Curry lambasts ‘unacceptable’ Australian ratings system

By Patrick Garratt
1 October 2008 07:22 GMT


In the wake of yet another refused classification in Australia, this time for Silent Hill: Homecoming, Interactive Entertainment Association of Australia head Ron Curry has said that the country’s lack of an 18 rating system “makes no sense” and complained that such restrictions would never be applied to other media.

“With the average age of gamers being 28,” he said in an interview with Aussie-Nintendo, “it makes no sense to censor games to a point where they are only appropriate for a 15 year old. Such censorship would not be acceptable on television, at the cinema or in print, so why apply it unfairly to another entertainment medium?”

And before you give a baffled “no shit, Ron,” and wonder why on earth Australia insists on being the laughing stock of the games ratings world, bear in mind he’s up against people like the Australian Industry Group’s Heather Ridout.

“Grand Theft Auto was one of the more famous games and seemed to turn everyone into a car thief,” Ridout said. “Violent games… violence, it breeds violence.”

Like, seriously.

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