The British Board of Film Classification should need no introduction to British gamers, after
This was shortly followed by Dr Tanya Byron's government-commissioned
After granting Grand Theft Auto IV an 18 rating
Snake's final mission passed the board without any cuts and will be rated 15 due to "strong violence." In addition to the classification, the BBFC also inadvertently released some minor plot details due to what BBFC spokesperson Sue Clark said was a "computer glitch."
Clark told GameSpot that because the full decisions often contain minor plot spoilers, the "Extended Classification Information" shouldn't appear more than 10 days before the release of a game. According to the BBFC, a "computer glitch" resulted in the ECI for Metal Gear Solid 4 going up too early, and it was subsequently taken down and will be reposted closer to the game's UK release on June 12. Clark also pointed out that the ECI is primarily intended for parents, so that they can see what is in a game that they are considering to purchase for their children.
Meanwhile, the BBFC has also rated an unannounced THQ game, Viva Pinata: Pocket Paradise. The game has been given a U for Universal rating. Rare