VR Games Could See PEGI Adjust Its Rating System
Virtual reality (VR) gaming is something which is set to massively changed the way games are experienced — for better or worse.
One concerning aspect of VR gaming is the effect of horror games, something which was brought up by Sony’s Worldwide Studio boss, Shuhei Yoshida, at Paris Games Week, where he said that their should be new ratings systems for games which could cause trauma.
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In Europe, this falls under the jurisdiction of the Pan European Game Information (PEGI), whose ratings appear in most trailers and on our game covers.
PEGI operations director, Dirk Bosmans, is in agreement with Yoshida about potentially needing a new ratings system for VR games, which have the inherent potential to be more damaging, but insists they will use the same system for now.
“PEGI should examine the coming wave of VR products using the current questionnaire, but reserve the right to reassess certain elements – more specifically the criteria around fear (currently rated PEGI 7) and horror (as in non-violent scary imagery, currently rated PEGI 12) – once a broader range of products hits the market in the coming period of time.”
Though the potential negative effects of VR have not yet been fully explored, its generally considered that the nature of VR means that things like jump scares and psychological horror may have an entirely more scarring effect on players in a setting which completely takes over their environment.