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DIVIDE ON GAMES INDUSTRY RATINGS
« on: July 09, 2008, 08:08:55 PM »
A row has broken out between the games industry and the UK's content classifiers over who should regulate video games in the future.

UK games industry body Elspa has called on the government to replace the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) role's in assessing video games.

The industry favours its own voluntary system, called Pegi.

The BBFC's Peter Johnson said Pegi was a "box ticking exercise" based on "no consultation with parents".

The two systems have different approaches to classification. The BBFC system is enforced by law and based around the symbols used to classify films, while Pegi is a voluntary code.

Mr Johnson, head of policy and business development, said the BBFC system was superior to Pegi because games were more thoroughly examined and decisions were made in the light of both the context of the game and the content.

Elspa has said it backs Pegi because it was "designed specifically for interactive software".

Paul Jackson, director general of Elspa, said only Pegi "fully assessed" all games content.

Mr Jackson, speaking to MPs and the media at the Westminster Media Forum, in London, said Pegi was the "gold standard" for classification.

The row comes a few months after Dr Tanya Byron concluded at the end of her report into the impact of games on children that both systems should be used.

She recommended that BBFC symbols should be used on the front of game boxes in shops and Pegi classifications on the back. She said that the two bodies should work together on areas such as online game classification.

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DIVIDE ON GAMES INDUSTRY RATINGS
« on: July 09, 2008, 08:08:55 PM »

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