God of War creator David Jaffe has labelled the Australian classification system “utter BS” and believes it stems from an old-fashioned attitude that video games are purely for kids.
Presenting at the Game Connect: Asia Pacific conference in Melbourne, the always quotable Jaffe was asked for his views on games classification in Australia and how he feels about the possibility of having to edit or self-censor his own games.
“There’s a government board and if they say it’s too offensive, in that case there’s no fight to fight — it is what it is,” he said. “There’s not much you can do if you’re making games aimed at a mature audience. We never like to cut it, but what are you going to do? You’re dealing with governments.
“There’s absolutely an inconsistency in the consciousness about video games. The reality is people still see a lot of these things as kids’ toys. It’s utter BS.”
Jaffe’s original God of War, its sequel and the PSP’s Chains of Olympus were all rated MA15+ for violence and sexual references by the Australian Classification Board. God of War III has yet to be classified.
Jaffe also hinted at his plans for the future with his development studio, Eat Sleep Play, suggesting he’s working on a very mainstream title for the PlayStation Network. Read more at the link below.