citizens alike.
Today brings us headline news from the (utterly shameless) Fox Network... who assert that games don't just cause violence. They're responsible for rape as well.
The increase in rapes can be attributed in large part to the playing out of [sexual] scenes in video games. If a younger kid experiences Bulletstorm's explicit language and violence, the damage could be significant. - Dr Jerry Weichman on Fox News [via MCV]
Ugh. As Dealspwn's News Editor, I'm deeply saddened that biased news reporting of this calibre is allowed on mainstream outlets... but it's only the tip of an ignorant iceberg that has been bobbing around in our collective consciousness for many years. The fact remains that, since two thirds of young people now play videogames, it will always be possible to link our hobby to the tiny proportion of gamers who commit acts of violence. Tarantino films were criticized for doing the same. Hell, even the (frankly tame) Catcher In The Rye book was as well! At the end of the day, assertions of "damaging the youth of today" is a stumbling block that all forms high art must pass through in order to be accepted. God knows that Shakespeare probably had to.
But the biggest responsibility doesn't lie with games or gamers. Sorry, parents: but it lies with you.
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