The Australian Government are currently considering altering the current computer and video game classification system to include an R18+ rating. Currently in Australia, computer and video game classification only includes an MA15+ rating, which means that games that are rated R18+ in other countries must be either altered to conform to the MA standards or cannot be sold in Australia. Some games, which are rated R18+ overseas, are simply rebadged as MA15+ when they reach Australia.
I believe that an R18+ rating should be introduced for computer and video games in Australia. Such a rating would allow the game market to expand to cater for adult gamers (after all, the average age of gamers in Australia is 30 years). Adults in Australia should be able to choose what material they see and hear, and an R rating would allow adults to make an informed decision about the content of the games that they are playing. It would allow consumers to avoid material that makes them uncomfortable or is likely to offend, and would allow a wider range of available games for gamers who wish to play games with explicit content. Furthermore, an R18+ rating would send a clear message to parents that such games are not suitable for children.
For a great rundown of the campaign, you can visit the ecogamer website at the following link:
You can also visit the Australian Government website by clicking the link below:
The Government website will allow you to access the discussion paper, which outlines the arguements for an against changing the video and computer game classification system.
So what can you do?
If you have an opinion on this issue, please make a submission to the Australian Government outlining your argument. So far, only 6000 submissions have been recieved by the government on this issue, which sounds like a lot, but really isn’t very many.
Making a submission is really easy and won’t take you more than half an hour. There is a template on the government website which you can fill out and then email to make your submission. You can also print out the template and post it.
Be quick though, as all submissions must be recived by the 28th of February.
Please take the time to make a submission today. After all, it’s Sunday, and you can certainly spare half an hour of slobbing on the couch, shopping or playing video games. Hell, if you are spending your Sunday playing video games, you should definitely make a submission.
Please pass the message onto your friends and family members. Also, feel free to leave a comment, I would love to know what you guys think on this.