UK Government Revamps Game Age Ratings

The UK Government has announced changes to the age rating system for video games, moving from the current British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) standard, to the European PEGI rating promoted by the Video Standards Council.

PEGI is designed to offer both an age rating and several other labels, denoting such aspects as fear, violence or sexual content - to give customers and parents a better idea of what they're buying - in some cases for children.

It might not be a bad idea if those parents also played the game before handing it to their child.

On top of the switch to a new ratings system, the authorities will be cracking down on any retailers and staff that sell games to underage children. There is even the threat of jail time for those that do so, massively increasing the stakes for game sellers.

The creative industries minister Ed Vaizey commented on the change up: "It will give parents greater confidence that their children can only get suitable games while we are creating a simpler system for industry having their games age-rated."

Expected to come into force in July, the BBFC will almost entirely halt its investigations into games at that point. However, it will still be called in to assess titles that contain high levels of violence or sexual content.

Source: BBC