Audience Member That Exposed Aussie Politicians’ Ignorance is Website Editor

Gaming Today reported on a recent panel of Australian politicians that revealed just how ignorant they were when it came to video games. The whole discussion was caught on video and is shown with a transcript courtesy of GamePolitics.

The audience member that brought up the question on Fallout 3 that made a panel of Australian politicians look foolish is actually an editor for the Aussie site GameArena. “Joaby” brought up the ban of Fallout 3 hoping to open up a serious discussion about video game ratings and censorship that degenerated into the panel slamming video gamers and developers.

As you can see, what happened was far from a serious discussion on the merits of an R Rating for video games and government censorship. Instead, at large, the panelists were led into a discussion of violent video games and, due to archaic views of the average gamer, the discussion primarily devolved into the same “protect the children” commentary the public has heard for years.

Fortunately, what occurred on the show only served to highlight the exact issue at hand… Due to the format of the show it was nigh on impossible for me to refute even the more ludicrous and fantastic claims (Avatar: the rape game by Barnaby Joyce was particularly hard to keep quiet about) meaning the show simply continued to propagate the same antiquated idea already present in the general media about video games.

via GamePolitics

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1 Comment on Audience Member That Exposed Aussie Politicians’ Ignorance is Website Editor


On July 29, 2008 at 5:52 am

I don´t know, the discussion was lead in a fair way and stated the views of nhongamers. I absolutely understand the worries of people that actually have no idea what videogames really are – and to be honest, i share some of their worries.

Some games go very far, there are people out there that have problems and their psychic might be damaged by playing games like Condemned (which i really loved). Still i´m willing to live with the fact, that there might be some people influenced.
I don´t shout: Get rid of all cars, every year a lot of children die by caraccident (and they did not even drove the cars!). Yes it´s a threat, but we decide as a community that it´s a threat worth the benefit.