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As the UK moves to adopt the PEGI system as a sole means for rating videogames, the [URL=http://www.videostandards.org.uk/]Video Standards Council (VSC)[/URL], which will [URL=http://www.gamepolitics.com/2009/06/16/video-standards-council-play-enforcer-role-new-uk-game-ratings-scheme]enforce and assign actual ratings[/URL], has added additional personnel to its ranks.

One new addition to the VSC is an Expert Advisory Panel [URL=http://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/vsc-restructures-ahead-of-videogame-responsibilities]reports GamesIndustry.biz[/URL], which will feature media violence expert Guy Cumberbatch, author Geoffrey Robertson and [URL=http://www.gamepolitics.com/category/topics/tanya-byron]Dr. Tanya Byron[/URL] (pictured), author of the Byron Report.

VSC Chair Baroness Shephard commented:

[INDENT]The newly established VSC Expert Advisory Panel will play a key role. The VSC will have the ability to effectively 'ban' a videogame from supply in the UK if it infringes the limits set out in the law. Any such decision will not be taken lightly and will involve a number of legal, clinical and psychological issues.

[/INDENT]A trio of board members was also added to the VSC, ex-Chief Constable Tony Lake, retired Director of the Family and Parenting Institute Mary MacLeod and Chris Atkinson of the National Socitey for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children.


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