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The British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) has responded to their glorious defeat at the hands of Pan European Games Information (PEGI), regarding who will be in charge of rating games in the UK. Apparently, BBFC Director David Cooke still feels that his would be the better team for the job. Sour grapes? Hit the jump for the full press release.

“We have argued consistently that any games classification system needs to put child protection at its heart. It must involve consultation with the British public, command their trust, and reflect their sensibilities. It must take account of tone and context and be carried out by skilled and knowledgeable examiners. It needs to involve the provision of full, helpful and carefully weighed information to parents and the public more generally. It must have the power and will to reject or intervene in relation to unacceptable games or game elements. It should make a substantial contribution to media education, for example through dedicated websites and through work with pupils, students and teachers. It must be speedy and cost effective. It must have the capabilities to monitor online gameplay and to attract new members to online classification schemes. And it must be independent in substance as well as appearance, reaching its decisions and providing information on the basis of its own detailed assessments.

“The BBFC has always supported PEGI and wished it well, but it continues to believe that it satisfies these requirements better than PEGI. However, it will cooperate fully in the detailed work needed to give effect to the Government’s decision. And it must be independent in substance as well as appearance, reaching its decisions and providing information on the basis of its own detailed assessments.”

Sounds like Cooke is slightly gutted that he won’t be able to sit around all day playing Manhunt anymore, doesn’t it? Either way, here’s hoping PEGI can actually produce a system that works; one that is actually respected.

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  1. Back when Australia just got the UK copies of games, it was always annoying to see boxes and discs covered in 3 sorts (BBFC, PEGI and OFLC) of rating stamps.

    Good to see they’ve amalgamated.

  2. I seriously hope PEGI change their look, because these:
    http://pixellove.files.wordpress.com/2008/05/pegirater.jpg
    don’t get noticed AT ALL!

  3. avatar Jack

    Well, at least you can see these ones: http://www.pegi.info/en/index/id/33/

  4. Hmmm, it’s a strange choice considering what the BBFC already do, but oh well.

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