Aussie R18+ Rally Planned

Brisbane, Australia is the site of a planned rally which hopes to show government authorities just how serious gamers Down Under are about receiving an R18+ videogame rating category.

The rally is planned for December 5th at 11:00 AM in King George Square. Treat Us Like Adults, a website/organization founded by game developer Ethan Watson, is behind the movement. Watson has a personal stake in the lack of an R18+ rating as he wants to “make games that, due to thematic content, would likely be refused classification in his home country.”

Watson also plans to give a speech at the event.

Given that a previously planned, and subsequently postponed, demonstration scheduled for Australia earlier this year was going to feature protestors dressed in cosplay, Watson felt the need to note, “Just keep in mind that if you want this rally to be taken seriously by the public at large, you should probably leave your zombie gear for the Zombie Walk or Supanova.”

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    Monte says:

     For the sake of aussie gamers, i hope this works out. If Queensland can make their own R18+, then that means any state can and they can bypass the federal level.

    And frankly i find it hilarious that Atkinson can see that if they pass this in one state they will not be able to keep the media out of the other states; when it comes down to it, anyone can just go to a Queensland get a game and go back. it’s only a matter of time before other states start following Queensland’s example, and then Atkinson’s state will be the only state without it, but it barely matters as people are crossing state borders to pick up the games anyway. He’s seeing his one-man strangle hold on video games slipping through his fingers…

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    TBoneTony says:


    Hope Queensland becomes the state of R18+ rating for computer games.

    Then Victoria and then the ACT because I know those two other Attorney Generals have been speaking on behalf of people who do want an R18+ rating for Computer Games.

    Plus Mr Atkinson should be thankful for Queensland, therefore any game that gets an R18+ rating for these states won’t have to be edited and sold in those other states like South Australia that unfortunately can’t have an R18+ rating.


    I had previously sent a mail to Vic AG Rob Hulls for an idea of Victoria going alone in the R18+ rating for Computer Games at state level but sadly I think he was a little slow to understand that and just waited for the discussion paper to be supported.

    So well done Queensland for trying to become the first Australian State to have an R18+ for computer games, although I am seriously hoping that my home state Victoria will adopt the same idea before the next state election that could also be next year.


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    count23 says:,queensland-takes-on-atkinson.aspx

    Why isn’t GP reporting on Queensland’s stance? Basically the QLD government is tabling a motion to authorize R18+ as a rating for Queensland only, this is being introduced by the QLD AG because he’s stick of Atkinson cock-blocking the vote at the SCAG on this issue.

    Atkinson’s response is on page three of those comments too, basically he’s confesed that if QLD gets an R18, they’d have to introduce it on a federal level or it’ll be as un regulated as people who import X rated material from Canberra.

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    TBoneTony says:

    I know how this guy feels.

    I know myself that I want to make some games based on Japanese Dating Sims one day, but I will be stuck if the Classification Board in the future bans my game all because of "Rewarding nudity for incentives" interpretation.

    If there was an R18+ rating for computer/video games, this sort of thing would not have to happen.

    Sadly I don’t think the most important person in this debate would ever listen to us gamers. He is a stubburn stuck up parent who can’t even parent his own kids and tries to put in laws so he does not have to parent.

    Sorry for that, but just hearing his excuses is just one of those things that make me think that this is the way some politicians are, they are too busy to even parent their own children.


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    Bigman-K says:

    My pessimistic side says this isn’t really going to do much to get an R18 rating for games in Australia.

     "No law means no law" – Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black on the First Amendment

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    Monte says:

     I’m just worried about how many will actually show up… i don’t have much faith in the gaming community getting off their collective asses to go to a rally. I hope the group behind this has atleast managed to confirm a good number of people who will definitely be there… cause seriously, if only a small handful of people show up, it will just making them look foolish and make it LOOK like there ISN’T a large number of people who want an R18+ rating.

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    DarkSaber says:

    Win what? This is a protest rally by a completely different group in a completely different area of Australia from G4C and their attorney election campaign.


    I LIKE the fence. I get 2 groups to laugh at then.

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    sharpshooterbabe says:

    I hope they win it. This will be interesting to see what happens. If they win it, I hope other nations will catch on & do the same thing.



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