Ron Curry, CEO of the Interactive Games and Entertainment Association (iGEA) has welcomed the new R18+ guidelines and express some concerns.
Minister for Home Affairs Brendan O’Connor announced the new guidelines for the upcoming R18+ classification today, which adhered closely to the guidelines for classifying other media.
Curry said: “We are pleased to see this process moving forward and understand that great care has been taken to balance the concerns of those who have resisted an R18+ classification and adults who want to play video games designed specifically for mature audiences and readily available in other developed democracies.”
While the iGEA welcomes the new guidelines and fully supports the move to finally bring Australia up to speed with the rest of the world, it also expressed concern that the Federal Attorney General Department’s own literature review found no evidence to support the notion that videogames have higher impact than other media, yet the new guidelines suggest that they do in spite of this.
Curry continued: “There will be continued debate about whether the interactivity of video games has a greater impact than other forms of media, and we will continue to refer to the lack of the evidence to support these claims.”
“With that being said, we welcome the commitment from all parties involved to seek a reasonable outcome to address this longstanding issue.”
The new rating is currently slated for February 2012 at the earliest.
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