Video game retailers could be prosecuted if they sell to underage children

30 July 2012

Jet PacThe 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!"


TOPICS:   Technology   Games


  • qwertyuiop
    Seriously, what's the point? Minors don't get their hands on the likes of CoD because of retailers directly, they get the games because their irresponsible parents buy them and then they go bitch to a newspaper when their 10 year old shoots someone in the head because of a scene they saw in said game. FYI parents, if your little darlings persuade you to buy video games that are too young for them, ask yourselves this question: Should you be having children?
  • LanceVance
    Totally agree with Qwertyuiop.Lots of the kids round here have to get their grandparents to buy games for them. Mainly because their parents are to young to buy the game for them!! Just like i have said before kids bringing up kids is going to end in tears. Lots of them if i have my way!
  • Fran
    I can completely understand buying a game for someone a year underneath the limit, the same way that we all used to try fool the cinema to get into a 15 when we were 13. That's not the real issue. The problem is, people who buy their young children violent games or films just because it heralds a superheroes name. PARENTS LEARN TO CHECK THE CONTENT IS SUITABLE.
  • Fran
    Also, even when they don't herald a name. Just because your kiddy asks for it, doesn't mean its suitable. If they asked for a vodka with their coke you wouldn't give them it just because they wanted it.
  • FJ
    Parents buy the games anyway because "it's only a game" and "he plays it at his mate's house/everyone else has it". Unless parents, as the best judges of their kids maturity, are going to play through the game themselves to determine of the content is suitable, they should trust the ratings. Not so many are brave enough to risk making themselves/their kids unpopular by saying no, though.
  • Mr M.
    They are only games, they have fuck all effect on kids unless you read/believe the Daily Mail...
  • zeddy
    Is that Jet-Pac?
  • Chewbacca
    Look, if a kid goes and takes out 22 schoolkids, it's not because he played a nasty game. Jesus, people are fucking morons.
  • qwertyuiop
    Tell that to all the idiot parents who deem it appropriate to try and sue because the kids have been corrupted by the game that THEY bought for them.
  • qwertyuiop
    Infact, that brings me back to a recent story I'd read about some 12 year old asian kid having wracked up about a grand's worth of M$ points on his dad's credit card. The kid assumed what he was buying was actually making his BLACK OPS online character more powerful. The parent, being the stupid douchebag that he was tried to complain to M$ that their policies weren't clear enough, conveniently relinquishing all blame himself for allowing his son to use the card in the first place on a game he was too fucking young for. Honestly, newspapers will run any old shit these days.
  • Fran
    Yeah it's not all down to the games / tv / films but if you let tv and video games parent your kids don't be surprised if they have terrible morals / perception of what's right and wrong.
  • Mr C.
    Does that make angry birds a 12 rated game? Joking aside, my son is ten and we don't allow him to play anything over 12. Not because we fear him doing something stupid or dangerous, but so that he doesn't have nighmares. Some of the games i've played such as Resident Evil have made me jump back.
  • Numpty D.
    I thought Angry Birds was the queue outside Waterstones when 50 shades had sold out.
  • Milky
    My daughter (currently 8 years old) knows via talking through anything scarey, be it in a book, dvd or news reportage which lessens any nightmares considerably. She's actually more afraid of "the police" than zombies a big fan of the walking dead (which I watch 1st to check suitability, & then prime her for a nasty scene if I feel it's warranted. So far she's had a few "ugh" moments but only on par with Dr Who episode s ..the main thing is to get your child to distinguish between play, reality, acting, software animation etc. I point out that all actors wash the make-up ketchup blood etc off & each night go back tired to their own families, in context this stuff isn't horrific, it just needs a modicum of common sense & parents to give a toss about time spent with their children, "teaching" them sensibilities & values. Can't do anything about her being scared of corrupt self serving coppers though! ..& damned if I'm going to dupe her into thinking their all "nice" upstanding folk ...she see's the news.
  • Numpty D.
    A rational post on BW? This place is going downhill
  • Me
    @ Numpty Dumpty Let me fix that for you... CUNTS!!!!!

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