Michael Atkinson Steps Down

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Michael Atkinson Steps Down

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Australian Attorney-General and enemy of gamers everywhere Michael Atkinson resigned his post today following a poor result at the polls for the Australian Labor party.

Australian gamers can breathe a sigh of relief today as Michael Atkinson, the man single-handedly responsible for preventing the creation of an R18+ rating for videogames in the country, has stepped down from his position as Attorney-General of South Australia.

Atkinson claimed it would be irresponsible to create a by-election with the Australian Labor Party's majority standing at just one. He also cited a desire to see his son Johnno play soccer as another reason for his retirement from front-line politics.

"[Johnno] was supposed to play his first game last night at 7pm and like so many times in my time in Parliament I wasn't there," said Atkinson. "I am pretty disappointed about that. So I resolved that every time Johnno walks on the pitch this year his dad is going to be there even if it embarrasses the hell out of him."

Atkinson will stay in parliament until the next election in 2014, but will serve as a back-bencher, saying: "I think there ought to be renewal in the ministry. I think there are talented people on the Labor backbench who deserve a go."

This is significant news for Australian gamers, who have long had to suffer under a system that lacked an adult rating for videogames, and potentially will bring Australia in line with other countries, provided that Atkinson's replacement is sympathetic to the gamers' plight.

Thank you to everyone who sent tips in about this, there are too many of you to name individually, but you know who you are.

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Well this is good news. Not that it really affected me but still It's good to hear.

Now...will they get the R18 rating? Here's hoping.

I detect the collective orgasm of aussie gamers.

People, I say we all toast to this!

Bring out your Mountain Dew, Dr. Pepper, or any other kind of disgusting beverage you drink while gaming. This must be celebrated!

I call dibs on the wish-bone!

Oh, and as a side note, I'm not surprised his son is embarrassed about him going to his soccer games.

And Jack Thompson will take his place!

Nah. Good news. AU games might not get shafted anymore.

Stevey'll be pleased as piss.

Or not, since he still won't BUY the games :P

They're still stuck with him for 4 more years, albeit to a lesser degree.

H-he's gone? Like no longer in power gone? And this isn't a dream?!

WoooooHoooooo!!! It's time to *party*! Party like rock stars!

Just as planned *Death note music*

So yeah, win for Australia.

Who calls for party! *Raises both hands and feet*

Wow. It's about time. Congrats, Aussies. Hope this works well for you guys.

Congratulations Australia, you are free at last.

You spelled 'Michael' wrong in the title.

OT: Hopefully his replacement will go through with the R 18+ rating.

Let me say . . . EPIC MOTHER FUCKING WIN FOR THE AUSSIE GAMERS!

it's about damned TIME you guys got a proper rating for their games so they can actually PLAY the same things we get out here in the US.

Hopefully now Heavy Rain will get out to them . . . not that Yahtzee hasn't already played it.

Am I the only person worried that this is the start of something awful?

What if the next guy is even worse?

Woo have a beer or two for me australians!

I don't understand. Do we get games now or in 4 years time?

I'll be importing/downloading them regardless, but I'd like to know.

Interesting, well enjoy it Aussies, ill be off in my Canadia not really caring about what this man does.

Ding dong the witch is dead.
It's about time a politician so blatantly misrepresenting the people stepped down.

I was considering moving to Oz for work.....

Another note in the "for" column

his backing down was so he could watch his son play football...
nothing to do with the legions of people he pissed off everyday for acting like the governmental equivalent of a dinosaur or for the bad press surrounding him acting very similar to the crook he was called out on last month...

at least he is on his way out and hopefully now there can be some progress for aussies r18+ rating.

Best version I could find sorry.

WOOOO!

I'm looking forward to hearing Yahtzee's take on this.

I'm not even Australian and I'm cheering! WOOT!

Hubilub:
People, I say we all toast to this!

Bring out your Mountain Dew, Dr. Pepper, or any other kind of disgusting beverage you drink while gaming. This must be celebrated!

I call dibs on the wish-bone!

Oh, and as a side note, I'm not surprised his son is embarrassed about him going to his soccer games.

I accept your toast sir!! 'sound of glasses being tapped together'

Ceeeeeeelebrate good times co'mon!

revolverwolf:
Am I the only person worried that this is the start of something awful?

What if the next guy is even worse?

Quiet! Don't jinx it!

This is wonderful news! I already posted the meme I used to express my joy on another thread (spoiler: It was SPARTA!), but I haven't been this happy since...Actually I can't remember the last time I was this happy

A1:
I'm looking forward to hearing Yahtzee's take on this.

What, you can't hear the gleeful cackling from where you are?

Logan Westbrook:
Australian Attorney-General and enemy of gamers everywhere Michael Atkinson

He holds no sway outside of Australia. He isn't an enemy of gamers everywhere, just Australian gamers. People probably wouldn't even care if Yahtzee hadn't been constantly complaining aboot him.

Okay, who the hell divided by zero? Come on, be honest. :P

He resigned almost on the same day that Yahtzee and Gang opened their Mana-Bar.

Coincidence? :)

Freedom for Austrailian gamers! This is greta news.

Syon:
Okay, who the hell divided by zero? Come on, be honest. :P

Why it was me.

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