South Australian Attorney General Michael Atkinson has acknowledged his possible videogame developer opponent in the 2010 state elections.
As reported previously, David Doe and his Gamers4Croydon party hope to topple Atkinson. The main purpose of Doe's party is to introduce an R18+ classification for games, which Atkinson strenuously objects to. According to a News.com update, Doe is well on his way to gathering enough signatures to register his party, with over 75 signees. He needs 150 to make the party official.
Atkinson said he “welcomed” Doe’s challenge, adding:
The voters of Croydon will now be asked directly whether they want interactive games in which gamers score points by raping a mother and daughter, blowing themselves up, torturing human figures . . . killing people and taking drugs to improve their sporting prowess.
As a sidebar, a poll embedded in with the story on the paper’s website asks “Should there be an R18+ classification for video games?” 83% of the over 2200 respondents chose “yes” an answer at the time this was written.
The story also notes that Atkinson, who has held his seat for 20 years, received 67.1 percent of the first-preference votes in the 2006 state election.