A costumed protest scheduled to take place at the South Australian Parliament next week has been cancelled, according to its organizer.
As GamePolitics reported recently, Cosplay For a Cause was meant to draw attention to South Australian Attorney-General Michael Atkinson's ongoing efforts to block the establishment of an R18+ rating for games in the Australian market.
Retailer Gametraders, which was behind the event, said that a low expected turnout - likely due to the cosplay aspect - triggered the cancellation. The company expects to reschedule the rally without the requirement to suit up in costume. Gametraders exec Chad Polley said:
We have received an overwhelming amount of support from the public on our drive to have an R18+ rating introduced in Australia, especially with our latest drive. We have listened to our customers and to the numerous forum postings and have taken into account new ideas on how to get our message across.
For action to be taken on the discussion we need the support of the media to push awareness of the issue and put it on the political agenda. We will start with having our Managing Director present the petitions at Adelaide’s Parliament House, followed by a press conference.
GP: Better... With Aussie gamers working hard to get their government to take them seriously, a cosplay event seems rather ill-advised.