Saturday, 5 November 2011

Australia May Ban GTA and SR3

It seems that Australian Attorney General Greg Smith, who supported the Australian R18+ rating for video games last July, has had a change of heart. On the 3rd of November, via Australia's Channel 7 News, he pressed for a ban on games such as Grand Theft Auto.  


The story aired ahead of the Revised Guidelines [PDF] regarding the forthcoming R18+ classification, in which it states that: "due to the interactive nature of computer games and the active repetitive involvement of the participant, as a general rule computer games may have a higher impact than similarly themed depictions of the classifiable elements in film, and therefore greater potential for harm or detriment, particularly to minors."


Greg Smith also targeted Saints Row The Third, claiming it "glorifies blowing up petrol stations."


The Saints Row team fought back against allegations by hiring some eye-candy to help out at a local petrol station.




The  whole news story can be found here

What do you think of this proposed ban? Leave your opinions in the comments section!

3 comments:

  1. I'm more afraid/shocked at the fact that one person has enough power to encourage a ban on something based on little or no evidence to support his claims. There are more studies that show a negative impact after banning something then there are studies of people committing crimes because of a video game. Similar to drugs; banning things only makes people desire it more.

    But then again, I'm pretty ignorant of the government and legal system in Australia so maybe I should keep my nose out of it.

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  2. So will they ban movies with blowing up buildings? I understand that he says there is a level of interaction in the games but really you're just viewing it like you would in a film.

    My opinion is that if people can't make the right decision on what is real and what isn't when they're 18 then they aren't going to be helped by not playing GTA.

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  3. RekcahDam: Yes, banning things a lot of the time doesn't work, and for the most part, the people who have genuinely been influenced by video games when they've committed a crime have a mental issue of some sort. It's not normal, sane people that really react negatively when playing a game. Most people can distinguish the reality from the fantasy. :)

    It's bizarre that Australia will allow Dead Island a release, but not GTA Or SR3...

    kklectric: I agree with your comment 100%. :)

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