WHAAA! Last we heard, the proposed law that would institute an R18+ rating in Australia had the full support of the federal government. However, it has recently surfaced that Victoria AG Robert Clark is not fully on board, saying that the new law “would legalize games with high levels of graphic, frequent and gratuitous violence, including violence against civilians and police.”
His statements agree with Australian Christian Lobby director Rob Ward, who said the Classification Board was “asleep at the wheel” when it granted titles like GTA 4 MA15+ ratings, allowing them to be released in the continent. Ward added, “that’s not a reason to create an R18+ category. That’s a reason to clip them behind the ear.”
Perhaps he just needs a good clip in the ear to wake himself up, although that would probably prove, rather than disprove, that gamers are more violent. A shame. A crying shame.