Something happened today that may set events in motions that will change my life. Late last night, the Gamers 4 Croydon party posted a photo on their Twitter feed that showed that Michael Atkinson had been re-elected as the Member of Parliament for Croydon in South Australia. My heart sank when I saw this, as Atkinson is seemingly (he disputes this) the sole opponent of creating an R18+ for videogames in Australia. Then this morning, Atkinson announced he would continue as the MP for Croydon, but he would step down in his role as Attorney General. JOY!
So what now? There will be a new Attorney General appointed at some point, and he or she may or may not be more open to the idea of a R18+ rating for videogames. They may be vehemently opposed to it, and we'll be back at square 1 again. Frankly, I'd rather be here staring into the unknown as opposed to the certainty of no progress on the R18+ issue for another 4 years. Credit to the Gamers 4 Croydon party for winning a small chunk of the vote (Atkinson claimed less that 1% of voters would vote for them); it was a big ask to win the seat but the group did gamers proud by actually standing up for what they believe in.
So for now, we wait......
LOOK WHO CAME: