Ah Australia, that dear island country that is populated with all manner of disgusting creatures ready to to kill you at a moment's notice. And the wildlife isn’t too safe either.
This is a sad day for all of us who loved making fun of the Australian censors but at the same time it’s a great day for any gamers who actually live in Australia.
Iâ€™ve always maintained that when it comes to gaming scenes in a country, nobody has it as bad as Australia. Well, maybe ze Germans also have it bad, but the Australian government seems to get their panties in a bunch a lot more often than those from the land of pretzels and lederhosen. When I hear South Africans moaning about how â€œterribleâ€ the gaming scene is in our country, I have to stifle the urge to kick them in the nuts before I point out that our government couldnâ€™t care less whether we butcher digital zombies or not. This is not the case in Australia though, as the country has been without a higher games rating than 15+ forever. It looks like that could finally be changing. Why does it matter to us? Well, because games have been globally altered in the past so as to appease the Australian sensitivities; games like Fallout 3 for example.
Michael Atkinson in the infamous South Australian attorney general has finally accepted that his ideals are outdated and has announced his resignation from politics.
However the kicker is that he is still obviously quite the good politician and even though he has announced his resignation he will only be stepping down after the next full election inâ€¦ 2014. Democracy at its finest.
Obviously the archaic lack or R18 rating in Australia is now coming to an end but depending on how pedantic Michael really is it could take up to 4 years for the laws to be altered.
There is a news story doing the rounds at the moment about the infamous South Australian Attorney General, Michael Atkinson, stating that gamers are scarier than bikie gangs.
Apparently a gamer, or possibly 2, have slipped death threats under his door at 2am because he wonâ€™t change his stance on allowing R18+ games to be sold in Australia.
Coincidentally he has previously said that if gamers continue to threaten him he will never allow R18+ games to be sold in Australia.