Digital Breezes Podcast Episode 2. 29th July 2011
This weeks podcast is about the latest Standing Committee of Attorneys-General discussions that took place last Friday 22nd July in Adelaide, where they discussed the proposition that Australia finally have an R18+ classification for interactive games, or video games as they were previously known.
What does this mean for parents and gamers? For parents we would hope it would mean more clarity on what the classifications actually mean and which games are then suitable for our children and teens. For adult gamers the new classification will mean it will now be legal to play adult rated games that the rest of the world is legally allowed to play.
The Liberal party N.S.W Attorney General Mr Greg Smith abstained from voting at last weeks meeting, siting his “newness” to the role as a reason. So what does that mean for N.S.W are we going to be stuck with the old classification system which at the moment is G, PG, M, MA15+ with a huge variance in the level of violence and crudity within the MA15+ rating? The Adelaide Attorney General John Rau, also suggested scrapping the MA15+ rating altogether how is that going to work, jumping from M to R18+?
To find out more about what it all means to gamers and parents I interviewed Mr Ron Curry CEO of the iGEA the interactive
Games and Entertainment Association.
The Article I mention in this Podcast from the ABC Tech and Gaming website was from Nick Ross “Secrets of Obscenity”
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