Gaming not for kids – official

It’s official: gaming is not for kids. This morning, a government–backed report is recommending that the ratings system gets a complete ov

It’s official: gaming is not for kids. This morning, a government–backed report is recommending that the ratings system gets a complete overhaul, with access to the likes of GTA IV, Halo 3 and Bully: Scholarship Edition truly limited to those old enough to drink, smoke and vote.

TV psychologist Dr Tanya Bryon has been taking a look at the nation’s gaming habits since early last year. She says it’s time to bring an end to the PEGI (Pan–European Game Information system), which can end up giving games a lower rating than the one doled out by the BBFC.

She’s also outlined plans for a new 12 rating along with a website for parents to check out whether a game is suitable for their kids. There’ll also major push on getting Ma and Pa to understand why buying little Jimmy Manhunt 2 isn’t such a great idea.

“If you are under 18, you should not be able to buy an '18' game and if you are under 12, you should not be able to buy a '12' game," says Byron.

Hopefully this will head off more tiresome controversy like that surrounding the release of Rockstar’s uber-violent Manhunt 2 and the undoubted controversy that’ll greet GTA IV when it hits shelves on April 29.

Essentials

New game ratings

Contact: BBFC