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ACT to go it alone on R18+ video games?

By johnboy 29 April 2011 28

The ABC is carrying the musings of Simon Corbell on making Canberra a haven for R18+ rated games, a bit like our DVD industry with the X rating.

ACT Attorney General Simon Corbell says even if a stalemate situation eventuates, the ACT will move to change its own classification system for adult games.

“Because the ACT has supported the R18+ classification I think it will be incumbent on us to consider the issue of legislating before the sale of that material in the ACT,” Mr Corbell said.

“Regardless of what happens in other places around Australia.”

Mr Corbell says the territory will push to introduce the classification despite the outcome of the final meeting.

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p1 2:22 pm 02 May 11

D2 said :

thatsnotme said :

Huh? When I download a game, I own it just as fully as I do when I buy it from a shop and get discs.

Quite right. And in niether case do you own it. If you read the “license” you’ll see that what you’ve bought, regardless of how you’ve bought it, is a (severely) limited right to use the game under specificly defined circumstances. Unless, of course, it’s FOSS.

I’ve often wondered about the legality of such licensing agreements. If I was to start “selling” cars with such clauses in the small print and court would laugh at me trying to enforce it, on the basis that it is unreasonable, and that no one would suspect such things.

Yet software does, even though I imagine the vast majority of the general public wouldn’t have clue, and shops advertise games “for sale” not for “limited use under certain conditions”.

p1 1:24 pm 02 May 11

New tagline for Riotact?

Mr Waffle said :

I just googled “toilet death”……

D2 12:46 pm 02 May 11

thatsnotme said :

Huh? When I download a game, I own it just as fully as I do when I buy it from a shop and get discs.

Quite right. And in niether case do you own it. If you read the “license” you’ll see that what you’ve bought, regardless of how you’ve bought it, is a (severely) limited right to use the game under specificly defined circumstances. Unless, of course, it’s FOSS.

Mr Waffle 12:27 pm 02 May 11

Hercsie said :

A search on abc news for “violent video game” usage brought up:

Oh god, what a wank. They probably also used toilets. Maybe that’s what made them murderers. I just googled “toilet death”-

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toilet-related_injuries_and_deaths

“Smaller children run the risk of drowning if they fall headfirst into the toilet.”

OUR CHILDREN ARE AT RISK FROM TERROR TOILET MURDEROUS RAMPAGES. WON’T SOMEBODY PLEASE THINK OF THE CHILDREN?!?!

Keijidosha 11:50 am 02 May 11

thatsnotme said :

The silly thing about the move by SA to drop the MA15+ rating, is that the whole reason that rating is broken, is their refusal to allow an R18+ rating before now. So games that should have been R18+ all along, have been squeezed into the MA15+ rating – where they never belonged.

By introducing the R18+ rating, the problem with MA15+ will largely fix itself.

I agree that the need for an R18+ classification is well overdue, however I don’t believe that it will solve the classifications issue by itself. R18+ is an exclusionary classification level which limits the market available to game developers. The smart developers will always try to squeeze their game content into the MA15+ category to maximise their audience (ergo, sales). Dropping the MA15+ category would make it more difficult for this to occur, and clearly distinguish between content suitable for adults and minors.

Gerry-Built 11:41 am 02 May 11

Hercsie said :

A search on abc news for “violent video game” usage brought up:(clip)

Neither suggests that the violent games were the reason; though, perhaps a catalyst… People who do these things would more than likely do them anyhow, because of the way their “brain is wired”…

For example, the 20YO “MCG Gunman” was already heavily involved in crime, even being on parole at the time of the MCG events… an the 21YO Girl’s murder was in gaol for other offences when he was arrested for the girl’s murder…

There should be no ban on these games – almost everybody is capable (certainly from 18YO) of separating reality; it is far more likely an already sick mind is attracted to these games, then the games creating the sick mind…

thatsnotme 11:30 am 02 May 11

Keijidosha said :

gooterz said :

SA are going backwards on this, forced to accept the R rating they’re planning on dropping the MA15+ rating.

Nobody is forcing SA to do anything, and their suggestion of dropping MA15+ is hardly ‘going backwards’. If MA15+ is removed it will create a greater distinction between MA and R18+ games, which will more clearly identify games that are suitable for minors, and games that are suitable for adult audiences.

The silly thing about the move by SA to drop the MA15+ rating, is that the whole reason that rating is broken, is their refusal to allow an R18+ rating before now. So games that should have been R18+ all along, have been squeezed into the MA15+ rating – where they never belonged.

By introducing the R18+ rating, the problem with MA15+ will largely fix itself.

Hercsie 10:08 am 02 May 11

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