Video and computer games dealer, GAME, collected 595 autographs on a appeal in his shop in Port Macquarie for two months to support a rating of R18 + new game.
The country remains without a R18+ PC and video game classification despite a final petition count of 89,210 collected in GAME stores across the country. The governmental decision-makers feel the issue needs “more consideration”.
Architectural petition GAME PAL Gaming Network Director Roland Kullen said that Australia is the only country in the developed world without an R18 + classification for video games and that means, literally, some games because the R18 + rating in other countries may be MA15 + rating here.
Supporters believe the R18+ rating for computer games would reduce children’s exposure to images of violence and other adult themes.
Mr. Kullen said the number of signatures collected in Port Macquarie was extraordinary.
GAME Port Central store manager Christopher Cox said the campaign was about protecting children and helping parents make an informed decision.
“If the system came into effect, parents would be able to make a more informed decision in regard to the content they are exposing their children to,” Mr Cox said.
Standing Committee of Attorneys-General considered the issue late last year.
Ministers further analyzed community and expert views, including a national telephone poll, a literature review of research exploring links between computer games and violent behavior and advice from the Classification Board on the operation of the MA15+ classification and options for an R18+ classification.
The national telephone survey showed 80 per cent of the 2226 people contacted supported the introduction of an R18+ classification for games.
The ministers will consider draft guidelines to be developed for classification of games at their next meeting, including a possible R18+ classification.
The next Standing Committee meeting of Attorneys General is expected in March. The R18 + classification for computer games can be introduced with the support of all ministers of the classification of the states and territories.