Been working too much to blog, but I still made some time to submit to the R18+ classification review. Thought I’d post my submission here:
I’m currently 33 years old, and I’ve played computer games all my life. From back when they were simple, like asteroids and space invaders, to now, where the graphics are 100 times better… but the concept is still the same: It’s just entertainment.
To assume children are not smart enough to know the difference between pretend violence and real violence is absurd, and an insult to them quite frankly.
Do we not encourage kids to play Cowboys and Indians? Cops and Robbers? They pretend to “shoot” each other, to fall down and “die”… but they know it’s not real. They know they are just playing “a game”.
And whether the game is on the playground, or on a TV screen, there is no difference. It’s “pretend” you see. Perhaps the lawmakers in this country are so old and jaded, they forget what it’s like to be a child, to have enough imagination to “pretend” and know it’s not real.
I play “Halo” with my sister, who is 16 now but I’ve done so since she was much younger. She and I have killed many pretend aliens on the xbox, but do I think she would actually pick up a gun and shoot it…ever? No, the thought is utterly ridiculous.
The current classification system is broken. Countless games get rated MA15+ in Australia and R18+ everywhere else in the world. Modern Warfare 2 is a recent example, the biggest selling game of all time and we rated it MA15+ because that’s the highest rating we could give it, and to ban it would have caused hundreds of thousands of copies to be imported into Australia from the US, the UK and Asia (and the retail industry wouldn’t stand for that). So the rest of the world rated it an Adult game, but we said it was OK for teenagers because the system is fundamentally flawed.
Parents DESERVE the right to know which games are suitable for their kids and which games are not.
And Adults (like myself), DESERVE the right to purchase games made for Adults.
If you haven’t made your submission yet you’d better hurry up, only 3 days left (Feb 28 is the cutoff).