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Australian attorney-general refuses to side with 18+ game rating

Wednesday, 30th September 2009 22:30 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

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South Australian attorney general Michael Atkinson has been reported to be holding up debates proposed by the nation’s officials on the introduction of an R18+ rating for games.

His reason for the opposition, is because he does not want children or “vulnerable adults” to get a hold of violent, interactive material.

“People are participating and ‘acting-out’ violence and criminal behaviour when they are playing a video game,” he told News.com.au. “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.”

In the past, Atkinson tried to censored a public document which polled Australians on the issue of censorship.

Don’t look for any of this to be resolved soon Aussies. Sorry ’bout that.

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  1. Phoenixblight

    Yeah that makes perfect sense. With that logic I should be murdering, raping, doing drugs, sacrificing babies for the gain of power. Do they have substantial proof that videogames cause violence even a freaking Buddhist said he plays violent games!!

    I guess with all that beauty in Austrailia you have to accept censorship.

    #1 5 years ago
  2. El_MUERkO

    Don’t look for any of this to be resolved soon Aussies…

    unless…

    naaaaa…

    how would you get the angry bear to agree to it?

    #2 5 years ago
  3. Hunam

    Unelected official fail.

    #3 5 years ago
  4. sxpacks

    Okay, so how does the Attorney General purpose mature adults get their hands on the game?
    And on that note is their porn for sale in AUS?

    #4 5 years ago
  5. Suikoden Fan

    I could say some pretty scathing things right now about that guy, either way he is an idiot.

    #5 5 years ago
  6. Blerk

    Poor old Aussie gamers. Time to emigrate!

    #6 5 years ago
  7. satsugai

    I bet he’s just had bad experiences in the past with video games and so now he’s just bitter lol.

    #7 5 years ago
  8. freedoms_stain

    I hear he touched a 360 power brick as a child and the horrendous burns he suffered as a result made him prejudiced against gaming for life.

    *wonders if anyone will buy that*

    #8 5 years ago
  9. Plainview

    FARRRRK YOOOOUUUUU!!

    #9 5 years ago
  10. KingCharMing

    This is exactly why I import my games. Ah well, other countries get my money :-P

    #10 5 years ago