In Europe, the debate over violent games has taken a new turn as European Union officials discuss the enactment of unified rules restricting the sale of violent games to minors.
An Associated Press story reports that EU Justice and Home Affairs Commissioner Franco Frattini met with Germany’s Interior Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble (left) and Justice Minister Brigitte Zypries on the issue.
Of the talks, Frattini said:
The protection of children cannot have borders… What we can do is to raise awareness about the sensitivity of the issue and also to increase and to encourage … measures to be taken in a practical way by police authorities, particularly about checking the identity of the minors…
Luxembourg’s Justice Minister Luc Frieden added:
Access to children should be cut off. We have to ban some games.
According to the AP report, Frattini is seeking a to implement a standardized content labelling system among the 27 EU member nations. Such labels would indicate age restrictions and parental warnings.
Germany, Britain, Greece, Finland, Spain and France are said to be backing Frattini’s efforts at an EU-wide games policy.