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Post by darkjedi @ 02:11pm 23/11/09 | 49 Comments
He's at it again!
South Australian Attorney-General and video game censorship advocate Michael Atkinson is to appeal the MA15+ rating handed out by the Classification Board to Modern Warfare 2.

Speaking to Radio National, Atkinson was asked for his views on the recently released game, described by interviewer Peter Mares as violent and bloody and graphic and confronting.

Ill be appealing against that classification, I think its wrong, said Atkinson.
Source: Kotaku article drawing from this discussion about the R18+ situation on Radio National.

Thoughts? I can't help but think that if he succeeds and the rating for Modern Warfare 2 is raised to RC, this could prove to be an interesting catalyst in the ongoing debate around the R18+ situation.

Edit by trog: dotarray has done some more digging on this subject and has more information in this article featuring more great quotes, such as Atkinson saying "I have no trust in the Classification Board to apply the guidelines sincerely or correctly".



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trog
Posted 07:52pm 23/11/09
Promoted and updated with some more infoz

edit: anyone else thinking Atkinson might be getting kickbacks from Activision? This is the best press they could have gotten! "Quick, buy the game now before it's banned"!@#!#@#!@
parabol
Posted 07:54pm 23/11/09
edit: anyone else thinking Atkinson might be getting kickbacks from Activision?

Been spending some time in Faceman's company?
blaze0041
Posted 08:06pm 23/11/09
[rant]
Ugh, the last thing we need is more games being banned...
Despite the publicity, it's tearing apart the local gaming industry.
And Atkinson contradicts himself YET AGAIN: "I have no trust in the Classification Board to apply the guidelines sincerely or correctly". If only he just LET the R18+ rating go ahead, we wouldn't have this problem (or the problem would just become negligible). The inconsistencies in the Classification Board's decisions are mostly HIS fault.
[/rant]
Carson
Posted 09:16pm 23/11/09
What will happen to the copies in Aus that've been bought if it does get banned? Will they release a censor patch for all games in Oz? Or anyone who has it so far is fine, anyone wanting to buy it is screwed?
Proportion
Posted 10:34pm 23/11/09
i think atkinson is wrong but that doesnt mean i can get him refused classification and kicked out of the country does it? how can only 1 person have such control. makes me sick. at least he is going to get voted out soon.
ravn0s
Posted 10:43pm 23/11/09
atkinson is the jack thompson of australia, except worse.
trog
Posted 10:54pm 23/11/09
i think atkinson is wrong but that doesnt mean i can get him refused classification and kicked out of the country does it? how can only 1 person have such control. makes me sick. at least he is going to get voted out soon.
What makes you think that? A mate of mine told me he smoked it in easily last election, miles ahead of his closest opponent.
tspec
Posted 10:59pm 23/11/09
Didn't he say he couldn't be bothered paying attention to people playing in virtual worlds?


That was the first thing I thought as well. Quite hypocritical really.
Articuz
Posted 11:05pm 23/11/09
could somebody just f***** shoot him already..
blaze0041
Posted 10:35am 24/11/09
could somebody just f***** shoot him already..

We would only be proving his (misinformed) opinion that we adult gamers are too 'violent' for our own good...
Besides:
A) Our gun laws prohibit ownership of a live firearm without a genuine reason (hunting, pest control, etc.) and the permit that is issued after said genuine reason is given for any weapon except those in Category R/E (Flamethrowers, MGs, AT guns, etc.).
[sarcasm]Does Atkinson count as a pest to the introduction of an R18+ rating?[/sarcasm]
B) The best way to hurt his currently massive ego is to vote him out. Mental attacks are potentially more damaging than physical attacks. Easier said than done, however, at this point in time, I certainly think its possible. Vote for the G4C party in the S.A elections in 2010!
Shakul
Posted 02:56pm 24/11/09
This guy is nothing but a grandstanding idiot, who is lapping up the national attention that this issue is getting him. Without this, he wouldn't even be a blip on the national radar.

Let's hope the the SA Premier's sex scandal washes away that whole corrupt and incompetent government.

"could somebody just f***** shoot him already.."

You need to grow the f*** up. It's comments like that, that get quoted on radio over and over again as 'proof' of his position.
Reverend Evil
Posted 03:13pm 24/11/09
It's so frustrating when you have one douchebag ruining it for the rest of the population so I can see why people say "someone should kill him". In a perfect world that would work.

But unfortunately that just makes his point even further. Which is totally wrong anyway.

>8-(
orbitor
Posted 03:21pm 24/11/09
ok we need a non-gamer to shoot him :P
greazy
Posted 03:45pm 24/11/09
That's impossible as nearly everyone games one way or another. You play soccer on your xbox? gamer. You play chess on your phone, gamer, you play a bit of cricket on a flash site, gamer, gamer gamer.
Hogfather
Posted 03:53pm 24/11/09
Dirty, dirty gamers.
Art Vandelay
Posted 02:40am 26/12/09
More like Michael Atichead!

How the hell does AvP get unbanned but they reconsider slapping the banned tag on MW2?
whoop
Posted 04:27am 26/12/09
MW2 should have been refused classification in every country due to the lack of dedicated servers. I welcome any move that takes away sales from MW2 for that reason alone.
Martz
Posted 07:19am 26/12/09
I believe the makers of AVP said that the game was aimed for adults!?!?!


What makes you think that? A mate of mine told me he smoked it in easily last election, miles ahead of his closest opponent.


must be all the family first bogan and conservative types and ofcourse they are the majority.. You're not cool unless you vote for the children!

Btw if his appeal is successful (i wouldn't be surprised), what will happen to steam copies, will steam just automatically block us from playing it and refund us the money? also who has to do the refunding?? I reckon it should be Atkinsons campaign that does the refunding..

last edited by Martz at 07:19:02 26/Dec/09
Tollaz0r!
Posted 10:13am 26/12/09
Doesn't the law ban the sales and distribution of the game? So if it was sold prior to the law you could still play it, just not buy it again. Technically not download it again too ?
MatchFixa
Posted 01:32pm 26/12/09
Half the quotes are from Bush Administration regime officials
Fixed for accuracy.
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