|Clueless Aussie Politicians on R Ratings, Game Violence, Fallout 3, Rape in Games
||[Jul. 28th, 2008|07:57 am]
Clueless Aussie Politicians on R Ratings, Game Violence, Fallout 3, Rape in Games
July 25, 2008
A panel of Australian politicians and pundits made a sorry show of themselves on ABC's Q&A program last night.
The rampant cluelessness begins when an audience member (sporting a Fallout 3 t-shirt) raises the issue of banned video games due to Australia's lack of an R18+ rating. The announcer mentions the recent Fallout 3 ban, which was based on in-game drug use.
The panel's answers are astounding. Aside from their immediate willingness to censor games, they seem not to even be aware that Australia has a system for rating games. One member of the panel even raises the spurious "rape in games" issue - and almost seems to compare banned games to snuff films. Only Sen. Mark Arbib comes across as unbiased:
Christine Jackman, Journalist: I agree, we urgently need a rating system. I'm not a pro-censorship person, either... (to the audience member in the Fallout 3 t-shirt who asked the question) Can I throw it back on you... why would you want to play it...?
Audience member: I want to play the game because it's a story-driven experience that you could experience in a movie... however the Australian government won't let me.