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Windows Store "begins accepting" 18-rated games
Posted: 14.12.2012 15:52 by Simon Priest Comments: 17
Microsoft has just remembered big kids - even adults - play games on PC too, and have lifted their completely silly ban on 18-rated titles from their Windows Store. Welcome to the real world.

Microsoft have stated they're "expanding our commitment to Windows Store games", as they add support for PEGI 18 titles. Upcoming 'big boy' games are GTA IV and The Witcher 2.

It was back in October that Microsoft declared all 18-rated releases as unwelcome, saying that Windows Store apps "must not contain adult content". What a bunch of squares.

"Windows has long been a favorite platform for games of all types, and age rating support for PEGI 18 is another step forward in a rich tradition of supporting gaming on Windows," blogged Microsoft.

"In welcoming PEGI 18 games into the Store, we again reinforce two principles - flexibility and confidence - fundamental to the Windows Store. We recognize that people have come to expect and appreciate rich gaming experiences on Windows and this includes games rated PEGI 18."

They're quick to add that their Microsoft Family Safety feature is integrated with Windows Store so parents can lock their young, doe-eyed darlings away from the big bad world of gaming.

"We’re excited to be partnering with game publishers to bring great desktop game titles to Windows 8 - including The Witcher, by CD Projekt, and Grand Theft Auto IV, by Take Two - with more games coming soon."

It's out of touch policies like these that make Microsoft a laughing stock, and completely impotent in tackling the likes of rival digital platforms like Valve's Steam, or even EA's Origin. Thankfully they're back to making sense again.
Source: Eurogamer

Comments

By SirRoderick (SI Elite) on Dec 14, 2012
SirRoderick
Looks like someone realised most of their customers are in fact over 18 -_-
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Dec 14, 2012
herodotus
*kaching*
"How did we miss that one, Bill?"
By SiyaenSokol (SI Elite) on Dec 15, 2012
SiyaenSokol
I don't get why Microsoft did this in the first place. Gamers want violent games, and the most consumers are in fact adults.
By Jasca_Ducato (SI Core) on Dec 15, 2012
Jasca_Ducato
I suspect their idea of "adult" (read: nekidness) and the rest of humanity's idea of "adult" (read: violent games) might have been to root of the issue. The problem stems form the fact they,mfor some reason, chose to lump the two together...
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Dec 15, 2012
herodotus
Well with the absolutely horrific events at the elementary school yesterday in the U.S., it might be a sticking point again.
By SiyaenSokol (SI Elite) on Dec 16, 2012
SiyaenSokol
That was quite a tragic story. Still wondering why a 20 year old would do something like that... I think that he was angry with his mother or something in that line.

We all know by now that games don't create monsters, (not speaking about gaming monsters). It is what happens at home, and at schools.
By lichlord (SI Core) on Dec 16, 2012
lichlord
i can speak for that one what SiyeanSokol said actually its these "violant games" that kinda helped me press some of my anger away while its people whos forcing my hand into bitterness...
By JonahFalcon (SI Elite) on Dec 16, 2012
JonahFalcon
It has more to do with the EU rating system with its allowing games that would be 18+ that would be normally rated AO in the US.
By SirRoderick (SI Elite) on Dec 16, 2012
SirRoderick
So microsoft can't regionalise it's stores then? Silly excuse if you ask me.
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Dec 16, 2012
herodotus
They regionalise their pricing though - Red Zone here:)
By nocutius (SI Elite) on Dec 17, 2012
nocutius
I didn't know Tiberium problems were so bad over there. How are you guys even alive?
By SirRoderick (SI Elite) on Dec 17, 2012
SirRoderick
Well at least that would explain the size of the spiders eh? ^^
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Dec 17, 2012
herodotus
Well it would explain the size of our...spiders, yes.
By lichlord (SI Core) on Dec 17, 2012
lichlord
spiders... them eight legged hairy things... they at least keep the musquitos out...
By SirRoderick (SI Elite) on Dec 17, 2012
SirRoderick
Australian spiders don't eat mosquitoes, they eat the tender flesh of human feet...also babies
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Dec 17, 2012
herodotus
By SirRoderick (SI Elite) on Dec 17, 2012
SirRoderick
Hey, we're the ones that shot and stabbed everything even slightly offensive so that we could walk through the lawn without steel tipped boots. Not our fault you southerners are too lazy to get cracking on that ;)