Windows 8 will get grown-up games as Microsoft backtracks

Microsoft has decided to allow 18-rated mature games into the Windows Store after all.

Shield your eyes! Microsoft has decided to allow mature games into the Windows Store after all.

Grown-ups now get to decide for themselves whether they want to pollute their eyes, brains and other squidgy bits with whatever manner of smut and filth they desire from their Windows PC. Previously Microsoft announced it wouldn't sell any game with a 16+ PEGI rating in Europe or a Mature rating in the United States.

Games that are rated PEGI 18 for violence or other content unsuitable for delicate sensibilities will be sold on the Windows Store, the app store for Windows 8 computers and tablets.

Adult games on their way to the Windows 8 store include The Witcher and Grand Theft Auto IV, pictured above. 

Microsoft will prevent nippers from getting hold of games that could warp their tiny minds using Microsoft Family Safety, a feature that allows parents to monitor their younglings user account on your Windows 8 computer or tablet. Family Safety sends you a weekly review of your kid's PC use, allowing you to monitor them first rather than restricting their use right from the off. You can then set extra options for limiting what your little'uns can or can't do or how long they can do it for.

In the Windows Store, you can set a game rating level to make sure nippers can only download and play games that are appropriate to their age. Games rated higher can't be downloaded, so they'll have to borrow them off their mates in the playground on a floppy disk like we had to. 

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