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BBFC.online: A New Rating System for Downloadable Movies and Games

BBFC has announced that it will launch a new voluntary scheme, which will be called BBFC.online, that would allow it to apply its rating system to downloadable movies and videogames.

Further, it was announced that companies such as 20th Century Fox, Warner Bros, and Walt Disney Studios had already signed up for BBFC.online and more than 600 downloadable movies and videogames had already been given the BBFC ratings certificates.

Although BBFC.online will rate a wide range of online content, it will not censor the Internet; it will also not rate online games such as World of Warcraft.

The head of policy at the BBFC, Peter Johnson said that BBFC is already in talks with all major companies dealing in such online content to sign up with this new ratings system.

He said that if a company is delivering a game or a movie via the internet instead of using the more conventional forms of delivery such as mail order, then it can sign up for the ratings system; however, the new system is not applicable to games hosted online.

In order to add to Johnson’s comments, David Cooke, Director, BBFC, said that BBFC will have to work collaboratively with PEGI Online in order to provide a better rating system for online games.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.