For release: Wednesday, January 2, 2013

The Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) today said the comments by Mr Ron Curry, chief executive officer of the Interactive Games and Entertainment Association (iGEA), illustrates just how poor the decision was by the Government to make a change to allow an R18+ classification for computer games in late 2012.

Managing Director of the ACL, Mr Jim Wallace, said that Mr Curry’s statement that the new category “was an acknowledgment that there should be content for the adults who play games” highlights the profit-making motive clouding the issue.

“Mr Curry is the chief executive officer of the Interactive Games and Entertainment Association that represents the interests of its member companies in the computer and video games industry. Members include Microsoft, Nintendo, Sega, and Warner Brothers who clearly will make significant profits from this new classification category, and it is these profit-making interests that Mr Curry represents,” Mr Wallace said.

“What we now have is the same level of ‘high impact’ violence and sexually explicit material in films transferred to games. The highly repetitive and interactive nature of games means that the effect of this material will be even greater on those who play these games.” Mr Wallace continued, “the American Psychological Association and the American Academy of Paediatrics have both warned that violent video games are causally related to later aggressive behavior in children and adolescents.”

“Notwithstanding the R18+ classification, like the MA15+ games it will only be a matter of time before these games also make their way into the hands of children,” Mr Wallace said.