Have your say: Gamers are having their say on R18+ video games.
Have your say: Gamers are having their say on R18+ video games. Crystal Spencer

Tweed supports ratings change

IT is game on in the Australian senate.

More than 450 signatures supporting the introduction of a R18+ video gaming classification in Australia have been collected from Tweed City Shopping Centre video game retailer Game.

The signatures, collected over eight weeks, added to the 89,000 signatures amassed nationally in support of the ratings change.

The support was so strong it beat out the 2005 WorkChoices online petition according to PAL Gaming Network director Roland Kulen, who said Tweed gamers were committed to seeing a change.

“We’ve seen a lot of votes come from the non-metro areas,” Mr Kulen said.

“It surprised us and it was absolutely fantastic.

“The WorkChoices online petition count was a key issue, among others, that brought down the Howard Government, I feel our petition count represents the ‘voice of Australian society’ on the R18+ game classification issue.”

Mr Kulen said the petition was expected to be tabled in parliament shortly.

“Taking the petition to the senate is a key step to showing the Government that everyday Australians really want an R18+ gaming classification,” he said.

Game managing director Rob Lukic said the current classification system was outdated.

“Some games are played by everyone, but some are really only meant for those over 18. And right now because there is no R18+ classification in Australia, some content that should be rated 18+ is currently rated MA15+,” Mr Lukic said.

“By tabling our petitions in the Australian Senate our voice gets formally heard; and we definitively hope the speed of the government’s so-called further consultation process is dramatically increased.”

Mr Lukic said under the system, games only suitable for adults were either pushed into the MA15+ category or simply banned altogether.



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