Australia: Pro R18+ Ratings MP Resigns

One Australian MP who supported the idea of a national R18+ ratings category for video games has stepped down, to the chagrin of gamers across the country. Tasmanian Attorney-General David Bartlett announced today that he was resigning, saying he had lost his passion for the job.

"[F]or the past two to three weeks … I have had to question whether or not I still have the passion and commitment that is required," said Bartlett.

Bartlett also said he wanted to spend more time with his family.

Bartlett was of the most outspoken advocates of the R18+ rating for Australia. Or perhaps he simply listened to the general public, who generally support a ratings category meant for adults. Either way, he pushed hard for lawmakers in the country to join him in voting for it at most of the SCAG meetings where the topic came up. To introduce an R18+ video games rating in Australia, each state’s Attorney-General has to reach a consensus.

This is bad news for gamers who have been waiting way too long for their elected officials to do something about the current ratings system, which makes it hard for mature content to be released in Australia.

Source: VG247


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    Grif says:

    The bible-thumpers are a half-step away from doing that anyway. They don’t go half-ass. They won’t rest until ALL video games are banned. They don’t believe in freedom.


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    Rodrigo Ybáñez García says:

    All that australian gamers need to be completely screwed up is having a violent and bizarre incident somehow involving videogames, which of course, they would get the blame, leading to and absolute ban (including ridiculous high fines and jail time) on any videogame ever, except for any game less violent than Angry Birds.

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