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UK government to end dual rating system for games.


In what seems to be an outbreak of common sense, the British government has elected to do away with the two tier rating system for video games and just go with the Europe-wide PEGI system (cue some otherwise ignored Tory back-bencher trying to get some media traction by claiming this leaves us at the whims of the EU and all manner of depravity being forced upon our kids).

Previously some titles fell under the auspices of the British Board of Film Classification which led to multiple ratings on games boxes – and that won’t do, as having to read two boxes which tell you that the game you’re buying is for adults is only going to cut into time that many parents reserve for allowing their offspring to do whatever they want without fear of admonishment or, you know, actual parenting.

So, when clueless Mum and Dad go to Tesco and buy Call of Duty: Black Ops 2″ for little Darren this November, they’ll have one less graphic on the box to remind them that they’re ineffectual halfwits and can spend that extra half-second of reading time on ignoring health warnings on their ready meals and supermarket special boxes of Lager.

Still, it might shut up professional irritant, charisma vacuum and British MP Keith Vaz for ten seconds, so we can at least be grateful for that…

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Xtina, 007 and Judi Dench’s Foul Mouth


You wouldn’t like her when she’s angry – ooh, the mouth Judi Dench has.

Yahoo in the UK (yes, it still exists) have run a story detailing the most absurd and inane complaints received by the British Board of Film Classification during the last few years – and Judi Dench getting all sweary is but one of the more sensible moans.

Bear in mind that the BBFC just give films a certificate and offer content advice to consumers and parents about films – they are not in a position to do much about, ooh, kids going to the toilet too often during Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest“.  I’ve had more than my fair share of annoyances during cinema visits – the shower of pond life who ruined my cinema viewing of “Juno” are a story for another day – but I’ve never felt the need to write to the BBFC about it.  Cinema managers might be your best shot when complaining about bladder-challenged infants whose nitwit parents feel an inexplicable need to take to films patently unsuitable for them.

Other glorious complaints from the terminally confused?  Daniel Craig is a crap 007 (and Sean Connery should be reinstated forthwith), Christina Aguilera is too sexy for a 12A rating and oblivious patrons of satirical crap-fest Disaster Movie complaining that their choice of film was dreadful and they should have been warned about it.

Less of that kind of thing, young lady, you'll only upset the old folk.

Aside from hoping against hope that the authors of these complaints haven’t felt the need to breed and pass on their idiocy to a new generation, it really does boggle the mind that I share the same air as people who seem to believe that the BBFC’s remit extends to vetting Aguilera’s “X-Factor” performance for saucy frugging and then signing off on her casting in movies.  It’s quite sweet, in a sense, that naive folk believe that the world functions in this kind of all-encompassing integration and somewhat worrying that these self-same people very possibly are allowed to vote.

And the UK has local elections this week – what larks!

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