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Violent games: Rules for age verification not spelt out, say lawyers

Published on Mar 29, 2014 8:53 AM
Some young players say retailers do not verify their ages when they buy M18 video games such as Grand Theft Auto 5. -- PHOTO: ROCKSTAR GAMES

Many violent games are no child's play but many young kids are playing these games, citing the ease of buying them off the shelves.

This is due to a possible loophole in the Films Act. Although the law requires titles unsuitable for children to be labelled, the rules for age verification during purchase are not spelt out, lawyers said.

Take Grand Theft Auto 5, one of the hottest video games here. Launched in September last year, it carries an M18 rating, which means that the title is suitable for only those aged 18 and above as it contains scenes depicting players massacring random pedestrians and picking up prostitutes for sex, as well as scenes with full-frontal nudity, among other content.

Some young players say retailers do not verify their age when they buy such games over the counter, although the Media Development Authority (MDA) said it conducts regular checks on video game retailers.

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