R 18+ In Australia: The Battle Rages On!

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Anybody who’s read my articles, or listened to me on our podcasts on this site would’ve probably picked up on my passion on this current issue of the Australian Rating system, and the recent banning of Mortal Kombat. And recently I’ve had a couple of people email and ask about how they can help fight for change, and it’s really made me think. I too am sick of just complaining and would like to take action, but the question is how I can do this, and how can anybody partake in it. I am writing this to bring further awareness and recognition of a couple of people fighting for this online, and I highly encourage everybody to support them and their cause.

Grow Up Australia

Starting in October 2009, Grow Up Australia are at the front lines of the Australian fight for a better ratings system. Anyone even slightly interested in the subject should definitely check out these guys. These guys are doing amazing things and are a great source for information and updates. Check them out at www.growupaustralia.com, and add them on twitter at www.twitter.com/growupaustralia.


This website is presented formally and professionally and within one glance you can tell these guys know what they’re talking about. They’re not updated as often, but they are certainly doing good work in fighting for the R18+ rating in Australia. A great source of information, and most importantly check out the ‘how you can help’ section! It has a very impressive list of people to contact within the government, and valuable contact information. Check out the website at www.r18games.com.au.

Bald At Games

Be warned kids; this guy does swear a little, however there is no denying his passion for the ratings system in Australia, and particularly Mortal Kombat. BAG (Bald At Games) is a a youtube channel with over 860, 000 views, currently protesting and raising awareness about the Australian rating system, and obviously a massive fan of Mortal Kombat. He may not seem so serious as he does have a bit of a Aussie/bogan thing going on there, and does speak informally and throws in a bit of humour, but don’t under estimate him; he is a valuable fighter for the cause.  His slogan ‘We’re Tough Here, Give Us Our Games!’ has helped rallied many to the cause, as well as a highly successful petition with over 1750 signatures. You can sign the petition at http://www.gopetition.com/petition/43381.html (do it!) and view the youtube channel at www.youtube.com/user/BaldAtGames. His channel also mentions this link, which is worth checking out if your passionate enough to speak up http://australia.gov.au/have-your-say.

Matt Vella. Capsule Computers' Community Manager. I say 'Laters' a lot.

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