As nearly everyone in Australia knows, Australia holds the strictest censorship of games in the western world. But that may soon come to an end. Michael Atkinson, the South Australian Attorney General and the man almost completely responsible in preventing Australia from adopting an R18+ rating for games, is stepping down from the front bench. He will remain in parliament until 2014. Atkinson has said:
“I think there ought to be renewal in the ministry. I think there are talented people on the Labor backbench who deserve a go.”
National backlash has been directed toward Michael Atkinson from many video game fans over the years. With MA15+ being the highest rating a video game can contain in Australia, developers have been forced to edit the content of video games to fit within the Australian protocols. Until January, developers of God of War 3 were worried the newest adventure of Kratos wouldn’t be allowed in Australia because of the strict censorship. With Atkinson stepping down, perhaps everyone in Australia can soon enjoy the original content of mature games the way they’re meant to be enjoyed.