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Singapore to start video games classification system in 2008


BFC announces interim measure to allow highly-anticipated video games into Singapore
The Board of Film Censors (BFC) will be launching a video games classification system next year to provide more choice for adults while protecting the young.
In the interim period, the BFC has decided to selectively use games rating to enable highly anticipated games to be launched in Singapore.
This will allow such games to enter the market with immediacy and give the industry and members of the public a better understanding of the benefits of the proposed games classification system.
One such example is "Mass Effect" which is expected to be launched next week. The BFC reviewed “Mass Effect” and is pleased to rate it M18 for release, ahead of implementation of the full rating system.
About the Media Development Authority of Singapore (MDA)
The Media Development Authority of Singapore (MDA) was formed on 1 January 2003 to champion Media 21, a blueprint to transform Singapore into a global media city. Media 21 seeks to create a vibrant media environment by establishing Singapore as a media exchange, exporting Made-by-Singapore content, internationalising local media companies, nurturing local media talent and developing digital media.
MDA also performs a regulatory function in managing content to protect core values and safeguard consumer interests. The Board of Film Censors, which is responsible for the approval of films, videos and video games, is part of the MDA. More information on MDA can be found on

Source: News Release 16 Nov 2007

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