BBFC Report on Games


BBFC LogoThe BBFC (British Board of Film Classification) have just published an extensive new report on video gaming.

The report, produced by Cragg Ross Dawson, looks at what players enjoy about games and explore preferences in UK gamers aged from seven through to players in their early 40s as well as parents of young games players, games industry representatives and games reviewers.

Many of the main findings while interesting are not entirely surprising (female games players tend to prefer ‘strategic life simulation’ games while male players favour first person shooters and sports games; people play to escape from everyday life; they enjoy the sense of achievement that games offer, and so forth).

What is more innovative and interesting is the argument that rather than games interactivity making the potential impact of games more potent the reverse is the case.

Speaking about the report, David Cooke, Director of the BBFC said:

The element of interactivity in games carries some weight when we are considering a video game. We were particularly interested to see that this research suggests that, far from having a potentially negative impact on the reaction of the player, the very fact that they have to interact with the game seems to keep them more firmly rooted in reality. People who do not play games raise concerns about their engrossing nature, assuming that players are also emotionally engrossed. This research suggests the opposite; a range of factors seems to make them less emotionally involving than film or television. The adversaries which players have to eliminate have no personality and so are not real and their destruction is therefore not real, regardless of how violent that destruction might be.

The report should be available on the BBFC web site shortly, but in the mean time you can download it here.


BBFC report is now available

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The BBFC report is now available on the BBFC web site.

It's not listed on the front page or in the news section but you can find it if you head over to the downloads page. To access the report directly, click here.

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