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Restriction of “adult liberty” is “small sacrifice,” says Australian’s Atkinson

Tuesday, 27th January 2009 06:49 GMT By Patrick Garratt

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South Australian Attorney General Mike Atkinson, the Australian politician usually blamed for the fact the country doesn’t have an 18 rating for games, has told Gamespot AU that his stance is necessary to protect children and vulnerable adults from explicit, interactive content.

“Some of your readers may believe that the present system restricts adult liberty,” he told the site. “It certainly does restrict choice to a small degree, but that is the price of keeping this material from children and vulnerable adults.

“In my view, the small sacrifice is worth it. Classification exists for advertising, films and books for the same reason – to protect children and vulnerable people.”

Atkinson, in a lengthy comment to Gamespot, explains his stance in detail, claiming violent games are more affecting to children and impressionable adults than film.

“The interactive nature of electronic games means that they have a much greater influence than viewing a movie does,” he added.

“People are participating and ‘acting-out’ violence and criminal behaviour when they are playing a video game. They are essentially rehearsing harmful behaviour. Children and vulnerable adults (such as those with a mental illness) can be harmed by playing video games with violence, sex and criminal activity.”

Australia’s maximum game rating is 15+, meaning many more “adult” titles must be either edited of banned to make sale in Australia.

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  1. Morrius

    Great logic there. Sigh.

    #1 6 years ago
  2. Blerk

    Would you trust a man with “Austin Powers” teeth?

    #2 6 years ago
  3. El_MUERkO

    what a tool!

    #3 6 years ago
  4. wz

    What Ben Franklin said about liberty, security and idiots like this guy.

    #4 6 years ago
  5. Panipal2005

    No no, the small amount of gratification he gets from cheap fascist moves like this probably IS worth it – to him.

    #5 6 years ago
  6. gorman

    “The interactive nature of electronic games means that they have a much greater influence than viewing a movie does”

    No it doesn’t. It’s been proved in multiple studies that kids are still more than capable to distinguish between reality and fiction. That assumes responsible parenting happening and that is probably the problem.

    Parents not making the slightest effort to understand what their kids are watching, reading, playing. And then blame whatever media is convenient to blame.

    #6 6 years ago
  7. sennasnit

    “Parents not making the slightest effort to understand what their parents are watching, reading, playing. And then blame whatever media is convenient to blame.”
    My parents watch Murder she Wrote, and Diagnosis Murder, do I win a prize! ;)

    #7 6 years ago
  8. Spiral

    A trip to Cabot Cove, where you will be brutally murdered.

    #8 6 years ago
  9. DaMan

    I wonder, do some people actually believe he thinks that..

    #9 6 years ago
  10. gorman

    sennasnit, I corrected the obvious mistake :p

    #10 6 years ago
  11. elronathon

    I’m really tired of people saying off-the-cuff remarks about games being able to more significantly influence behaviour than films. It has not been proven so why on Earth do people who consider themselves to be intelligent and rational think that the more they say it, the more valid it will become.

    violence + videogames must be one of the single most enduring myths of the modern age.

    #11 6 years ago
  12. sennasnit

    lmao :)

    #12 6 years ago
  13. sennasnit

    his teeth look like a row of gravestones.

    #13 6 years ago
  14. Michael O'Connor

    “My parents watch Murder she Wrote, and Diagnosis Murder, do I win a prize!”

    My parents were freaks with morbid obsessions, which in turn led to me growing into a pale-skinned, long hair eccentric weirdo with an obsessive compulsive disorder and a liking for the goth scene of early 1980s England.

    Give me that damn prize. *snatches it out of your hand*

    #14 6 years ago
  15. Robo_1

    A sad state of affairs indeed. Still, region free gaming FTW aye :)

    #15 6 years ago
  16. sennasnit

    My parents were freaks with morbid obsessions, which in turn led to me growing into a pale-skinned, long hair eccentric weirdo with an obsessive compulsive disorder and a liking for the goth scene of early 1980s England.

    Give me that damn prize. *snatches it out of your hand*

    *Gladly gives up the prize* and slowly steps away feeling quite afraid ;)

    #16 6 years ago
  17. Michael O'Connor

    “*Gladly gives up the prize* and slowly steps away feeling quite afraid ;)”

    Hahahaha!

    AND they watch Murder She Wrote. Aaaaaah, classic television at its best. Lovely woman too. Bought a house here in Ireland just five minutes from where I live many years ago.

    #17 6 years ago
  18. fearmonkey

    Good thing we have people out there to save us from Ourseleves, after all, we wouldn’t want “Parents” to actually have to be the ones not purchasing the “18″ titles.
    “Parents” need all the help the can get, they shouldnt have to actually “parent”….Wink wink Nudge nudge

    #18 6 years ago
  19. SticKboy

    Since when did they start classifying fucking BOOKS???

    #19 6 years ago
  20. theevilaires

    Australian? this guy looks british.

    #20 6 years ago
  21. Retroid

    I wonder why, eh?

    #21 6 years ago