AU Gamer: Time to Make Peace with Atkinson

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.”

Martin continues:

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.

On Atkinson:

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.

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    TK n Happy Ness says:

    And while we’re at it, us North American gamers might as well make peace with Jack Thompson. In either case, it ain’t happening. Atkinson because he’s been a thorn in the side of Australian gamers, and Jacky boy being a thorn in the side of everyone.

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    hellfire7885 says:

    This can go a few ways. Two I can think of…

    He admits he was wrong and does agree to try to put it i nthe past, least likely.

    He spits in their faces and tells them to make peace with the victims of violence and menta trauma caused by their hobby, more likely.

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    Ryno says:

    Some people seem to be confusing making peace with being chummy with the guy. You don’t to like the guy to make peace with him. The author’s just asking that people behave civilly to him and act like mature adults. So no more mudslinging or name calling. That way if does any of that we can point to him and laugh at his immature, unprovoked attacks. Maybe then people will see him for the douche he seems to be.


    Saying that Jack Thompson is impotent is an insult to impotent men everywhere. They’ve got a whole assortment of drugs that can cure their condition; Jack, however…

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    Teh_Pwnerer says:

    I would shake his hand, on camera if possible. Then I’d say "Good Game," because while he had a misguided, ignorant and foolish opinion, one should still act sportsmanlike and graciously accept victory.

    Democracy= Two wolves and a sheep deciding what’s for lunch Democratic Republic= Two wolves and a sheep deciding whats for lunch, but the sheep has a gun and protests the vote.

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    Zerodash says:

    NO.  Atkinson, by virtue of his positions, actions, and statements has proven to be far from some kind of thoughtful servent of the public.  Circumventing speech and empowering a government to ban media meant for adults from adults is downright evil (yes, evil).  His shady games and tactics in discrediting his critics, including suing one of his constituents, are the actions of a self-serving creep. 

    In short, the man deserves no olive branch or pretending he is in any way benevolent. Plus, I doubt he has it in him to take any gesture by gamers well- remember Jack Thompson’s reaction to the flowers that were sent to him?  Atkinson has used much of Jack’s playbook thus far, and it’s unlikely he will suddenly become a sensible, friendly person now.

    More importantly, Atkinson is simply out of the picture now, which means that the real task at hand is to get an R18+ rating enacted.  Of course, the real challenge for Aussie Gamers (and gamers everywhere) begins: start acting like the real adults you want to be treated like and don’t pull any more embarrasing cosplay/zombie shit.


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    gellymatos says:

    Well, I suppose it’s worth a shot. After all, if he acts rude in return, no loss to us.

    "The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits." -Albert Einstein

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    MarcL says:

     The way I see it the author of the article is saying it is time to make peace with the rest of the politicians and make sure the gaming community and politicians can work together in the future.  It was Atkinson that was the problem, he’s gone, so let try to be constructive and rather than rage against politicians as a whole we should find allies in those that are left.

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    C. Aaron Browbowski Jr. says:

    I know it’s hard to forgive a smucknik like Atkinson, but you know what, it’s time to make peace with people. I mean I know that’s a hard pill to swallow, but it’s time to move on really. Holding a grudge gets nobody nowhere. Live and learn, LOL!

    Jesus Jack Jones Thompson loves you, so kill for his amusement so we can get money for the new "People’s Temple of Jesus Jack Jones Thompson"

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    Murdats says:

    I am sorry but condoning banning something for everyone, even if its in the name of "for the children" is a far cry from regulating minors access to it.


    I am sorry but I can never accept someone who has such a massive ego that they feel they can singlehandedly decide whats best for 20 million other people.

    someone who feels their religious belief trumps civil liberties and the rights of others

    someone who will persecute a social group they dont like

    someone who will force someone into bankruptcy and make a public apology for calling them a crook


    the whole wanting to ban games for everyone is not peoples only issue with this guy, unless he changes a LOT more then I will not make peace with someone who will so infringe my personal freedoms

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    GoodRobotUs says:

    I wasn’t the one who branded him worse than motorcycle gangs in Australia. I wasn’t the one who implied that anyone in Australia, regardless of their age, is mentally incapable of making their own decisions.

    It’s not us who have to connect with Atkinson, it’s exactly the opposite, Atkinson spent years slurring the intelligence of young people in Australia for political gain, now he doesn’t have to worry about votes any more, maybe he is the one who should be apologising for years of stereotyping and self-motivated prejudice?

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    Rodrigo Ybáñez García says:

    "He is an Australian politician who works hard for his electorate and his state…"

    Sorry, but that description is completely unaccurate for Atkinson. The only thing that Atkinson deserves is a big fat GTFO. He doesn´t dseserve a second chance. He is out of the game.

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    vellocet says:

    Forgot apologizing.  Just forget him.  He is completely inconsequential now.  And it’s his fault.  Let him ponder his actions in silence.

    There are bigger battles to be fought and more important things to do than to give that egomaniac any more time than we already have. 

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    ChrowX says:

    Would be really easy to make peace with the guy if he was actually trying to do something for the good of the people, instead of just being entirely pig-headed and ignorant on a subject he demanded 100% authority on.

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    axiomatic says:

    I submit that it’s not the gamers who need to apologize. Gamers only reacted to a untennable situation created by a politician who exceeded his authority.

    Should gamers stop the name calling? Absolutely. But should the issue be forgotten as to why gamers were upset in the first place? No way. A single politician should NEVER have that much authority.

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