Retailer GAME has joined the campaign for the introduction of an R18+ rating for computer and video games, announcing that over 70,000 people have so far signed an in-store petition in favour of classification change.
The petition will remain in-store to be signed until April 26, and a selection will be presented to every Attorneys-General and every Shadow Attorneys-General prior to the next meeting of the Standing Committee of Attorneys-General on April 29. The issue of games classification is expected to be on the agenda at the SCAG meeting, the first time the AGs will have convened since opening up the topic to a period of public consultation.
“We all recognise the significant difference in maturity levels between an adult and an adolescent," says Rob Lukic, GAME Managing Director.
"It is time for the government to provide the equivalent 'distance' in the classification system, the 'distance' being a clear distinction between an 18 year old and a 15 year old.
"This is plain to see for all parents and only with this change will parents have a clear view of what is suitable for their children. Some games are meant for everyone and some are only meant for adults."
GAME joins the likes of EB Games, whose similar petition raised 46,000 signatures during February; industry body, the Interactive Games & Entertainment Association, whose 44-page submission contained some powerful insights; Electronic Frontiers Australia, whose submissions contained some very good ideas for parents; Grow Up Australia, who collected over 16,000 signatures for its submission; the Kotaku community, who sent us your very own R18+ submissions; and of course, the hordes of undead.