A new age rating initiative aimed at the gaming market is launched.
By 2000, the computer games industry was worth an estimated £125 million a year in Ireland. But unlike video rentals and cinema releases, these games were generally exempt from classification and certification by the Film Censor. In November 2000, Justice Minister John O'Donoghue launched a new age rating initiative to help parents choose suitable games for their children, many of which featured violence, sex and strong language.
Simon Mansfield of Gamezone shows RTÉ News Grand Theft Auto, a game about stealing cars and killing people, and Resident Evil 2, where the player gets to kill zombies. While the new age rating system is clearer than the basic system in place, there is no legal obligation for distributors to display ratings on game packaging.
An RTÉ News report from 6 November 2000. The reporter is Sharon Ní Bheoláin.