Ahhh. This is the sort of stuff I like to hear. The British Board of Film Classifcation have today published the results of a lot of extensive research they have decied to undertake on games and the gaming industry. A fair few of the findings are fairly obvious, it’s excellent that the words are coming from an offical regulatory body.

It’s also good to see someone taking an imaprtial and indeed through study of the subject, especially with such happenings of the recent shootings in the US, of which certain people are already jumping on the blaming video games bandwaggon (anyone who follows the industry already knows whom I’m talking about, the rest of you should do a search for Jack Thompson). The BBFC have also already been praised by Thompson previously, so I also feel the results of this survey, which pretty much debunk most of his arguments about the industry, are deliciously ironic for him.

Anyway, I’m going to read the full report, and hopefully comment more later, but for those of you in a hurry and want to know the main points, you can read about it on the BBFC website, and then download the report and have a look for yourself here.

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One Response to The BBFC – Voice of Reason

  1. […] A bit of a dubious title, but a bit of a dubious story here. Quite an annoyance, but it seems that Manhunt 2 isn’t going to get a release here in the UK after all. This is after the BBFC have deemed it “would involve a range of unjustifiable harm risks, to both adults and minors, within the terms of the Video Recordings Act, and accordingly that its availability, even if statutorily confined to adults, would be unacceptable to the public” and seems a bit of a turnaround after the BBFC’s recent findings indicating they would go a lot easier on games in the future. […]

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