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Microsoft executive Neil Thompson has voiced concerns recently that the proposed changes to the UK ratings systems put forward in the Byron report may end up making computer games in the UK more expensive.

"We're in the business of providing great games to a broad audience of gamers, and we need to be able to fulfill that role by getting products to consumers quickly and at a good price," he told GI.biz.

"We're concerned with any measures that would mean this process is made more unwieldy, or incurs additional costs which have to be shared with the consumer."

Although Dr Byron suggested in her government commissioned report that games should adopt a new rating system where any game rated 12+ by the opt-in PEGI standard should be re-rated by the governmental body the BBFC, Microsoft is cautious about such a change. At the moment only games rated as 15+ are examined by the BBFC.

"We want a steady stream of product to consumers via retail and therefore support PEGI as the single ratings system in the UK," said Thompson. "That way, we're able to ensure the right content goes to the right audience, as efficiently as possible."

The comment comes shortly after EA;s Keith Ramsdale voice similar worries that the proposed system could slow down UK releases.
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post #2 of 13
Because the UK doesn't already overpay for games.

Seriously, this is just lame. Even though I don't live in the UK, or ever plan to.
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great... Things are already expensive as it is... /sarcasm
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*Insert manufactuer's cries about piracy*
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Isn't it, what $40 (british currancy) or $80 US dollars for a game?

All I can say is, Hello piracy!

Seriously are they trying to encourage pirating?

When will they learn, dropping the price is one of the best ways to discourage pirating/

For that price, they had better be pretty darn good games!
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Excuses
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And thus' a pirate is born.
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***, im gna start importing games.

Seriously, this is ridiculious

I just payed £15 for ArmA in a SALE!. This is a fairly old game. Im talking to my friends in America who can get it for like $15-20!

Its such a joke. There expensive already. Can you blame for for importing games from Thailand for half the price? (Half Life series + CS:S = £20, BF2142 = £20)
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This is why I buy games where I can on STEAM.

STEAM Prices FTW.
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Let's make one thing clear: the consumer dosen't have to absorb the costs, the game developers make them so they can keep their huge profit margins.
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