Video game retailers could be prosecuted if they sell to underage children
The Pan-European Game Information (PEGI) ratings system that you see on video games is now legally enforceable throughout the UK, which means that, if you're a retailer, you could be prosecuted if you sell age restricted games to children.
The British Board of Film Classification dropped a parallel ratings system that had been in place, and now, this new rating method will see games featuring small diagrams to indicate sex, drugs, violence, swearing and whatnot.
This is obviously great news for adults. If a game has all the diagrams on it, then we'll know it's a must-buy.
Naturally, the Pegi system is to help families "make informed decisions". The decision to take this on was brought about after The Byron Review by Profesor Tanya Byron. The report said "having a dual classification system and two sets of symbols often made things confusing for the consumer", and said switching to a single system was important to child safety.
So what do you need to know? Well, 'non-graphic violence to people and animals' will see a 12 rating while the 18 certificate will be doled out to games 'likely to produce revulsion because of a gross level of violence.' Or, they should have a massive sticker on that simply says "ACE!"