** Senator Lundy Supports the GAME / EveryonePlays / PALGN Campaign for an R18+ Game Rating System **
After many months of discussions with Senator Kate Lundy and her office, I am happy to announce that the GAME / EveryonePlays / PALGN petition – calling for a mature video games ratings system – was yesterday tabled yesterday in the Australian parliament.
To quote Senator Lundy:
“The absence of an R18+ computer games classification creates something of a grey area for parents. There is limited guidance for parents or young people, creating a risk where games are purchased that they are not suitable”, said Senator Lundy.
“It is my view that if such games were able to be classified R18+ in the first instance, then parents would have greater peace of mind that the games rated MA15+ their children are playing are in fact, age appropriate”, continued Senator Lundy.
You can take a look at the Senator Lundy’s speech at the following:
Over the campaign, we have maintained a single focus – the introduction of an R18+ classification for video games will help parents and guardians in understanding which games are suitable for children and which are not. This message is one that resonates with Senator Lundy, who is also a parent and understands that adults need more information at retail to help them make better purchasing decisions.
On a factual note, in what is a history making petition, in just 8 weeks, 89,210 Australians signed the GAME / EveryonePlay / PALGN petition in support of a change in PC and Video game ratings. Independent auditors BDO have verified that 89,210 petitions were signed in GAME stores across the country.
You can take a look at the official count from BDO auditors here:
Tabling the GAME / EveryonePlays / PALGN petitions in the Australian Senate will help censorship ministers understand that a record number of everyday Australians support a change in PC and Video game classification. Petitioners signed in record numbers in GAME stores were mums, dads, grandparents, young adults, new gamers and, of course, core gamers.
Family gaming is now the fastest growing segment of the video games market, and it is important for all video games to provide a clear message with regards to their content. Some games are played by everyone, but some are really only meant for those over 18. And, right now, because there is no R18+ classification in Australia, some content that should be rated R18+ is currently rated MA15+.
It's my mission to change Australia’s media classification laws. It may not be over yet, but we are getting much closer.
Many thanks to all those who signed our petition!