Australian Ban Of Aliens vs. Predator Sparks Controversy
If you weren't aware, the upcoming Aliens vs. Predator has been refused classification in Australia, which essentially means it's banned from the country. But why?
Well, we're not entirely sure but according to GamesIndustry.biz, Australia's Attorney General has issued a semi-explanation. Michael Atkinson was quite frank in his support of the board's decision not to hand out a classification: "You don't need to be playing a game in which you impale, decapitate and dismember people." This was said during a recent ABC News interview, where Atkinson defended his country's policy on not providing an 18+ or Mature rating for video games. Said Atkinson:
"This is a question of a small number of very zealous gamers trying to impose their will on society. And I think harm society. It’s the public interest versus the small vested interest. I accept that 98 per cent, 99 per cent of gamers will tell the difference between fantasy and reality, but the 1 per cent to 2 per cent could go on to be motivated by these games to commit horrible acts of violence."
But also included in that ABC feature were statements from Australia's IGEA (Interactive Games and Entertainment Association) CEO Ron Curry, who said, "it doesn't seem democratic that a single Attorney General should be able to dictate what the vast Australian population can interact with." And then came the comment that all gamers and journalists are more than thankful for, and quite ready to embrace for the benefit of the ignorant. Curry added:
"The government trusts us to be adults with films, but they only want us to be children with games."
Couldn't have said that better myself. If you're banning Aliens vs. Predator, I had best not see "Hostel" show up for sale in Australia. Oh wait, it did. But after all, I'm still a child and I play video games (but I don't watch movies) and I need to be told what I can and can't do, right?
Related Game(s): Aliens vs. Predator
12/11/2009 12:27:53 PM Ben Dutka