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Video Games Classification: A Consultation

Video Games Classification: A Consultation
1 Jul 2008
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Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS)
Public Consultation
New Technology; Video Games; Children; Violence
As part of the Government’s implementation of the Byron Review recommendations on children and new media, the DCMS is seeking views on the current classification system for video games. Currently there are both statutory and voluntary classifications systems for video games in the UK. The statutory system gives age-related classification and short content advice and is run by the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC). The non-statutory or voluntary system was set up by the industry and awards age classifications but also advises about content through pictograms. This latter system is called the Pan European Games Information (PEGI) system. The consultation sets out four options for consideration: Option 1 - Hybrid Classification System – BBFC ratings for all games for players over 12 and PEGI ratings for under 12s; Option 2 - Enhanced BBFC system; Option 3 - Enhanced PEGI system; Option 4 - Voluntary code of practice. Comments generated by this consultation will be used to develop the system in order to protect gamers from inappropriate content. The consultation runs until 20/11/2008.

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