It looks as though last year’s Mass Effect fiasco got the attention of government officials in Singapore.
The island nation announced today that it will launch a new two-tiered content rating system for video games, effective April 28th. As reported by Chinese news service Xinhua:
The new video games ratings include Mature 18 (M18) and Age Advisory. Both categories will carry rating stickers. M18 is a restricted category for persons 18 years old and above with retailers required to conduct an age check at the point of sales.
Age Advisory is suitable for persons 16 years old and above. It is an advisory category to assist consumers in making informed choices. While retailers need not conduct age checks at the point of sale, they are encouraged to exercise responsibility by not selling these games to those below 16 years of age.
Games which don’t fall into either of the rating categories will need no sticker. According to Xinhua, the new system has been under development for two years.