The latest Official PlayStation Magazine is onsale today, and features an opinion piece from yours truly, but there's a thought provoking piece in the issue that asks an interesting question about classification in this country - what if publishers and retailers agreed to ignore the rules and sold games that had been refused classification in Australia?
It's unlikely to ever happen, particularly since we're closer than ever to an R18+ rating in Australia but, considering the vast support R18+ has from the public, it's an interesting thought.
In the magazine Fiona Patten, leader of the Sex Party, discusses the possibility.
“Civil disobedience only works when you have a number of factors in place,” writes Patten. “First you have to have the majority of public opinion behind you. Second, you need to be selling a product that a good percentage of police, judges and lawyers have seen or purchase themselves and who have a good number of family and friends who do the same. Third, you need a national network of retailers who will hold the line in the face of the first prosecution or two and who are prepared to fund the occasional ‘not guilty’ plea on as well."
It's nice to know that if, for some unforeseen reason we don't receive an adult rating for video games, there may be alternatives...
Viva La Revolución!
The Official PlayStation Magazine is available in all awesome newsagents (and Borders if they haven't closed down all their stores yet!)