Video Standards Council to take over games age ratings – BBC

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The BBC reports that the Video Standards Council is to take control of the age ratings for video games. This basically means that anyone caught selling a game with an 18 certificate to someone who is underage can face a jail term.

About time too, although I don’t think the retailers are the problem.

Creative Industries Minister Ed Vaizey said: “It will give parents greater confidence that their children can only get suitable games while we are creating a simpler system for industry having their games age-rated.”

At the end of the day, how many 8 year olds have £40 in their pocket to spend on Call of Duty or GTA4? It’s the parents who are buying the games for their kids, but they are the ones blaming the games when their little darlings start re-enacting violent scenes from these games in the playground.