While Michael Atkinson can now be described as the ex-South Australian Attorney General, an Australian gamer has penned a column arguing that now is the perfect time to for gamers to act mature and make amends with the anti-game politician.
In a piece appearing in the videogame-themed Screen Play column that runs in the Brisbane Times, Leigh Martin of Darwin, Australia wrote that gamers and politicians have actually been on the same page all along, as both groups wished for “the careful regulation of content potentially harmful to minors.” He chalks up the basis of unrest between the two parties to “posturing and politicking.”
I say we get the peace pipe out immediately and collectively show once and for all what the Australian gaming community are truly made of.
This is not kicking somebody while they are down, showing who is the bigger man or even furthering one's own cause - this is something perhaps as small as ending things with a handshake.
He is an Australian politician who works hard for his electorate and his state - once again, to those who retort with snide remarks, try and come to terms with the fact that politics and games have crossed paths and understand the possibilities. We are adults who are passionate about something and we should be grateful we can talk about it with our elected representatives, unlike some other countries I could mention.
Martin, writes that the “eyes of a nation are on us now,” and claims that if this chance for solidarity is bungled, the perception of gaming could end up “somewhere worse than where it is presently.”
The author ends his piece by saying that he would like to play a game of Wii Sports with Atkinson.