The Man Behind Ban This Game Talks About Pushing Buttons

February 9, 2010 -

Conor O’Kane (pictured) is the developer of Ban This Game, which mocks the ongoing censorship in Australia, and in a recent interview with the Sydney Morning Herald he expressed some of his personal views on the state of gaming in Australia.

O’Kane is originally from Ireland, but has resided in Australia for eight years. In addition to creating his own games he teaches game development at RMIT University in Melbourne. O’Kane said he created Ban This Game to spread awareness of censorship in Australia and hoped that the humorous aspect of the game would make its players “more receptive to a serious message.”

O’Kane on the release of the Discussion Paper meant to stimulate conversation over the possibility of adding an R18+ videogame rating category in Australia:

…I'm not optimistic that it will lead to significant change. In order to introduce a change to the censorship legislation all Attorneys-General must be in agreement, and at present the South Australian Attorney-General, Michael Atkinson, is opposed to the change.
 

No amount of evidence or reason is going to change his mind, and so I believe the only solution to this problem is to remove him from office…

O’Kane was asked whether he thought Australian publishers and distributors were doing enough to campaign for change in the Classification system:

Until now I think campaigning has been largely pointless, as campaigning or media coverage is not going to change the mind of Mr Atkinson. However now that we have the Gamers4Croydon party running against Mr Atkinson, I think the Australian game developers and publishers should get behind this party and announce their support for them publicly.

O’Kane’s next game will be squarely aimed at a newly implemented law in homeland of Ireland, which states that anyone who “utters blasphemous matter” can be fined up to 100,000 Euros. He said, “If I can get fined for blasphemy for making the game then I think it will have been a success.”

O’Kane is not a stranger to activism; an older game of his called Harpooned, took on Japanese whaling “research.”


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Re: The Man Behind Ban This Game Talks About Pushing Buttons

I like this guy already. He will be a huge asset to the Gamers4Croydon group if he wants to join them.

 

 

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Re: The Man Behind Ban This Game Talks About Pushing Buttons

@ Magic:

 

The law says if you utter a blashemy you could be fined, thats if someone takes offense to what you saw and takes you to court.I think this law will only bite the government in the arse, especially when people start to sue, with films and televison shows such as Father Ted that's aired here, it can't really work. Another thing is that cults and businesses aren't protected by the law.

A few links for you.

 

http://blasphemy.ie/history-of-irish-blasphemy-law/

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/jan/01/irish-atheists-challenge-bla...

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/libertycentral/2009/jul/09/irela...

 

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/05/08/ireland_blashpemy/

 

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Re: The Man Behind Ban This Game Talks About Pushing Buttons

Whoops, I jumped the gun there - I thought the law was based on blasphemy in games (Such as, arguably, Dante's Inferno). Even then, that is still crazy. It doesn't seem surprising given Christianity's history in Ireland, but in a modern perspective it's neither prudent nor practical whatsoever, at least in a Western country.

Re: The Man Behind Ban This Game Talks About Pushing Buttons

It's not prudent or practical in any jurisdiction that isn't a Therocracy. Doesn't stop power mad fools from trying it.

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Re: The Man Behind Ban This Game Talks About Pushing Buttons

O’Kane’s next game will be squarely aimed at a newly implemented law in homeland of Ireland, which states that anyone who “utters blasphemous matter” can be fined up to 100,000 Euros
Wait, WHAT?

Has anyone got any more information on this?

Re: The Man Behind Ban This Game Talks About Pushing Buttons

Wow, Australia seems to be stuck in the digital dark ages. I'd never want to move there.

Re: The Man Behind Ban This Game Talks About Pushing Buttons

You should see our broadband infrastructure. I live in a city of approximately 60,000 people and ADSL2 services pretty much extend to only a few blocks near the exchange in the centre of town. Otherwise people at best have regular ADSL which has always been inconsistent anyway, in my experience.

Re: The Man Behind Ban This Game Talks About Pushing Buttons

Michael "I see fake people" Atkinson blaming him for being an Ireland terrorist hacker in 3... 2... 1...

I´m gonna check their games soon. People like him should talk more often to counter persons like Atkinson.

 

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Re: The Man Behind Ban This Game Talks About Pushing Buttons

The whole point of campaiging is to get the word out.....so its rarely pointless

 


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Re: The Man Behind Ban This Game Talks About Pushing Buttons

I really admire this guy's work. Harpooned was a fun game and helped get people talking. I hope he has success in getting some changes moving in Australia.

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