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Byron backs film-style ratings for games

Results of Government report revealed.

The long-awaited Byron Review has recommended that a single, clearly outlined age rating system be introduced for videogames in the UK, GamesIndustry.biz reports.

That would seem to suggest support for the BBFC's system, which is similar to the one it uses to rate films, and a snub for pan-European PEGI ratings.

Other recommendations made include requiring all games for children aged 12 and above subject to rating, and introducing clear and consistent guidelines as to how games should be advertised.

The games industry was also asked to make an effort to improve parents' understanding of age ratings, and to improve parental controls so adults can police what is being played in the homes.

Additionally The Times Online is reporting that the cigarette-style health warnings have been recommended, along with hefty fines or five-year prison terms for retailers selling inappropriate games to minors.

Microsoft and EA have previously told GamesIndustry.biz that they backed the PEGI system, citing advantages in pan-European coverage as well as the ability to rate a far higher number of titles.

GamesIndustry.biz previously told us never to talk to fictions.

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