EU enacts new age limit system on games

Violent computer games are to be regulated by a film-style classification system that will warn parents about graphic sex or horrific images.

The move comes after complaints about the content of games such as Hooligans: Storm over Europe, State of Emergency and Carmaggedon, which show graphic images of fighting, death and reckless driving.

From April all computer games sold in the EU will carry the new classifications. Those with no violent content or sex will be rated 3+, indicating the age from which they can be played. There will also be classifications of 7+, 12+, 16+ and 18+.

Computer games which are so violent they fall outside the new code will be regulated by the British Board of Film Classification and could be banned. Selling a banned game will lead to unlimited fines and possible imprisonment.

News source: Guardian Unlimited Observer

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