With just over two days to go until the deadline for public comment on the proposed R18+ rating for videogames, Electric Frontiers Australia has made its submission public.
EFA head Nic Suzor urges people hurry and submit their comments before the deadline
He said, “It is critically important that we explain to the Australian Government that Australians are capable of making responsible decisions for themselves and for their children. You should explain, in your own words, why you believe we should not censor games designed for adults. Two particular points I think it’s important to get across are:
· If you are a parent, explain how you monitor and oversee what media your children are able to watch and play;
· Explain why you would like the opportunity to play games that deal with complex adult themes.”
He continued, “We believe that it is time that Australia accepts that games are not just for children – that games are a highly expressive media capable of conveying complex adult themes that are not suitable for children but which should not be banned. We believe that Australians are capable of making responsible choices about what games we play and what games we allow our children to play.
“We believe, crucially, that introducing an R18+ rating will help parents and all Australians make more informed choices by providing a clear indicator of video game content and aligning games classification more closely with film classification.”