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Dr Byron calls for new online-focused report

Dr Byron calls for new online-focused report

Dr Tanya Byron is calling for a new government report to examine online and casual games.

Dr Tanya Byron, the lady behind the remarkably sensible Byron Report that was commissioned by the UK government in 2008 and which examined the games industry and how it is regulated, has called for a new report to be run looking at casual and online games.

The call comes as part of the progress review on the 2008 Byron Report and, according to Byron, should be as independent as possible. The specific goal of the proposed study would be to consider the value and content of a code of conduct specifically for online and casual games.

It is important that families have up-to-date advice about new ways to engage in gaming,” she stated, according to MCV. “All UK mobile phone networks offer a level of filtering which can be activated when the phone is purchased or later by phoning customer services.

However, it is questionable whether parents are aware of this and take advantage of it. And if a child accesses the internet using wi-fi they by-pass any filtering which may be switched on at a network level.

I recommend that the UKCCIS executive board commission the video games working group to examine and report back by September 2010 on whether a code of conduct supported by independent review for online and casual gaming is needed.

The full progress report is available to read online. The main conclusion of the original Byron Review was that the games industry should be regulated in similar ways to films, using the BBFC rather than the PEGI rating system, and that new guideline on advertising and content for young players should be issued.

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mi1ez 31st March 2010, 11:15 Quote
Can this woman not just start a family or something and leave us alone?
theflatworm 31st March 2010, 11:32 Quote
I really don't see a problem with the BBFC rating games...
Digi 31st March 2010, 11:54 Quote
When is she going to do a spread in FHM? Come on!
cjoyce1980 31st March 2010, 12:45 Quote
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Originally Posted by Digi
When is she going to do a spread in FHM? Come on!

ewwww!
eddtox 31st March 2010, 13:16 Quote
Tell you what I would like to see: Realistic bandwith caps and speed figures from ISP's: There's no point selling me 20meg broadband with unlimited downloads if I can only get 8. and they throttle it to 1 if I use it for more than a minute. I would like to see figures reflecting how much data I would reallistically be able to send/receive if I had the connection going all month.

Eg: a 20mbps connection
20mbps * 60=1200mb per minute
1200mbpm * 60=72000mb per hour
72000mbph * 24=1,728,000mb per day
1,728,000mbpd * 28=43,384,000mb per month

So, that is around 5 tebibytes per month. If you cannot download that amount (whether due to lower speeds or 'fair use policies') then you're getting fleeced.

I understand that sometimes, because of the infrastructure in your area, you might only be able to get 10 megabytes or 8 or whatever, but if it's 'unlimited' then you should be able to run it 24/7 at whatever your maximum speed is. If they throttle it, then it's not unlimited. If they put a 100gb fair use cap on it, then it's not unlimited.

Sorry for the off topic rant, but if any industry code of practuce is to be discussed, then this should be one of the first points on the agenda.
The Infamous Mr D 31st March 2010, 14:40 Quote
I don't really care what she says, she's delightful to look at!

But she has a point, casual downloadable Java games for mobile handsets and Flash games like those available on Facebook aren't regulated in any way aside from the hosting companies (impartial and making fat cash off the back of the very successful games), and they are making some serious business for the companies involved. I'm not suggesting their content needs regulating, but you have to treat triple-A developers and publishers the same as the developers and publishers of their casual counterparts.
BLC 31st March 2010, 15:49 Quote
I just like seeing my own name in news reports :D
Furymouse 31st March 2010, 17:58 Quote
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Originally Posted by BLC
I just like seeing my own name in news reports :D

Your names Dr? :|
xaser04 31st March 2010, 18:45 Quote
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Originally Posted by The Infamous Mr D
I don't really care what she says, she's delightful to look at!

Are we seeing a different picture or something ?:|
BLC 31st March 2010, 18:48 Quote
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Originally Posted by Furymouse
Your names Dr? :|

Smartass :p
Denis_iii 8th April 2010, 11:34 Quote
can't she just put on a tweed jacket and go smoke pot in the uni basement like other professors
person64 1st August 2011, 15:33 Quote
Hey,

It would seem that some of you are total idiots who can only reply to this post in the attempt to be dismiss her report, just because you don't have a clue about the importance of not allowing children to grow up so they can make comments like you lot...or that games and social networking doesnt help you interact with others in the real world.

I love games but the whole point of life isn't to live in them and forget the real world.

Those people who made sexist comments...you just look like you jealous of the fact this person is doing something important and you dont have the intelligence to make constructive comments.

Looks like the Byron report has come to late because most of you are stupid as hell.

Kind regards

P.s if you reply to this with nasty comments about my post...I rest my case, you are numpties.
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