ISFE Chief Warns Against U.K. Videogame Rating Changes

Andy Chalk

One Flag, One Fleet, One Cat
Nov 12, 2002
ISFE Chief Warns Against U.K. Videogame Rating Changes

The Interactive Software Federation of Europe [] has warned against videogame rating changes in the U.K. that are expected to follow the release of the Byron report.

In an interview with Guardian []newspaper, the U.K. government is planning to bring in "cinema-style" ratings for videogames following the release of the report by Dr. Tanya Byron next month.

"I would resent the idea of equating games to movies - it's not the same experience," Chazerand said. "It's a step backwards. If we are to see a move to movie-like classification, I would see it as a mistake. But I cannot speaking for the U.K. public - or the U.K. government."

"If your government goes for a national solution over a pan-European one, I would take it as a blow to PEGI and not a reflection of the industry being global," he added. "It's not fitting to have a national system of game classification if you are current with the internet and if you are supportive of it."

The arisen recently []over the government's response to the publication of her findings, which could include harsher measures against violent videogames and wholesale changes in how games are rated.

Feb 13, 2008
Until they have a workable policing policy, this is all just hot air.

There's no law in selling a written version of the Karma Sutra to a four year old, for instance.