video We highly enjoyed this Sunrise broadcast in which Gizmodo & Kotaku’s Seamus Byrne takes on the Australian Family Association’s Damien Tudehope in a debate about whether Australia needs a R18+ classification for video games.
I agreed broadly with Byrne’s argument, and think that the AFA’s was reactionary and particularly poorly thought through. However, I think one thing that this debate is lacking is a more intelligent look at whether “very intensive adult-themed games” are appropriate for 15-year-old kids. I was playing such games when I was younger than that — as well as reading “very intensive, adult-themed” literature such as a little fantasy horror series called Lord of the Rings. And I like to think I turned out OK :)
Kids aren’t imbeciles, people — they know the difference between fantasy and real life. At the moment, it’s many adults who are living in a fantasy world with respect to video games — our youngsters have a great deal more common sense and need less policing than people give them credit for.