R18+ AU March March Draws 500+ Zombie Participants

A public demonstration against the lack of an R18+ rating in Australia, which featured marchers dressed as zombies, went off without a hitch—but with plenty of lurching—in Sydney over the weekend.

Rhys Wilson, head of the group Aus Gamers Limited which organized the protest, wrote on Facebook, “I want to thank each and every one of you guys for making yesterday easily one of the best days of my life. I haven’t heard any complaints from anyone, and I’m more than happy to do this again later in the year, assuming I’m not killed in a freak manure truck accident.”

IT Wire estimated the crowd of gathered ghouls at between 500 and 600 strong, easily surpassing a November 2009 similarly-themed march, which drew around 175 participants.

Australian gamers might be closer than ever to the introduction of an R18+ videogame rating following the resignation of South Australian Attorney General, and anti-game crusader, Michael Atkinson. His replacement, John Rau was called a “nice guy” and, more importantly, a supporter of R18+ by Gamers4Croydon President Chris Prior.  The addition of an R18+ rating category for games still requires a unanimous vote from all state, territory and federal Attorney Generals however.

Embedded video is from YouTube user psychaeus. A whole bunch of pictures from the event can be found in aceyspadey’s Photobucket account here.

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    hellfire7885 says:

    As glad as I am that they’re tryign to bring attention to the issue, a lot of people will assume gaming made them homeless or something, and some minds will not be changed no matter how hard you try.

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    jedidethfreak says:

    Again, you’d have gotten more attention with actual mature forms of protest.  Gamers4Croydon, for example, will have done far more than people dressing like zombies ever will.  Why?  Because it presented their case in the way that shows gamers as normal people.

    Or do you not realize that people think that gamers are just "zombies" playing their games?  These protesters did more to destroy what they were working for, much like PETA and extremist members of the Pro-Life movement here in the US.  Do they get their point across?  Oh, fuck yeah they do.  However, since they don’t do it in a way the normal person can relate to, the message just becomes a joke to society.

    You KILL Vampires. You don’t DATE them.

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    chadachada321 says:

    But those people will ALWAYS be looking down on gamers, Atkinson is the perfect example of this.

    What this does is get the average person that doesn’t know shit about games to notice that there is a LOT of support for R18+. Hopefully.

    -Optimum est pati quod emendare non possis-It is best to endure what you cannot change-

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    jedidethfreak says:

    The problem with this viewpoint is that it’s those "looking down on them" who’s minds need to be changed.  A message that falls on deaf ears to those who have the power to make the changes necessary is where the real wasted energy is.

    You KILL Vampires. You don’t DATE them.

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    TBoneTony says:

    I remember there were allot of protests trying to get their message across that we should not be involved with the Iraq war, but did the people who needed to listen ever listen at all?


    Protesting is useless if nobody really understands what it is. And dressing up is not going to make anything better.

    There was the discussion paper, and the petittions, THESE are the things worth taking note of…

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    jedidethfreak says:

    They got people to pay attention, yes, but how many of those people took their message seriously?  Think about it – the people in the GP story want to pass off that they’re mature and adult enough for mature and adult content in video games.  How do they do it?  By dressing up for Halloween.  I doubt anyone would look at them and say "here is the model of maturity.  Yes, I know I wasn’t really vocal beforehand, but these people have opened my eyes!  We DO need an M18+ game rating!"

    Protests are supposed to get people to pay attention AND to change people’s minds on the subject.  You can’t say you deserve mature content by being immature.

    You KILL Vampires. You don’t DATE them.

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    Chris Kimberley says:

    By dressing up they got people to pay attention.  That’s the goal of any protest.  To let people know about whatever issue it is you’re protesting for/against.  There will certainly be some who’ll say, "Oh you’re dressing up so you must be immature and stupid."  Personally, I think walking around holding signs and chanting is silly because it wont realistically make people pay attention.  So I’m more likely to ignore that kind of protest simply because the people involved don’t seem, to me, to have a good grasp on reality.

    This kind of thing is harder to ignore.


    Chris Kimberley

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    Stealthguy says:

    Because some gamers think people who do that make the rest of us look bad. Bullshit, but there you go. It’s a way to grab attention and goes to show how dedicated the ones protesting are. They don’t give a flying crap what people who are already looking down on them think. So long as they can get their message across it’s a job well done. Other gamers can feel embarresed about it but I see such thinking as waste of energy.

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    DorthLous says:

    Seriously guys. Some of you are advocating that the mass suffer for the few (last topic about this walk) or now that those participants should be denied equal rights because of… HOW THEY CHOSE TO DRESS UP? REALLY? I mean, if you think Crocs are hideous and anyone wearing them should not be allowed within 500 meters of another human being, would that be better? Or hanging pants? Guys with makeup? Cap on the side? Bling? Revealing clothes? Or clothes that hide too much? F***in crap, as long as they respect public decorum laws, I say let them wear what they want. If the protest is more or less succesful because of it, so be it, but why wish them hardship for it?

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    jedidethfreak says:

    People are complaining that, by dressing up, you are making it so the very people who need to take you seriously won’t do so.  Your KFC protest is a perfect example.

    You KILL Vampires. You don’t DATE them.

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    Chris Kimberley says:

    People dress up to protest all the time.  I don’t see anyone complaining about it here.  Of course the last one I heard about here featured "chicks" protesting nude at KFCs….


    Chris Kimberley

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    Zerodash says:

    If Austrailia ever gets an 18+ rating, they should have a special provision that everyone who participated in this idiocy be excluded from buying mature games, ever.  This is one of the most childish, immature things I have ever seen.  Why should anyone take "adult" gamers seriously?

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