South Africa recently introduced new, stricter guidelines for gaming, which recommend that children under ten years old should only ever play when supervised by an adult. The new rules were drafted by the South African Film and Publication Board, who claim that there is no such thing as a game that is appropriate for all ages.
“There is no ‘All ages’ age rating for games,” reads the document. “Children are not allowed to play a game classified ‘PG’ unless and only when supervised by an adult noting that such a game may contain classifiable elements that may be disturbing or harmful for children. Children from the ages of seven to nine years are not allowed to play a game classified ‘7-9PG’ unless supervised by an adult.”
The document advises game developers to be conscious of how it rewards players for acts of violence, claiming that there is an inherent danger in teaching children criminal acts. As a result, any titles which incorporate said violence will result in a higher age rating.
Developers from this point forward must now take into account not just the acts of violence within the game, but also “detailed instruction or promotion of violence” as well.
(All information was provided by GamesIndustry.biz)