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Microsoft to block 18-rated games from appearing on the Windows 8 Marketplace

More controversial move surrounding Windows 8 emerge.

Microsoft has published guidelines stating that any games that receive an 18-rating will not be made available on the Windows 8 Marketplace.

The new PC operating system has already courted a lot of controversy with what is perceived as a very closed certification process required for software to officially support Windows 8 which has attracted the ire of major PC developers from Blizzard to Valve to Minecraft creator Markus Persson.

Part of the guidelines stressed, "Your app must not contain adult content, and metadata must be appropriate for everyone. Your app must not contain content or functionality that encourages, facilitates, or glamorizes illegal activity. Your app must not contain content that encourages, facilitates or glamorizes excessive or irresponsible use of alcohol or tobacco products, drugs or weapons. Your app must not contain excessive or gratuitous profanity."

This will mean Microsoft will ban anything receiving a PEGI 18 rating which includes the likes of the Assassin's Creed series, every Call Of Duty title since Modern Warfare 2, Skyrim, Deus Ex: Human Revolution and The Walking Dead (the Telltale Games series) from appearing on the online store to be included in Windows 8.

Thanks Develop Online.

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