A popular talking point here in Australia, and I’m sure the world, is the classification of violent video games.
Now, here in Australia, we currently don’t have an 18+ categorisation for video games. Highly graphic games are usually categorised into 15+, but extremely violent games can sometimes be banned from entering the country.
The fear with most parents is that the creation of an 18+ category will allow these extremely violent games into the country. This may not be the case though. In my opinion, games should still be reviewed before entering the country; there are truly some horrible games out there.
I don’t wholeheartedly agree with an 18+ category though. I actually think that the whole Australian classification system should be reviewed.
At the moment we just have G (everyone), PG (parental guidance), M (mature audiences) and MA (restricted 15+ unless with parental/guidance permission). In film there is a 18+ category. In other countries, such as countries into the U.K., the classifications system is much more specific with there being much more categories. This means that when your are buying a product, you have a better idea of what themes, language and violence the product will contain.
Now, I’m not condemning the violent games that we all love to play. I don’t think games like Call of Duty should be included in an 18+ category, but for games more like Grand Theft Auto. The variety of content in the 15+ category is just too vast and we need to know for sure what we are going to experience playing these games.
The laws are currently being debated in Australian politics.
Image thanks to http://www.cnet.com.au/video-game-classifications-explained-339301965.htm.