Tag Archives: Office of Film and Literature Classification
Wed, Sep 30, 2009 | 22:30 BST
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.
Mon, May 05, 2008 | 19:29 BST
According to this New Zealand Herald report, the Office of Film and Literature Classification (OFLC) has been warning retailers this week to stay off supplying GTA IV to parents “demanding” the game for their children.
“If it’s perfectly obvious the parent is buying the game for the child, don’t sell it to the parent,” said New Zealand’s chief censor Bill Hastings. “If a game is R18 it’s R18 for a reason and it’s illegal to make it available to anyone under that age.”
He added: “When the violence does happen in Grand Theft Auto, it is of a quality that makes it R18 – the degree of it, the intensity of it, the realism of it,” says Hastings. “When you shoot a body it reacts in a very human way. It’s not just stickmen falling over. It looks real.”
Parents that buy a game rated as 18 for a minor can face up to three months in jail or a $10,000 fine.