On Friday GamePolitics reported on an incredibly clueless TV performance by a panel of Australian politicians and media types.
For example, while bashing video games at length, the panel members did not even seem to realize that Australia has a rating system for games in place.
Their ill-informed rhetoric came in response to an audience question about game censorship and Australia’s proposed R18 rating. As it turns out, the guy wearing the Fallout 3 t-shirt who asked the question (left) is an editor with Aussie site GameArena. "Joaby" describes the experience:
As you can see, what happened was far from a serious discussion on the merits of an R Rating for video games and government censorship. Instead, at large, the panelists were led into a discussion of violent video games and, due to archaic views of the average gamer, the discussion primarily devolved into the same "protect the children" commentary the public has heard for years.
Fortunately, what occurred on the show only served to highlight the exact issue at hand… Due to the format of the show it was nigh on impossible for me to refute even the more ludicrous and fantastic claims (Avatar: the rape game by Barnaby Joyce was particularly hard to keep quiet about) meaning the show simply continued to propagate the same antiquated idea already present in the general media about video games.
GP: Check out Friday’s story if you missed the video. It’s a classic. We’ve also created a helpful transcript to go along with the video…