Goddamnit. Out of the frying pan and into another equally annoying, if lesser known, frying pan.Andy Chalk said:The name Greg Smith may not be as instantly recognizable as, say, Michael Atkinson, but that might be about to change. Despite making hopeful noises about Australia's slow but seemingly inexorable march toward an R18+ videogame rating, Smith, the Attorney General for New South Wales, now says that games like Grand Theft Auto should be banned outright.
Well, the guy, for one thing. He just got laid, and then he got his money back.Andy Chalk said:"I think they should be banned," Smith said in a televised report on Australia's 7 News. "It involves a prostitute giving sexual favors for money to a man in a car, and then when she gets out, he comes out with a semi-automatic rifle and shoots her dead. Now what good does that do anybody?"
..."Themes"? They want to regulate themes?Andy Chalk said:MA15+:
The treatment of strong themes should be justified by the context.
So no games where you ever date anyone, I guess.Andy Chalk said:SEX:
Sexual activity may be implied.
Sexual activity must not be related to incentives or rewards.
Looks like they're going to crack down on Mario and his mushroom abuse.Andy Chalk said:DRUG USE:
Drug use should be justified by the context.
Drug use related to incentives or rewards is not permitted.
Interactive illicit or prescribed drug use is not permitted.
"Virtually"? If the previous times I've seen "there are virtually no restrictions on X" used, it's because there are restrictions on X.Andy Chalk said:R18+:
There are virtually no restrictions on the treatment of themes.
Ah. So even in games intended explicitly for an audience 18 or older...no character can ever get raped unless the developers are super coy about it.Andy Chalk said:VIOLENCE:
Violence is permitted. High impact violence that is, in context, frequently gratuitous, exploitative and offensive to a reasonable adult will not be permitted.
Sexual violence may be implied, if non-interactive and justified by context.
Wait, what? Does that just mean that you're not allowed to splice actual porn into the game, but as long as it doesn't depict flesh-and-blood people, you're fine?Andy Chalk said:SEX:
Sexual activity may be realistically simulated. The general rule is "simulation, yes-the real thing, no".
Same as theme, really, at least on the "virtually" point. Moving on.Andy Chalk said:LANGUAGE:
There are virtually no restrictions on language.
So the Saints Row drug trafficking side missions are out? And the bonuses you get for drinking/smoking?Andy Chalk said:DRUG USE:
Drug use is permitted
Drug use related to incentives and rewards is not permitted.
See? It doesn't say "virtually no restrictions" here. That's a red flag for the other two.Andy Chalk said:NUDITY:
Nudity is permitted.
Wait...so does that mean he considers "sexual violence" to be violence that follows shortly after sexual content?Andy Chalk said:"Any game with sexual violence will be refused classification. [Smith] need not worry, sexual violence is refused classification now, and it will be refused classification once R18+ passes," O'Connor said. And while some concerns have been expressed that the new rating could still be years away, he said that he expected things to happen fairly quickly once the legislation is introduced in Parliament in early 2012.
um no there needs to be a place for wackos, just wish it was the artic...Disturbed_Smurf said:Oh great, another self-righteous dipstick trying to take away our freedom, as if we haven't got enough here in Australia. Any other countries want to take some..please!?
When does it have that?"It involves a prostitute giving sexual favors for money to a man in a car, and then when she gets out, he comes out with a semi-automatic rifle and shoots her dead. Now what good does that do anybody?"
When movies first came out, it happened and it happened a lot. Just check out wiki our alike and you'll see a record of all the movies that have been banned. If something was too violent or had themes that were not deemed okay, it got banned. There are films that still get banned today, though those tend to be the really nasty ones.Gecko clown said:I don't remember this kind of thing ever happening in Britain or Europe. If I'm wrong can someone correct me.
I'll happily take government that can't work out we're old enough to make decisions about violent or explicit video games over government that can't handle its economy thank youDense_Electric said:To all my Aussie gamer friends, if you'd like to move to the US we can make room (of course our country is just as bad on other things, but our idiot government finally figured out games).
The day first-world governments realize that it is not their job to legislate morality will be a good day indeed.
you sir have won an internet but alas it is an australia internet so it isnt that good but you have won it anywayRanorak said:You'd think that in a country where every part of wildlife is plotting your murder, the least of their concerns are virtual pixels.