Perhaps it was only a matter of time, but concern over the effects of violent video games upon people has spread outwards from the United States to the rest of the world. The latest country to plan on addressing the issue in some way is Poland, in which the government is proposing laws that will make video game producers include consumer warnings on the product?s suitability for children, should they wish to sell them in Poland.
Poland and other European countries already have a system for labeling content in games, called PEGI, or Pan-European Game Information. Although many publishers voluntarily label their products under the system, such a law in Poland would make labeling the games mandatory, with possible penalties for those who either refuse to label their games or label them improperly. The Polish government plans on discussing the draft legislation with publishers and retailers before formally putting before the parliament.