Just a quick pointer to a post on Scottishgames.biz
(and handily mirrored on the group of the same name, here on 38Minutes...)
The Department of Culture, Media & Sport's consultation
into the Byron Report ends on the 20th of November.
They're looking for input on the current ratings system, both the mandatory side, which is overseen by the BBFC and the industry-driven, voluntary PEGI system.
Companies are already required to submit content for approval, but the recommendations from the report, say that any game likely to receive a rating over 12 would have to go for approval.
The costs, approval time and self-censorship associated with this process could have a major impact on the whole business of making games in Scotland & Northern Ireland, especially for the smaller companies focused on casual, online and mobile games...
That doesn't even take into account the impossibility of reviewing some of the new generation of games in any meaningful way. If you have a 'sandbox' type game, where content is generated dynamically, it could be practically impossible to get any sort of meaningful output from a classification process.
If you're involved in any way with the interactive world, take a read through the consultation document
and make your feelings known.