Plaudits and concern over Byron
The Byron Review aims to improve the ratings system
The games industry has welcomed the recommendations of the Byron Review but concerns have been raised that ratings still need to be future proofed.
Dr Tanya Byron has recommended that the role of the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) be expanded.
BBFC director David Cooke said the body was well placed to deal with task of rating all games for ages 12 plus.
But leading industry figures have said the self-regulatory system Pegi should have been given more emphasis.
Pegi is a pan-European self-regulatory system used by developers and publishers.
There has also been concern expressed about how the online and offline gaming ratings will mesh.
Dr Byron has said that Pegi should classify online games but many titles now have both an online and offline component.
“Our key concern is that we really want a future proofed system,” said Paul Jackson, director general of the Entertainment and Leisure Software Publishers Association. “As our industry is going online so rapidly, it’s critical for us that the system works for on the shelf and online.”
Author: Darren Waters, Technology editor, BBC News, 27th March 2008
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