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U.K. Gamers Should Expect More Delays Now, According to EA

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It sure is great how our friends in Britain always get their games in a timely manner. If you think it's bad now, EA would like to point out that it's likely to get worse.

In an interview with GamesIndustry, EA U.K. Veep Keith Ramsdale throws in two cents regarding the potential changes to British law regarding game ratings. He calls the new BBFC proposal, "an extra and unnecessary layer of administration," and warns that lacking a unified European standard for content rating will "equal delays in getting games to market and into the hands of British players."

He's right, of course. In the whole of history, I can't recall a time when adding a glut of work to a bureaucracy has ever resulted in things maintaining the same brisk pace of work that government offices legendarily maintain (hah!).

And it will be a glut. A cursory glance at PEGI (Pan-European Game Information, ratings board responsible for much of Europe and the baseline by which BBFC will determine if additional rating is necessary) finds 219 retail box releases for the home consoles with a rating of 16+ or higher, the current benchmark for BBFC involvement. Adding in games rated 12+, as the BBFC intends to do, throws in another 170 titles, an increase of over 77%. Then, when you throw in digital download services, handhelds and PC, you're going to have quite the workload on hand.

It seems likely that already beleaguered UK gamers could be waiting still longer for future titles, regardless of how competent the BBFC thinks they are. Provided, of course, those said gamers don't rise as one and slay them all.

(via The Escapist)
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About Conrad Zimmermanone of us since 2:14 AM on 12.06.2007

An avid player of tabletop and video games throughout his life, Conrad has a passion for unique design mechanics and is a nut for gaming history. He can be heard on the comedy podcast FistShark Marketing (fistshark.com) and streams video games often on Hitbox (hitbox.tv/ConradZimmerman)

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