The Video Standards Council (VSC) is the UK games censor in waiting. They have commented on a move by the online games distributor to allow Australian’s to evade the state censorship of Witcher 2.
The VSC said GOG.com’s recent decision to ditch location controls is symptomatic of global trends and speculated that all entertainment media could eventually shift toward an advisory rather than a legally-based system.
It seems inevitable that such systems will have an impact on the way national regulators control online content though the more authoritarian regimes won’t have any qualms about shutting down a site if they deem it necessary, the VSC told Edge.
However, the more benign censorship/ratings organisations will probably move away from the mandatory model and replace it with an advisory systems which puts the onus on consumers to make informed buying decisions through the provision of detailed consumer information.
THe VSC added, though, that it doesn’t believe regional ratings body are in danger of becoming irrelevant: We believe the public tends to trust the judgement and advice of the more independent, established and respected ratings organisations and will continue to do so.