Smart move Microsoft, smart move...
Written by JurassicJunkie on October 15 2012 10:06 AM
Microsoft has dropped a bombshell after Luke Plunkett from Kotaku questioned them on the Windows 8 Marketplace.

As you would expect you can buy games via Microsoft's Marketplace, but all the apps won't have any age restrictions so under the Windows App guidelines games rated over PEGI 16 or ESRB Mature with not be allowed.

This is not a big issue for the United States as very few games land a rating higher than this, but over the pond in Europe its a little different. Here is a hand full of games that got a PEGI 18 rating.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
The Witcher II
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
Max Payne 3
The Walking Dead
Sleeping Dogs
Dishonored
Mass Effect 2
Mass Effect 3
LA Noire
Spec Ops: The Line
Fallout: New Vegas
Deus Ex
Assassin's Creed: Revelations

So this means you won't be able to buy these games, is this a problem you ask? Well no as you can still buy these games via steam or in physical format but the big question is why on earth does Microsoft think this is a good move to cut out revenue from these big games?
McNandy October 15 2012 02:16 PM
This is brilliant. Fucking idiots.

Also, it means that games with a 15 rating would be available for any child to download? I can't think of any rated 15 at the moment as I don't pay any attention to games ratings, but I know that if I had kids, I wouldn't want them exposed to most of the games I play. "Oh, but the parents should manage what their children have access to!" I hear you cry. I agree, and I am fairly certain that I personally would be able to control what goes on with any technology used under my roof, being an IT professional and all. The average 'user' wouldn't be able to though as far as I'm aware.

If this is the case, and any ol' Windows 8 user can download any ol' PEGI 16 rated game then I can hear cries of "My 6 year old daughter got a blow job in The Secret World" and "My 4 year old runs around screaming 'I'm getting my shit pushed up in here' since hearing it in Battlefield".

I'm not a PC gamer usually... do Steam / Origin have any mechanisms to stop children buying inappropriate games?
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Mad Mags October 16 2012 01:29 PM
when you set up your user on both Steam/Origin you set your age so it may well be open to abuse by kids as much as any other set up that involves you stating your age but not actually proving it. I don't know. I have to scroll so much to find my year of birth these days I've got RSI from it but I would assume that my age is verified on the back of my credit card/PayPal details. My assumption is that they must have these things in place or they are breaking the law. Having said that my kids play games on my steam and origin accounts (Football Manager/FIFA etc) so they can access any games I have installed on there. The thing is that I have the password to them and they don't. So I can control what they are playing.

I'd love to see a 4 year old play Battlefield......They'd still be better than me but I can imagine it all being a bit too much for them and they'd go back to Hello Kitty Adventures pretty quick.
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