Games Industry Welcomes R18+ Discussion Paper

Australia's official games industry body has welcomed yesterday's release by the Federal Government of a discussion paper on video game classification. The paper seeks public consultation on whether an R18+ rating should be added to the classification scheme.

Ron Curry, CEO of the Interactive Games & Entertainment Association, says he is very pleased the government had finally made good on its promise to release the discussion paper, originally proposed in early 2008.

Curry adds that he was happy with the summary of the key arguments, both for and against.

"The paper is well constructed and positions both sides of the argument fairly," he says, "which is a very welcomed change to what we’ve been used to from those opposing the introduction."

However, he is quick to emphasise that this doesn't mean the industry's battle is now won.

"This is certainly the first step in a long journey, but it’s a start," says Curry. "As the paper says, there is a lot of territory between here and reaching a final outcome. Saying that, we are confident that the government will see that the majority of adults support the introduction of the R18+ classification and not just a “small number of very zealous gamers."

For those who wish to make their views heard, Curry also suggests a cautious approach.

"My advice to begin with is to very carefully read both the Discussion Paper and Submission Template," he says. "For those wanting to do the very minimum, the Submission Template allows for an easy way to give feedback to government. The most important advice is that everyone who is concerned makes an effort to ensure they contribute to the consultation and they do so in a meaningful and positive manner."

We hope to hear more thoughts on the release of the discussion paper from both South Australian Attorney-General Michael Atkinson and Gamers 4 Croydon founder David Doe later today.


Comments

    Sign this patition to increase our chances for getting a R18+ rating.

    http://www.parliament.qld.gov.au/view/EPetitions_qld/CurrentEPetition.aspx?PetNum=1346&lIndex=-1

      To clarify - Sign this if you live in QLD. Do not sign if you live anywhere else. Appreciate the gesture, but having tonnes of "signatures" from people in other states may hurt this more than help.

        http://www.ag.gov.au/gamesclassification

        This is the link for the rest of us.

      Theres no point in signing online petitions, they have zero credibility as the PC gaming petitions have done absolutely nothing. eg. Left4dead2 and Modernwarfare2

      I doubt any online petitions ever work.

      Its too easy to have random people click on a button.

        I dunno, IW seems to be bending due to pressure to implement mods.

    now everyone (of voting age) be sure to mail off your submissions i know i plan to the more adults we get to strongly disagree with the aginst arguements the higher our chances.

    One thing to note:
    "States and Territories enact their own laws and make their own decisions for the purposes
    of deciding which classification categories will be available in their State or Territory."
    If it does pass and we get the R18 classification, if Mr Atkinson is still in power in SA south aussies still won't be able to go down to the shops and buy them.

    "We hope to hear more thoughts on the release of the discussion paper from both South Australian Attorney-General Michael Atkinson and Gamers 4 Croydon founder David Doe later today..."

    Well, you're half right.

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