In Australian Govt., One Guy is Blocking Badly-needed R18+ Rating

October 30, 2008 -

With a number of high-profile games facing bans or near-bans, gamers in Australia are literally begging for the addition of an R18+ classification.

But, as The Age reports, one guy is screwing it up for everyone.

GamePolitics has reported in the past on the anti-game antics of Michael Atkinson, the South Australian Attorney General. The Age has the latest:

Censorship ministers in March agreed "in principle" to canvas public opinion on the proposed introduction of a R18+ classification for games and release a discussion paper on the issue, but Mr Atkinson has refused to agree to make the report public, effectively shelving it...

"Games may pose a far greater problem than other media - particularly films - because their interactive nature could exacerbate their impact," Mr Atkinson said. "The risk of interactivity on players of computer games with highly violent content is increased aggressive behaviour."

Australia is the only developed country without an R18+ classification for games... Ron Curry, CEO of the Interactive Entertainment Association of Australia, [said] "You could be forgiven for taking a view that the South Australian Attorney-General has now actively censored the debate on censorship. What's next?"

GP: It's amazing that one guy can stand in the way of a nation of gamers.

Big thanks to: GP reader Jarrod from Australia for the tip!

And did we mention that... The Australian government is moving toward implementation of mandatory Internet censorship? Just like China!

Now that's progress...


Comments

Re: In Australian Govt., One Guy is Blocking Badly-needed R18+

Here you go.

Findings:

-Games provide a sense of acheivement, unlike passive mediums like television.

-Active participation decreases the tendency to "forget" your experiencing a fantasy vs. non-interactive visual mediums.

-Gamers find violence in television and movies more upsetting than violence in games.

 

Andrew Eisen

Re: In Australian Govt., One Guy is Blocking Badly-needed R18+

thank you

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Re: In Australian Govt., One Guy is Blocking Badly-needed R18+

Thats a great study.

Thanks for the link!

Re: In Australian Govt., One Guy is Blocking Badly-needed R18+

Why doesn't anybody get rid of him?  He obviously doesn't represent the people of Australia.

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Re: In Australian Govt., One Guy is Blocking Badly-needed R18+

 We see this censorship in Asia, Australia, and Europe. Can a U.S. censorship be far behind? We've passed unconstitutional, anti-amendment-one laws before...

Re: In Australian Govt., One Guy is Blocking Badly-needed R18+

 If no one does anything, then sure, US censorship could be on it's way. It's really just a question of how far can government push it's power without anyone really pushing back.

Re: In Australian Govt., One Guy is Blocking Badly-needed R18+

Hopefully if it ever does come to that (heaven forbid), I think the people in the States would be very, very vocal about it, hopefully.

Re: In Australian Govt., One Guy is Blocking Badly-needed R18+

We've already got the FCC, which dictates what you can and can't do/say on tv or radio.

Re: In Australian Govt., One Guy is Blocking Badly-needed R18+

The FCC is limited (though there is a push on extending its power) but basically it only has power for things that can be accessed freely (ie the radio air waves and tv air waves).  Cable isn't restrained by this, though the push for ala carte may send it that direction.  Plus, the courts have been pushing back against some of the more stupid FCC censor stuff (the fleeting explitives for instance).

 

Foaming at the mouth

Foaming at the mouth

Re: In Australian Govt., One Guy is Blocking Badly-needed R18+

He is likely damn proud of this too.

 
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