July 10th, 2006

Reservoir Dogs Ban Leads Aussie Group to Call For R-rated Games Category

As reported by GamePolitics and others, Australia's Office of Film & Literature Classification (OFLC) recently refused classification to Eidos' upcoming Reservoir Dogs, effectively banning the game Down Under.

On Friday GameSpy reported that New Zealand's OFLC had followed its neighbor country's lead, classifying Reservoir Dogs as "objectionable" (and therefore, banned).

But Electronic Frontiers Australia (EFA), an Australian advocacy group has expressed concern about the nation's video game bans, suggesting that a new R18+ rating be adopted to designate games meant for adult players. Currently the Australian game rating system maxes out at 15+. Thus, any game judged by the OFLC to be unsuitable for 15-year-olds gets banned. Films, however, may be rated R18+.

According to APC Magazine EFA Executive Director Irene Graham has expressed concern that the OFLC is beginning to ban games like Marc Ecko's Getting Up and Reservoir Dogs based on the notion that they may promote youth crime.

"It's made worse by the fact that there is no R 18 rating for games," Graham said. The EFA exec fears that pre-emptive bans on games could spread to other forms of media as well.

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