Columnist: Australian Govt. Caving to Game Biz Pressure for R-rating

April 6, 2008 -

As GamePolitics has previously reported, elected officials in Australia are considering the addition of an R18+ rating for video games. Currently, any title that doesn't meet the content standard for Australia's MA15+ is effectively banned.

Writing in The Australian, columnist Ross Fitzgerald maintains that the move to an R18+ is being motivated by game industry lobbying:

The whisper is that... Attorney-General Robert McClelland (left) and his junior, Home Affairs Minister Bob Debus, have had a stream of lobbyists representing Nintendo and Microsoft in their ears about creating this new R-rating for violent video games.

Labor appears to be moving away from its stated policy of clamping down on violence as... members gang up on South Australia's hapless, evangelical Christian Attorney-General, Michael Atkinson, over his veto on a new R-rating for computer games.

 

I'm no supporter of Atkinson's deep social conservatism. I suspect that he rejects the R-rated computer game rating more for the sex in the R category than the violence... the rest of Australia's state and federal attorneys should hang their heads in shame for trying to foist a category of computer games on us that will contain mostly mind-numbing violence.

Comments

"# SomoneElse Says:
April 7th, 2008 at 2:37 am

I’m an Aussie 30 year old gamer.
I’d love an R rating.
Currently I just buy my games from Canadia if they’re banned and I really want them. I have no interest in Manhunt/Manhunt 2 and I really have no interest in an edited version of GTA4.
"
Try New Zealand. I read elsewhere that Aussies will be able to get the unedited version of GTA4 from there.

I personally would much rather have acess to an uncensored R-rated game than not to have access to it at all. It ridiculous that ADULTS can't even get their hands on a violent game. They always tell you when you are a kid that you can do what you want, watch what you want, and spend your money on what you want when you become an adult, but now here we are as ADULTS wanting to buy video games and are getting censored like 5-year-olds. Gimme a break!!

[...] Look on the bright side… at least we’re not as bat-shit crazy as Australia where anything that doesn’t fit into their “MA+15″ rating is banned from the country. That means anything that would be rated higher than “T for Teen” here. [...]

im 21 and i cant play r18+ games and its because its to easy for minors to get there hands on ma15+ games. little timmy whos 7 can walk into big w and buy a ma15+ game no questions asked and answer is simple. i work in a bottle-o and by law i cant sell alcohol to minors if i do i get find up to $5500 and can loss my job why cant there be the same laws on the selling of games? to any who hasn't played an online game go do it you will find 80% of the people you come across are over the age 18 its not just kids. why are we being age discriminated against?

another dam import how does AUS want to even grow in the gaming industry, seriously dont buy your dam kid the game, will you go buy your 12 year old son some hardcore teen sluts gone wild DVD?
 
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