As a lot of you know, Australia has no R18 rating for videogames. Causing all sorts of kerfuffle when a game with bad language or drugs or any sort of (gasp!) adult content tries to cross our shores.
Most of this is due to one man, Michael Atkinson, South Australia's Attorney General who is single-handedly keeping Australia's R18+ rating to be allowed. Thus making any game deemed R18 by the OFLC unable to be classified or sold in this country.
Sad I know, but somebody is actually doing something about it!
Melbourne man David Doe has taken it upon himself to run against Michael Atkinson in his seat of Croydon in SA. In doing this he's hoping to finally bring an R18+ rating for videogames in Australia, developing a more realistic and respectful public image of the videogaming public along the way.
If you want to support his campaign, with donations or just moral support, check out his Gamers 4 Croydon website
and facebook group
However, if you want to help right now
and you live in Adelaide, David will be at Rundle mall's balls today
getting signatures to support his campaign between 5.30 and 6.30 pm
. If he gets over 150 members he will be able to officially register the Gamers4Croydon party with the South Australian Electoral Commission, and shit can get serious!
So if you're in Adelaide today, aged 18 or over and are eligible to vote, I advise you go pay Mr Doe a visit and help this great cause out.
Links: Interview with David Doe Gamers 4 Croydon website Gamers 4 Croydon Facebook group
p.s. Just two things to note how much of a legend David Doe is; 1) Any money he receives through donations that isn't used on the campaign will be given to Child's Play. 2) He's road-tripping from Melbourne to Adelaide today just
to get the 150 members' signatures so he can register the party.
LOOK WHO CAME: