Ahh finally the results of the big bad UK government report by Tanya Byron into videogaming has been finished according to the Times.
And it looks like the UK might have cigarette style warnings on videogames. What the fuck would it say? On Soul Calibur 4 will it say
"MIGHT CAUSE PENIS DEGRADATION OVER FAPPING OVER IVYS BIG MAMMARIES"
But i digress. On a serious note i don't know what to think. My initial reaction was "WTF? Big Brother goverment bullshit" and then proceeded to start this blog up to piss and whine about it.
However whilst badly editing the above picture i started to think back to the countless amount of times instore where i have had to selling a blatantly 18 rated to a parent to give to there little child in a pushchair to shut them up for a few hours. Whenever you point out "You do know its a 18 rated game?" they always reply with either "He has seen worse" or "DONT TELL ME HOW TO RAISE MY KIDS"
A big fucking blatant warning on the front might finally get there attention.
I do agree with alot of what was said in the report though. The European PEGI ratings are a bunch of crap. I often get customers asking me "Does the 3+ rating mean its easy?" "Does the 3+ mean its a kids game?" The fact that say Crash Bandicoot gets the same rating as Gran Turismo just confuses them.
Crash Bandicoot is obvious.
Kids game + Easy difficulty = 3+
Driving game + Hard as fuck = 3+ ??????????????????
BUT ITS AN ADULTS GAME!! ITS NOT FOR 3 YEAR OLD BABIES!!
Retarded yes but after working in videogames retail for 5 years i have an insight into how people think.
On my final point at the end of the Times article and i quote:
"She also wants all games consoles to contain blocking mechanisms that would enable parents to prevent children playing unsuitable games on them."
SHITTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT. I must have been dreaming all those parental locks on all my games consoles, especially the Wii that for some reason tells me that Parental locks are finally available every time i update the firmware.
Makes me wonder if she has actually... you know... seen a current games console.
Jim Sterling will surely have something to say about it all soon anyways