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Petition: NGO asks government to set up censor board for “violent” games, approaches Delhi HC

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The petition contended that children were becoming addicted to such games and that parents were left with little supervisory power due to the migration to online classes.  Distress Management Collective, a New Delhi-based NGO, has asked the government to set up a censor board for real money gaming and violent games. After this, it filed a petition praying for the Delhi High Court to instruct the government to implement the demand. DMC wants the government to "constitute a regulatory body with experts who can trace games that are violent in nature or where money is extracted for playing," which would "suggest changes to the developers of violent games and should also be given the mandate to give age ratings for each game." MediaNama has reviewed a copy of the petition. It's worth noting here that arguably the biggest major mobile game marketplace operating in India, the Google Play Store, already obtains age ratings from the International Age Ratings Coalition. Major game marketplaces already show age ratings. Why this would be a censor board instead: Even the Central Board of Film Certification only "suggests" changes. However, the CBFC is justly known as the censor board because, without compliance with its suggested cuts, films cannot release in theatres. A "regulatory body" set up by the government cannot function if it does not have the power to regulate, which in this case translates directly to censorship of games ("suggest changes to the developers") when the need for doing so is felt. Anything less…

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