F*ck Yeah! Windows Store Will Sell Mature Games
The Microsoft Windows store has had rated M games in something of a limbo lately, due to a mix-up between the American ESRB and the European PEGI systems. The ESRB makes a distinction between games rated ‘Mature’ (violent, sexy), and those rated ‘Adult’ (generally, straight up porn). Unfortunately, the PEGI system just has PEGI 18, which includes both porn games and regular old violent and sexy ones. As a result, windows simply banned all games that would have qualified for the PEGI 18 rating, which means anything from Skyrim to Modern Warfare 3. Ooops.
Microsoft has finally decided to do something about this. Very soon the Windows store will allow games that qualify as Pegi 18 to be sold, if they would fall within the ERSB’s Mature category stateside. This change will take some time, so it won’t be available with the launch of Windows 8. But it’s coming. “This is to give developers a heads up that that’s where we’re going,” Said indows Corporate VP of Web Services Antoine Leblond. “So they can have the peace of mind around developing the kinds of games that will have those ratings.”
So there you go: Soon enough, you’ll be able to make big boy purchases through the Windows store like a real grown up.