Your view: New video game age ratings are introduced


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A new age rating system for video games has come into force.

It is designed to stop some games being sold to under-12s and give the industry more simple rules for rating games according to age.

All games sold in the UK will be regulated under the Europe-wide Pegi (Pan European Game Information) scheme.

Up to now, the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) has provided certificates.

There will now be 12, 16 and 18 ratings as well as new diagrams on packaging showing what is featured in the games.

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Nathan Young ‎- 16 + 18? What's the point putting a two year age gap on games? Keep it simple like DVDs.

Frankie Raines - They will just get someone else to buy them. It comes down to the parents' responsibility as to whether they get to play them.

Dale Owen - The age restricted games are more like movies nowadays so it makes sense. But as others say, they will always end up in the under age players' hands anyway.

Matthew Chivers - I think 12, 15, and 18 worked better. There needs to be harsher punishments on children caught trying to buy games that they aren't old enough for.

Michael Brown - It's the parents' choice whether their children are ready or not. I played "violent" games from a young age. I saw them as fun games, like playing with an action man or GI Joe.

Michael Lewis - I used to sell these games, and we'd say no to a child and 9 times out of 10 the parent would come in and purchase it 5 mins later. They would normally also get an attitude with us for them having to come buy it.

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Sam - I'm a keen video gamer and 16 years old. Ratings have never got in the way for me so I doubt this new system will either for under-12s.

Nikki in Chatteris - It's not just the children who buy violent games, it's the parents. They don't realise what they're letting their children play on, but it's a convenient baby sitter.

Luke from Cannock - Age ratings on games need to be enforced a lot more seriously. I'm quite sick of 12 to 14-year-olds playing online with games that are 18 rated.

Cain Garrew - We had an age rating on computer games in Australia but it just doesn't work.