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Australia’s main mature games detractor calls it quits

Monday, 22nd March 2010 01:59 GMT By Nathan Grayson

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If you’ve been keeping up with the headlines, you could be forgiven for believing there were only two sides in the battle to create an R18+ games rating in Australia: South Australia Attorney-General Michael Atkinson and everyone else ever.

Well, good news, Aussie guys and gals. Mr. Atkinson has decided to step down from the front bench, effectively ending his status as the wicked witch in good ol’ Oz.

Atkinson will, however, stay on Parliament until 2014, according to a report from Adelaide Now.

Still though, unless Jack Thompson snuck into Australia’s Labor party while we weren’t looking, we can’t imagine anyone else opposing violent videogames with the frothing fervor Atkinson brought to the table. So yeah, sounds like it’s time to break out one or two party hats, crank some slow-paced music until it’s just barely audible, and raise a toast to cautious optimism.

The storm’s not over yet, but you know that jittery feeling in your stomach? Nope, it’s actually not a small marsupial. It’s hope.

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5 Comments

  1. The_Deleted

    C’mon on Ozzy’s. Get your head (blown off) in the game!!!!

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Blerk

    Mind the door doesn’t hit you in the arse on the way out, Michael! :-D

    This has to be good news for the Aussies. Surely? Finally?

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Gheritt White

    So, does this mean that Oz can implement an 18+ age ratings category for video games before year end, or will we have to wait until 2014?

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Filofax

    Fingers crossed there are no more obstacles in the way of a R18+ rating.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. SavageD

    ha. I’m sure the South Australian bikie gangs had nothing to do with him reaching his decision:

    http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/south-australia/sa-police-move-against-rebels-bikie-gang/story-e6frea83-1225808659124

    ROFLSAUCE:

    http://www.joystiq.com/2010/02/15/australias-atkinson-thinks-gamers-are-scarier-than-biker-gangs/

    #5 4 years ago

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