Michael Atkinson Reveals Gamer Threat Details

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A spokesperson for Michael Atkinson, the SA Attorney-General opposing the R18+ rating for video games, told News Ltd that the threatening note slipped under the Attorney-General’s door was delivered over a year ago.

The note, it also transpires, had been given to the police, although the South Australian police department has not revealed whether it was followed up.
In a story comment submitted to AdelaideNow, Mr Atkinson elaborated on the threats and said he has become the target of a vicious smear campaign.
“Those lobbying for an R18+ category for interactive games have put a threatening message made entirely from individual letters cut from different magazine headlines and glued to a page underneath my door between 2am and 2.30am,” he said.
“Those lobbying for an R18+ category have spammed my electorate office email by subscribing me to dozens of email feeds from US Government agencies without my consent.
“Those lobbying for an R18+ category for games have attacked my Wikipedia entry and added fictitious material purportedly about my childhood and claimed that I have a different sexuality from the one I actually have.
“Those lobbying for an R18+ category have disseminated criminally defamatory emails claiming that I am a paedophile, among other things, and defaming my children.
“Most of these are in such bad taste that they cannot be republished in the mainstream media.”
However, he did acknowledge that such gamers were in the minority.
“I accept that most of those lobbying for an R18+ category for games have not done these things and do not condone them,” Mr Atkinson said.
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