As reported by GameZebo, UK parents may be able to rest a little easier tonight as PEGI has released an iPhone app of their own. PEGI, the Pan European Game Information group specializes in game ratings and the new app is no different. The app allows parents to search for games based on age and console which ultimately allows them to make an informed decision about the video games that are best for their children.
Michael Rawlinson, director-general of the Entertainment and Leisure Software Publishers Association says “We fully support the PEGI classification system for the videogames industry and are delighted that this app has launched in the UK. We encourage every parent with an iPod, iPhone or an iPad todownloadthis free app as soon as possible and ensure that their children are gaming safely.”
The ESRB (the North American ratings board) released a similar app earlier this year. Both companies’ apps are available for free to download.
As GameZebo point out, it is a bit ironic that these two apps exist on a video game platform that does not actually have any sort of rating system itself. Apple does have its own internal system, but many believe that there should be an independent group that reviews the games as well.
Still, it’s nice to see new ways that make the information from the ratings boards easier to find.