For those out of the loop, Australia currently doesn’t have a censorship rating for videogames over M for mature (Apologies, MA+ for mature). Which boils down to any game aimed at adults being banned down under.
Some of the more famous titles that have fallen under the archaic laws of this oppressive regime are GTA IV, Fallout 3 and most recently Sexy Poker.
However oddly enough it seems to be only videogames that the government can’t handle as Australia has managed to legalise prostitution, have more sex shops than supermarkets and is quite happy to strap a 14 year old to a lie detector test (however that one didn’t go down so well when she claimed she had been raped).
But yet the government feels the people can’t handle Nico shooting his way through a videogame.
Yesterday this idiocy was brought into an even starker light when I got home from a day out with the family at about 5pm (on a Sunday), and my 6 year old daughter switched on the TV to watch some cartoons while I made dinner.
Only to come face to face with Sharon Stone at her dirtiest in Basic Instinct on TV1. TV1 is part of a pay TV package that boasts a fairly family line up. For example today at those times we have Bewitched, Sabrina the Teenage Witch and Everybody loves Raymond.
So it’s okay to push soft porn on our children, bombard them with overly sexual adult ads and publically humiliate children on the radio but don’t you dare allow a grown adult to play a videogame aimed at adults.
Could you imagine the damage that could occur if one of our innocent children picked up a copy of Fallout 3, rather let them go watch that groovy Basic Instinct instead. That’s surely less harmful.
Last Updated: August 24, 2009