Atkinson on Violent Games: You Don’t Need to Impale People

December 10, 2009 -

In light of Australia’s refusal to classify Sega’s PC game Aliens vs. Predator, the country’s ABC News outlet ran a short video piece on the controversy with comments from everyone’s favorite Attorney General, Michael Atkinson.

The report quickly covers the Aliens vs. Predator story, noting that the game’s developer, Rebellion, will not edit the game in order to appease censors.

Gary Farrow, cast as a typical gamer, was asked about the  lack of an R18+ rating in Australia. The 42-year old offered, “We’re talking about just labeling content, so we have a fairly educated idea as to what to expect [from a game].

Atkinson’s comments on calls for an adult videogame rating:

This is a question of a small number of very zealous gamers trying to impose their will on society. And I think harm society. It’s the public interest versus the small vested interest.

Atkinson on violence in games:

I accept that 98%, 99% of gamers will tell the difference between fantasy and reality, but the 1% to 2% could go on to be motivated by these games to commit horrible acts of violence.

You don’t need to be playing a game in which you impale, decapitate and dismember people.

Australia’s Interactive Games and Entertainment Association (IGEA) CEO Ron Curry was also interviewed in order to counter some of Atkinson’s remarks. He stated:

It doesn’t seem democratic that a single attorney general should be able to dictate what the vast Australian population can interact with.

The government trusts us to be adults with films, but they only want us to be children with games.

Thanks Ryan!


Comments

Re: Atkinson on Violent Games: You Don’t Need to Impale ...

I seem to recall doing some calculations, assuming that certain school shootings were in fact caused by violent video games (bullshit, I know).  The final number came out to be something around 0.000001%, if memory serves.

Re: Atkinson on Violent Games: You Don’t Need to Impale ...

Ugh.. Old people.

 

Re: Atkinson on Violent Games: You Don’t Need to Impale ...

'We must control the many to defend against the possible risk of the few!'

Or, to quote Frank Zappa:

"Yes, my music could cause someone to go on a killing spree, but then, so could the colour of my tie, or my moustache", the whole thing about crazy people is that they are crazy...

 

My favourite line was:

"This is a question of a small number of very zealous gamers trying to impose their will on society."

Nice try at a turnaround there, but I think it doesn't take a massive IQ to spot a Pot/Kettle interface.

Re: Atkinson on Violent Games: You Don’t Need to Impale ...

Pot to Kettle interface... I like that, mind if I use it?

Hunting the shadows of the troubled dreams.

Hunting the shadows of the troubled dreams.

Re: Atkinson on Violent Games: You Don’t Need to Impale ...

No problem :)

 
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