It still feels somewhat bizarre writing about a desktop OS here on Mobot, though Windows 8 has largely been developed with touchscreen tablets in mind. So there.
Where was I? Ah yes; as I was saying in the headline, the Windows 8 Marketplace is saying no to content inappropriate for under 18s. "Won't someone please think of the children?"
It was originally presumed that games would be exempt from Microsoft’s decision, but a spokesperson has confirmed to Kotaku that the ruling applies to all Windows 8 content.
Section 6.2 of the Windows App guidelines states: “Your app must not contain adult content, and metadata must be appropriate for everyone. Apps with a rating over PEGI 16, ESRB MATURE, or that contain content that would warrant such a rating, are not allowed.”
Kotaku notes that it won’t be such a problem in the US, where a “Mature” rating is incredibly rare, with only a tiny wee handful of exceptions (including Rockstar’s controversial Manhunt).
However, in good old Europe, the PEGI 18 rating is all the rage, with recent examples including Skyrim, The Witcher II, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, The Walking Dead, Sleeping Dogs, Mass Effect 3… the list goes on.
Of course, you’ll still be able to install those games on Windows 8, they simply won’t be available directly from the Windows 8 Marketplace.