Australian attorney-general refuses to back 18+ game rating
Despite Left 4 Dead 2's controversial banning, rules look unlikely to change
The introduction of an 18+ age rating for videogames in Australia is looking unlikely as South Australian attorney-general Michael Atkinson continues to oppose such a move.
It's an issue that has recently been brought to the forefront after the country's ratings board refused to classify Left 4 Dead 2, effectively banning its release.
However, it won't happen unless all of the country's attorney-generals consent to a new rating - and keeping violent games out of the hands of minors is an issue Atkinson feels strongly about, reports news.com.au.
He believes that games have a greater influence on consumers than viewing a film or reading a book due to their interactive nature.
"People are participating and 'acting-out' violence and criminal behaviour when they are playing a video game," he commented.
"It certainly does restrict choice to a small degree, but that is the price of keeping this material from children and vulnerable adults. In my view, the small sacrifice is worth it," Atkinson added.
Valve confirmed earlier this month that is would appeal the Australian board's decision to deny Left 4 Dead 2 a rating. An EA spokesperson has said that it believes adults have the right to make their own choices when it comes to the content they consume.