The nanny mentality that is permeating the world really annoys me and now it looks like it is about to infest the most popular operating system on the planet.
According to section 6.2 of the Windows app guidelines
…apps with a rating over or PEGI 16, ESRB MATURE, or a corresponding rating under other ratings systems …are not allowed.
Now this doesn’t mean that games can’t be installed and played on the operating system but what it does mean is that they cannot be purchased via the new Windows Store, won’t be able to access a lot of Windows 8 built in functionality and you won’t be able to set them up on the Windows 8 start screen which is the core of the new Windows 8.
On one side the Americans don’t really care as most games top out at Mature on the ESRB system but for the Europeans it’s a big issue.. take a look at this list of games that would be blocked
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
The Witcher II
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
Max Payne 3
The Walking Dead
Mass Effect 2
Mass Effect 3
Spec Ops: The Line
Fallout: New Vegas
Assassin’s Creed: Revelations
There is no logic for this, I don’t want a corporation to tell me what I can and can’t play. I’d like to say this is the end for me and Windows but it’s not like iOS is any less ridiculous when it comes to age restrictions and online stores.
Last Updated: October 11, 2012