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Vaizey confirms new PEGI delay

Thu 13 Jan 2011 1:52pm GMT / 8:52am EST / 5:52am PST
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Push back to July is "nothing to worry about," insists Culture Minister

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The long wait for the implementation of the UK's new PEGI games classification system has suffered a further delay, pushing it back to July at the earliest, GamesIndustry.biz can reveal.

The latest slip was confirmed last night by Minister for Culture Ed Vaizey, who said: "There's been some technical delays to iron out a few kinks nothing fundamental, nothing serious. And we'll crack on with it as fast as we can."

The system was due to be implemented on April 1st 2011, already a year since it was passed as part of the Digital Economy bill. But Vaizey, speaking to GamesIndustry.biz at the Gamers' Voice Parliament Games Day in Westminster, insisted there was "nothing to worry about".

GamesIndustry.biz understands that the cause of the latest delay is due to the time it will take to secure European parliament approval. A source close to PEGI said: "What goes on the front of the box is fine. It's what goes on the back of the box that's still being discussed".

The source added that they hoped it would now be passed by July. When this date was suggested to Vaizey, he acknowledged: "That's my understanding".

9 Comments

John Donnelly
Quality Assurance

314 38 0.1
*Rolls eyes*

Posted:3 years ago

#1

Sam Brown
Programmer

237 163 0.7
The wheels of Government grindeth slowly, but they grindeth exceedingly small.

(So small in fact that the output is often unrecognisable compared to the input ;) )

Posted:3 years ago

#2

Paul Smith
Dev

195 155 0.8
Do we really need any of this? Surely a simple rating would suffice

Posted:3 years ago

#3

Armin Seuchter
Studying Business Management

25 0 0.0
I guess those poor children we seek to protect with these ratings have to wait even longer now.

Posted:3 years ago

#4

Private
Industry

1,187 185 0.2
Someone knows whats wrong with the current PEGI?

Posted:3 years ago

#5

Tony Johns

520 12 0.0
Nothing is wrong with the current PEGI ratings...

I can understand them fine.

It is only that the government and family groups don't understand ratings system.

A rating system is only meant to be informing parents and therefore allowing adults to decide what to get at the store that sells the product, NOT protecting children.

Also, ratings systems are not an indication of harmfulness, only an indication of the content that SOME could consider offencive.

Posted:3 years ago

#6

Daniel Meyer
Editor / Author

4 0 0.0
As long they dont do the same as in Germany...

We suffered great with the USK (Germany's PEGI), as they began to increase the size of the logo about threefold. But this is just one thing, the harsh censorship is another reason why i prefer imported Games from the U.K.

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Daniel Meyer on 14th January 2011 7:54am

Posted:3 years ago

#7

Stephen McCarthy
Studying Games Technology

205 0 0.0
why do people do not get numbers.....

Posted:3 years ago

#8

Majora
artisan | freelance editor

9 1 0.1
Which will be the differences from the current system?

Posted:3 years ago

#9

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