For those that know the name David Leyonhjelm, the Australian Liberal Democratic Party Senator who used recent tragedies as a way in which to push an agenda centered around the softening of gun laws, his speech today about the ills of censorship should probably be taken with a grain of salt. Citing the recent classification refusal of Outlast II as an example the Senator went on to state that "Video games do not hurt anybody, and the Government and Classification Board should leave video gamers alone."
Apparently we're being persecuted. But that viewpoint is fair enough, and his note relating to the average age of gamers being 33 is right on the mark. Should censorship in any form exist? An always interesting discussion point. Outlast II which was refused classification due to implied sexual violence, a straight out no-no in Australia, was cited as another example of overreach.
"This video game takes place in a fantasy world involving all kinds of creatures both human and non-human," said Leyonhjelm. "The mere suggestion of an out-of-screen encounter between a creature and a human character was enough to get it banned altogether by the Australian Classification Board. All of this operates on the false assumption that people who play video games are impressionable children who would play out anything they saw."
Up to this point the Senators speech was logical and understandable, but after this he went on to weirdly relate the above with government officials having restricted internet access to certain sites, including gaming publications. A standard corporate practice by a lot of industries that has more to do with productivity concerns than censorship.
In the end though the fact that Outlast II was refused classification in Australia, and therefore unable to be sold, has sparked renewed interest in overhauling our ratings system.