PEGI Officially Enforceable in the UK

July 30, 2012 -

The Pan-European Game Information (PEGI) ratings system is officially in effect in the United Kingdom today, with the reins of the video game ratings bureaucracy leaving the auspices of the  BBFC. The change means that retailers in the region that sell video games rated for 12-, 16- or 18-year-olds to children below those age limits would be subject to prosecution and other legal actions. Packaging for games in the UK will now contain age ratings, and descriptors for language, drug use, discrimination, gambling, sex, violence, online gameplay, and more.

Under this ratings system, games are rated for 12-years and over if they include non-graphic violence to human or animal characters, nudity, or bad language. Games are rated 16-years and over if they depict realistic violence or sexual activity and drug or tobacco references. Games are rated 18-years and over if there is an excessive level of violence.

The Games Rating Authority has also relaunched, a resource for parents in the region to get informed before buying their children games.

Source: Eurogamer


Re: PEGI Officially Enforceable in the UK

So will games like Mass Effect now get reclassified? Mass Effect 1 was rated BBFC 12, whilst PEGI gave it a ridiculous 18.

PEGI don't like sex and so we are going to now find some very bizarre age ratings on games. There are simply too many different cultures in Europe (with Germany being very strict over games) and PEGI is trying to find an age rating that fits for all. Expect a lot more 18 ratings now.

Re: PEGI Officially Enforceable in the UK

Of course, the VSC still has the power to refuse classification, effectively banning a game from sale instead of, you know, appropriately rating it so that consumers can make an informed choice as to whether they want to purchase it or not.


Andrew Eisen

Re: PEGI Officially Enforceable in the UK

I'd say to drop the beating of a dead horse, however, I'll happily join you in this one since hopefully there's just enough life left in it for things to change.

Re: PEGI Officially Enforceable in the UK

It is worth noting though that only two games ever got hit with a total ban and both were appealed successfully.

Re: PEGI Officially Enforceable in the UK

The uncensored version of Manhunt 2 is still unclassified in the UK and therefore banned.

Also, it's worth noting, that the censored version of Manhunt 2 took a year or so to get its rating.  Carmageddon was delayed almost a year before it was finally rated.  Other games, such as The Punisher, were censored specifically to avoid a classification refusal.


Andrew Eisen

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