South Australia Continues to Make Life Difficult

South Australia Continues to Make Life Difficult

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The state of South Australia is once again kicking up a fuss over videogame ratings, saying it will dump the MA15+ rating in favor of R18+ no matter what the rest of the country does.

South Australia has a long history of making life difficult for gamers down under. For two decades it was the home base of Michael Atkinson, the state Attorney General and poster boy for the country's anti-R18 effort. His retirement led to high hopes that the land of milk and honey was just over the the horizon but that hasn't quite turned out to be the case; things are moving forward but at a glacial pace, and now South Australia has thrown another curveball at the process by declaring that it will act unilaterally to impose changes to the system that critics say will just create more confusion and headaches.

Australia's Standing Committee of Attorneys General is scheduled to meet later this month to hammer out a scheme for bringing a proper "mature" videogame rating to the country, after the federal government forced the issue by stating that it would consider "other options" if the Attorneys General didn't get their act together. Guidelines for establishing an R18+ rating include a call to tighten up the existing, amorphous MA15+ rating in order to more clearly differentiate between games appropriate for children and those that are not. But South Australia now says it will take matters one step further by ditching the MA15+ rating entirely, regardless of what happens at the upcoming SCAG meeting.

If that happens, videogames in the state will effectively be divided into two groups: those for kids and those for adults. Games rated MA15+ in other states will instead get an R18+ rating in South Australia, keeping them, in theory at least, out of the hands of young teenagers. The problem is that by establishing a de facto independent rating regime, the state will once again throw plans for a coherent, nationwide rating system into disarray.

"I think it would be bizarre if they were to go it alone," said Opposition Justice Spokesman Stephen Wade. "The Attorney General has indicated that he appreciates that people will continue to access games, through downloading them and through mail order. So it would be clearly an unfair impost on South Australian retailers at a time we are very aware of the competition between the online retail marker and the shopfront retail market."

Australia's Interactive Games and Entertainment Association CEO Ron Curry added that the move would further hinder the industry by making it "nearly impossible" to advertise videogames nationally.

The next meeting of Australia's Standing Committee of Attorneys General takes place on July 22 in South Australia. Finger crossed for you, Aussies!

Source: The Australian, via GamePron

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Poor Aussies. I feel bad for you :(

Poor Auss- wait, "Achieving a Just and Secure Society"? Damn, that sounds 1984. My hearts goes out to Aussie gamers.

Sorry, double post. Here is awesome for your troubles.

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Why is that I sense an unspoken "neener-neener" embedded in South Australia's announcement?

I guess when you have to put up with dumb legislation long enough, you get frustrated to the point of making it worse.

This screams 1984. Sad for Australia but we got our own problems we can't do jack about because of our out of touch government.

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Aw mate, your General's are as much use as tits on a bull.

Surely these guys have more important things to do right? F*king dicks...

Suddenly I feel a need to buy Yatzhee a beer keg or two. Having to put up with this...circus would have driven me bonkers.

Anyone seen the film Equilibrium? South Australian gouvernmentals have. Everyone. And they fucking love it.
Or so I hear...

The federal government should tell the states to jump in the lake and enforce the R18+ with MA15+ as they want, the states have had years to update and they failed, so stuff em.

RT-Medic-with-shotgun:
This screams 1984. Sad for Australia but we got our own problems we can't do jack about because of our out of touch government.

Thats the irony, the federal government IS in touch, its the states (South Australia specifically) that are being dicks about this.

Meanwhile we have the Atterny General of NSW refusing to vote, making any national change again impossible.
http://au.gamespot.com/news/6323864/nsw-set-to-derail-upcoming-r18-decision

RicoADF:
The federal government should tell the states to jump in the lake and enforce the R18+ with MA15+ as they want, the states have had years to update and they failed, so stuff em.

RT-Medic-with-shotgun:
This screams 1984. Sad for Australia but we got our own problems we can't do jack about because of our out of touch government.

Thats the irony, the federal government IS in touch, its the states (South Australia specifically) that are being dicks about this.

Thats the interesting thing here. The Federal Government kind of did exactly that. I am parafrasing here but they said something along the lines of: this is a joke, we need to do something about our outdated system and if the Atterny Generals can't agree soon then we will.
\Now I suppose it's time to see what exactly they meant by that, if anything :|

I don't mind that they want to get rid of the MA15+ if it makes ratings easier to understand, just get rid of it. I don't think there will be much difference between the two ratings if they were both impimented.

Now if these bloody poli's would listen to the people that put them in their job we would of had this years ago.

I'll put money on news coming out on the 22nd that nothing was achieved, except the bastards had a nice and expencive lunch.

If the sacrifice for getting an R18+ rating is to scrap the MA15+ rating, I don't mind. Really. Just so long as we get the bloody rating!

It will happen sooner or later. As long as they keep classifying R games as MA then i don't really care. I'm over 18 so can buy them regardless.

So South Australia has decided to take the same "Screw you hippies!" route the A.C.T is taking with reclassification guidelines? Seems there will be a lot of interstate mail orders.

fuck i hate this country sometimes.
our government is just too big for our populace so all our politicians have to do whatever it takes to have the appearance of being busy, when in actuality, there just isn't a lot that needs doing!

itchcrotch:
fuck i hate this country sometimes.
our government is just too big for our populace so all our politicians have to do whatever it takes to have the appearance of being busy, when in actuality, there just isn't a lot that needs doing!

Yeah that really does seem to be the problem at this point doesn't it...
Almost like a little kid that's supposed to be doing their homework; not doing it but trying to look busy whenever someone comes in to their room >.<

... It really is a simple matter, we're (almost) the only continent without an R18 rating for videogames, simple fix: add one! there is no need for this runaround BS.

I'm all for keeping violent video games out of the hands of kids... but this seems to be taking it a bit too far...

One step forward, two steps back. You can't say that dropping the MA15+ will favour anything. There are things that are appropriate for the <15 crowd and the 16-18 crowd and then the 18+ crowd.

This country is going to fucking shit guys, seriously. It is TERRIBLE over here at the moment and it's going to get worse. Especially since that dumb old bag is in charge now and has no fucking clue what she's doing, like everybody else in politics.

It's just bizarre how different the politicians are compared to our actual members of society. They're holding our shit back so much.

Trogdor1138:
This country is going to fucking shit guys, seriously. It is TERRIBLE over here at the moment and it's going to get worse. Especially since that dumb old bag is in charge now and has no fucking clue what she's doing, like everybody else in politics.

It's just bizarre how different the politicians are compared to our actual members of society. They're holding our shit back so much.

Aren't we doing better in terms of economy and quality of life than many other countries? Honestly stop the bitching there are more important things in the world than some stupid game rating.

You know what I don't care I just don't care anymore I import my games its cheaper and the original game as well if I buy from America or the uk it's $60 cheaper than buying a $120 game Im sick of getting ripped off in Australia and I knew I was getting ripped off before but after traveling around the world you realize how much we are getting ripped off and its downright horrible

PrinceofPersia:
Suddenly I feel a need to buy Yatzhee a beer keg or two. Having to put up with this...circus would have driven me bonkers.

He just imports them, so if anything, its the people of South Australia that need that keg.

OT; So...the country and the government want the same thing for the first time in history? Fucks sake, why is shit not getting done?!

Yup that's SA for you. For every step forward we take we go back five. Seriously our government can't get anything right!

The_root_of_all_evil:
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Aw mate, your General's are as much use as tits on a bull.

*like'd*

i used to live over 6 years in this damn state. cant say i miss it since i moved to hong kong. just stupid about the rating system there. aussie government are just a pack of dumb ass seat farters who cant get s*** done.
they are anyway like 10 years behind with everything, wile the rest of the world is up to date.

 

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