Yesterday we published a letter the South Australian Attorney-General Michael Atkinson is currently sending to those who have written to him in support of an R18+ classification for video games. In response, Australia’s first gamer rights political party, Gamers 4 Croydon, has written its own “thoughtful rebuttal” of Atkinson’s views.
And by views, they mean his “contradiction-filled, strawman-posing, condescending piece of correspondence.”
The full rebuttal can be read on the Gamers 4 Croydon website, but here’s the concluding paragraph:
What Mr Atkinson’s letter demonstrates is little more than that he has a prejudice against violent video games. Much of the ‘evidence’ he provides to support his claim is dubious or patently false, and it shows a much greater interest in distracting people with emotive arguments than thoughtful consideration of available information. While he is of course entitled to dislike violence in video games (and any other media for that matter), his personal distaste is not sufficient reason to curtail the rights of responsible adults, expose minors to adult content, and ignore the opinions of an overwhelming majority of Australians.
He is, after all, supposed to be a representative.
Oh, and remember you can donate to Gamers 4 Croydon on their website as well.