Among gamers, the British Board of Film Classification is best known for issuing a controversial ban on Manhunt 2 last summer.
In the wake of the Byron Review, however, the organization’s game rating future is up in the air as the UK video game industry has expressed a preference for using the PEGI rating system. With that backdrop, Spong takes a look at the BBFC and how games get rated there. Press officer Sue Clark told Spong:
[Examiners] have to be good at playing games. There are no ‘formal’ qualifications… but you do have to have a good level of education and a good grasp of English as you are required to produce well argued written reports… Most games are played by at least two examiners and if necessary several may play the game.
Clark said that the average BBFC examiner is in his or her mid-thirties. Of the 32 employed, 19 are men and 13 are women. They are well-paid, earning from £33.950 to £45,758 [US $66,036 – $89,003].
You also have to have an interest in film because games examiners don’t just classify games. It also helps if you have an understanding of child development because the majority of the works classified are for people under the age of 18.