Last week Games.On.Net interviewed Gamers 4 Croydon candidates about the upcoming SA elections and their effort to shine a light on the need for R18+. In one telling point candidate Chris Prior talks about his research into what MA15+ games here were actually rated overseas.
The interview is broad ranging, looking into G4C’s commitment to local issues, not only the core concerns around gaming. But if I’m bringing it up here there’s obviously more juice on all things R18+.
In the most telling of statistics, Prior looked back at the past three years of game releases and found that 85% of MA15+ rated games were rated M (for 17 and older) by the USA’s ESRB. 50% were rated 18+ by the Europe’s PEGI.
“There are a huge number of adult games that are rated for teenagers here in Australian, and that’s a big issue,” says Prior.
He then points to the flipside of this issue, suggesting most games that are banned will still be banned.
Candidate Kat Nicholson then likens the ability to slightly modify games to suit MA15+ as being like bleeping the swear words out of Pulp Fiction and then suggesting the movie is now OK for kids.
More good insights, and some more useful talking points to add to your personal arsenal.
Community Interview: Gamers 4 Croydon [Games.On.Net]