Video: 'Game Content Rating Systems Must Change'

Quantic Dream's Guillaume de Fondaumiere says ratings for movies and games should be the same, and that developers should play active roles in ratings committees, in this free lecture from GDC Vault.
"I would like to see an equal treatment for games and movies. I don't see any difference."
-Heavy Rain developer Quantic Dream's Guillaume de Fondaumiere in his talk at GDC Europe 2011 on how stricter-than-necessary ratings hurt the games business. Over 50 games have been banned since 2000, according to Fondaumiere's presentation. In his talk, he makes an argument for adopting the same standards as movies and TV, and explains how ratings currently cause consumer confusion and hinder public funding and marketing. The banning of games in certain regions came up again recently -- see Saints Row IV being refused classification under Australia's new rating system. Also, don't forget to check out Gamasutra's interview with Fondaumiere on how Heavy Rain was edited to meet PEGI standards.

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