UK Sides With PEGI Game Rating System

The UK government has today announced that game ratings will switch to the industry-established self-declaration PEGI system already in use across much of Europe.

PEGI ratings contain an age recommendation as well as icons indicating questionable content such as violence, drugs, sex and gambling. The Video Standards Council will have the authority to ban games which attempt to circumvent the self-declared ratings.

Many in the industry have responded favourably to the news, including representatives of Nintendo, EA UK, Sega Europe and Ubisoft UK. "Parents can be assured that they will have access to clear, uniform ratings on games and an accurate understanding of game content," said Mike Rawlinson, president of industry body ELSPA.

The British Board of Film Classification was previously responsible for rating mature games. The BBFC controversially refused to rate Carmaggedon and Manhunt 2 which effectively banned them until its decisions were overturned on appeal--though the former was rated in the interim after turning pedestrians into green-blooded zombies.

From The Chatty
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    June 16, 2009 2:02 PM

    So we can expect the uk to go like germany? is that right?


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      June 16, 2009 2:06 PM

      No not really. Germany has it's own hardline rating system, the USK. The Germans wish they had such a comparably soft ratings system as the PEGI...

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      June 16, 2009 2:09 PM


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      June 16, 2009 2:11 PM

      In theory, an improvement over the BBFC is possible.

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        June 16, 2009 2:35 PM

        I don't know the systems at all but it seems like this would be a good thing? Rather than some of the silly cases here in the US of states trying to inject their own standards and labels, they just use the industry-standard system?

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          June 16, 2009 3:29 PM

          PEGI is great for publisher and consumer alike, so that's definitely exciting.

          It's the Video Standards Council's role that I was uncertain about, but having had a quick reccy, yup, they seem like good folks. They've released a report calling out claims that movies and games lead to violence, which seems a far cry from the BBFC's bannings. So. Hooray.

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      June 16, 2009 2:40 PM

      Oh man, I would be glad if it was only PEGI here in Germany.
      I need to import most of the mature rated games from Austria. They have PEGI there.

      Politicians over here are mostly old hags who don't understand what a video game is. Either it's "Barbies Dream Pony" or it's banned.

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        June 16, 2009 8:04 PM

        "Barbies Dream Pony" wasn't banned in your country?? it was out here in Oz, that scene with barbie and the pony in the barn with all that leather was just wrong.

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