The period of public consultation on the issue of whether Australia should have an R18+ rating for videogames is drawing to a close. You have until February 28 to make a submission. Many Kotaku readers already have, and we’re going to share them with you.
Last week we asked you to send us your submission to encourage your fellow Kotaku readers to have their say as well. We said we’d publish your closing 250-word comments. So for the rest of the week we’ll be highlighting some of the best in individual posts.
This submission comes from Bruce Abdul-Raouf, who writes:
My understanding after reading and consultation is that this can be summarised as a compromise between 1) an adults right to view Adult material versus 2) the need to prevent access of Adult Only material from minors.
As Adult only material is already on sale in Australia in the form of R18 and X18 classified movies I do not see a reason not to allow it R18 Games. This is not about what is higher impact, games or movies, this is about Adult ONLY content and should it be allowed. Adult material is adult material because it is not suitable for minors and not because of the medium.
To say Games are somehow different is absurd, I would prefer to catch my child with a violent game than an adult soft porn movie. The farce is that the soft porn IS available today and the game is not. There needs to be a consistent approach to classification that allows for Adults to be Adults and does not hold the entire population to the level of a 15 year old.
There are many things in life not suitable for minors. I will leave you with 2 examples, alcohol and sex. Just because these 2 things are not suitable for minors is not a reason to prevent adults from participating and enjoying them.
Which one would YOU give up to prevent a child from having it?
In case you’re yet to state your case, here’s how to do it.