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Curry lambasts ‘unacceptable’ Australian ratings system

Wednesday, 1st October 2008 07:22 GMT By Patrick Garratt

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In the wake of yet another refused classification in Australia, this time for Silent Hill: Homecoming, Interactive Entertainment Association of Australia head Ron Curry has said that the country’s lack of an 18 rating system “makes no sense” and complained that such restrictions would never be applied to other media.

“With the average age of gamers being 28,” he said in an interview with Aussie-Nintendo, “it makes no sense to censor games to a point where they are only appropriate for a 15 year old. Such censorship would not be acceptable on television, at the cinema or in print, so why apply it unfairly to another entertainment medium?”

And before you give a baffled “no shit, Ron,” and wonder why on earth Australia insists on being the laughing stock of the games ratings world, bear in mind he’s up against people like the Australian Industry Group’s Heather Ridout.

“Grand Theft Auto was one of the more famous games and seemed to turn everyone into a car thief,” Ridout said. “Violent games… violence, it breeds violence.”

Like, seriously.

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4 Comments

  1. Blerk

    It’s true – I never robbed cars or beat up hookers before I played GTA. Then again, previously I would’ve never thought of saving the world from Nazis or spiky-haired hermaphrodites either.

    #1 6 years ago
  2. patlike

    That quote’s actually a bit mad. Delusional.

    #2 6 years ago
  3. that_happy_cat

    How can it simply “seem” that “everyone” turned into a car thief?

    It’s like middle class England’s very own version of a zombie apocalypse.

    #3 6 years ago
  4. patlike

    She’s clearly mental.

    #4 6 years ago

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