Retailers GAME and Aussie website PALGN have just announced that their petition calling for the establishment of an R18+ rating for video games has over 89,000 signatures, breaking the previous record for a “wet signature” petition.
The official count comes in at 89,210, as verified by independent auditors BDO. GAME has also announced that the petition will be tabled at the senate this year, post a clear outcome from the recent Federal ELection
“GAME and PALGN recognize that an R18+ rating will put more ‘distance’ between an MA15+ rating and games suitable only for over 18s” claimed GAME’s Rob Lukic, “helping mums and dads around the country understand which games are suitable for young teenagers and which games aren’t.
“GAME and PALGN want to ensure that children are not exposed to Video and PC games with mature content, and they both firmly believe that the R18+ classification will provide a clear message.”
Roland Kulen, Director of PALGN, echoed those statements: “Family gaming is now the fastest growing segment of the video games market, and it is important for all video games to provide a clear message with regards to their content – some games are played by everyone, but some are only meant for those over 18.”