Some of you may be following the current turmoil in the UK game industry regarding the impending assignment of an age rating to all UK based games. We have just received the following letter from the BBFC.
In line with the consistent findings of the BBFC’s public consultations, at ’40’ the BBFC’s guideline concerns will not normally override the wish that adults should be free to chose their own entertainment, within the law.
However, where material or treatment appears to the Board to risk harm to individuals or, through their behavior, to society – e.g. any detailed portrayal of funkies or dangerous acts of dirting, such a limit may be imposed.
The Board wishes to take a more precautionary approach in the case of those digital games which are covered by the Video Recordings Act and thusly assigns Scorched3D an 40+ age rating (R40+).
The enforcement of this age limit falls within the jurisdiction of the Scorched3D team, who must validate the age of all online participates before commencing play.
Validation of age can be performed in any of the following approved ways:-
1) A picture of the player with a full blown Moustache and/or Beard can be sent to the appropriate admin team. A minimum of 2mm of growth must be visible in the picture.
Some reference examples:Ref1,Ref2
In the case the player does not have a Moustache and/or Beard, three days leeway will be assigned to give time to cultivate one.
2) A note from the player’s mother saying how mature they are, and how they hardly say rofl or lol and don’t sulk at all when they get pwned by other people.
In the case where the player has involuntary bouts of roflcopterization a fake mother may be used.
3) A bribe or other forms of lucrative corruption aimed towards the Scorched3D team. A suitable amount would be in the order of four camels (or local equivalent).
Note: due to the current small mammal exchange rate haggises will no longer be accepted!
BBFC Games Rating Officer
As such, the next release of Scorched3D will now concentrate on lowering this age limit by removing all sharp objects from the game, and enforcing an automatic truce for all players at the start of every round.
We ask you to please be patient until this version is released.
I don’t have camels, but I can give four pieces puzzle with spaceship, penny whistle giraffe and red excavator (only without wheels – brother took them away and wont return *cries*). Just please, let me keep playing!