The long-running battle to become the UK’s version of America’s ESRB is now over, with the Pan European Games Information (PEGI) ratings system standing over the shattered corpse of the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC). Well, that’s not exactly true, as the BBFC will continue to rate films as well as DVD and Blu-Ray content for the region. Then again, games are overtaking films anyway. Does that make the BBFC a zombie?
A more interesting development in the case mentions that it will now be illegal to sell a game rated 12+ to minors, an action even more strict than US retailers’ self-imposed restrictions on selling Mature-rated games. Now, even arguably bloodless action games will be removed from the hands of British tweens. Now you will know that the person screaming obscenities at you over the microphone is 18 years or older.