It has been no more than a week since the U.K. government backed the PEGI rating system over that of the BBFC and there are already calls for improvement.
PEGI is an independent rating system which relies on the game developer to assign its own rating. The system is now used in over 30 countries across Europe. The U.K. adopted the system last week in response to the Digital Britain Report.
Apparently the symbols used in the system are a little obscure for the typical consumer. The Video Game Trade Association chief, Dr. Wilson, largely accepts PEGI, but thinks that the system could be improved upon.
“While the age ratings are fairly clear, there needs to be improvement to the system – especially the pictograms – because they are not instinctively recognizable,”
While looking at the symbols above, this should come as a fairly obvious conclusion. The first thing that comes to mind when I see a black and white symbol of a spider is not “fear” and whether or not a subjective term such as fear should be used is a different topic.
Even the symbols for sex and violence are not intrinsically clear when given a glance. Though it begs the question on why the Video Game Trade Association would even make an issue out of this. Why not just keep the words underneath the symbols?