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COMPUTER GAMES TO INCLUDE RATINGS

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The computer-games industry will develop a voluntary ratings system to label the sex and violent content of about 2,000 new games that come to market each year.

The Software Publishers Association, the industry's principal trade group, said Tuesday it will work with four other computer software groups to develop ratings criteria and symbols. Ken Wasch, executive director of the association, said the group will also try to coordinate its ratings with those of video game makers.Labeled games could be on retailers' shelves by December, Wasch said in an interview. Under the plan, the industry won't rate some 5,000 computer games already in stores, Wasch said.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Toys R Us Inc. and Babbages Inc. have said they will only carry rated games.