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No R18+ advocacy website opened; Michael Atkinson gets more threats

Tuesday, 16th February 2010 18:18 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

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Two bits of news concerning the R18+ debacle going on in Australia today has an advocacy against the rating getting its own website, and the second bit has South Australian Attorney General Michael Atkinson getting more death threats.

Starting off with the threat bit, Michael Atkinson has said gamers are once again threatening he and his family, more so than the nastiest group of Hell Angels bikers could ever aspire to.

Speaking to ABC (via GamePolitics), Atkinson said that another pasted letter was slipped under his door at 2AM “from a gamer” and said that his email is constantly being spammed.

“I feel that my family and I are more at risk from gamers than we are from the outlaw motorcycle gangs who also hate me and are running a candidate against me.

“The outlaw motorcycle gangs haven’t been hanging around outside my door at 2AM, a gamer has.

“I have no evidence to say that it [the threatening material] is being circulated by members of Gamers4Croydon. I don’t know who sends me this awful material.”

In response, Gamers4Croydon president Chris Prior denied Atkinson’s claim and countered by saying: “It’s really quite absurd, and it trivializes the lives that have been ruined by cruel motorcycle gangs. We are a party formed to challenge Mr. Atkinson publicly, civilly, and within the rules of South Australia’s democracy”.

In other news on the R18+ subject, and new advocacy group has formed a website called NoR18games.com, and it voices the opinion that “the last thing Australian needs is extremely violent and explicit games feeding into youth and adults minds.”

Here’s a blurb, once again, courtesy of GamePolitics:

Although R18+ DVDs are already available, computer games involve the player in an interactive role where they become the character doing the killing, raping, beating or sexual activity. An example of a currently banned game that would be allowed into Australia is a Japanese creation where the player is encouraged to gang rape and beat young women. Other games involve “first person” playing where the player takes the role of torturing or mutilating people.

GP dug around a bit, and found that the NoR18Games website may be affiliated with the Australian Christian Lobby, which has also come out against R18+, thanks to the “Find Out More” section of the site.

It will get uglier before it gets better, folks.

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  1. Hunam

    Next they’ll start censoring the internet! Oh wait.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Freek

    As an outsider, you can’t help but laugh at the utter misrepresentation of the hobby by both sides. Death threats, japanese rape games, motor cycle gangs? Really Australia, really?

    Strange that the rest of the world isn’t given as an example. You can easely point to a number of countries where 18+ games are sold and see that society has not collapsed into chaos. And you’d be hard pressed to find rape and torture games in the avarage game/media store.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Psychotext

    South Australia’s democracy

    Everything I’ve seen from Atkinson on the subject indicates he has very little time for “democracy” and would rather choose to save an ignorant population from themselves.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Khanivor

    Australia really seems quite determined to out-spaz the other English speaking nations of the world and claim the title of Most Spaztastic.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. psxman

    “a Japanese creation where the player is encouraged to gang rape and beat young women. Other games involve “first person” playing where the player takes the role of torturing or mutilating people.”

    Why’ve I never heard of these games?? Have I been looking around the wrong areas at Play-Asia or something? Or are they simply making it all up?

    #5 4 years ago
  6. Psychotext

    The former are common (or used to be, I think Japan banned them too recently), the latter could be any FPS game that they care to overreact to.

    #6 4 years ago
  7. blackdreamhunk

    ahahahahahahhahahahahhaah that picture is clasic lol

    #7 4 years ago
  8. PolyGoneWithTheWind

    It’s like we have, as English people that is, two sons… America went off the rails but now seems to have settled down, bought a house, dressing better and getting on with more people… and now Australia has decided to have a mid-life-shitasmic crisis because it hasn’t had a hug for a while and Mummy never really understood them…

    God Bless Britain, we’ve always been mental but at least we’re consistently mental. You know where you stand with us.

    #8 4 years ago
  9. PolyGoneWithTheWind

    On a serious note – Politics + Culture never mix well. It’s easy to see culture as a pervasive force for moral lapses (it has happened for centuries, after all Jesus was a kids magician)it absconds politicans and the society that are hired to protect and grow from blame of any malfunctions from an individual.

    Always easier to blame something unrelated than cure the cause… As long as politicians have hides to save, games, Marilyn Manson, hip-hop and magicians will always be persecuted…

    #9 4 years ago
  10. The_Deleted

    Australia is a twat.
    Stand up and fuck him off.

    #10 4 years ago
  11. MasterChiefFenix

    AVGN FTW!

    #11 4 years ago