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…