Let me first say that the Australian ratings board is broken. How can GTA4 get through on an MA15+ rating while Mortal Kombat is not only refused classification, but gets put on a black list as a big no no to ever own. Now at this point I’m not arguing over the violent content of Mortal Kombat, it’s just to me playing a character who sells drugs, guns people down, and basically causes mayhem is far more dangerous in the wrong hands than a game that has over the top violence that would never be able to be duplicated in a 100 years. (I say 100 because who knows what mutations me may have past that) The fact is we in Australia need an R18+ rating for games, so that we actually have not only an effective guide for people, but one that isn’t hypocritical.
|Australian Ratings: Everything past MA15+ is not |
applicable to games. Also the X18+ is for adult
My wonderful parents actually allowed me to watch some R18+ movies when I was only 11-12. They knew I really wanted to watch them, and so decided to let me but they actually monitored me as I watched them. They would have pulled the plug on the experiment as soon as I started behaving funny. They realized that it doesn’t matter about what the rating says, they are responsible and therefore they are the ones who will make the decision on what I watch. Sure the ratings guides are there to be used as (drum roll), guides, but they are not meant to be the law. Every child is different, every situation is different, and people need to take responsibility for their decisions, and not let it all hang on the ratings systems.
|A world of half naked men, and car gangs await us if we don't take responsibility.|
Look I’m not the most knowledgeable person in the world. The fact that I get my blog out at a somewhat semi regular basis is a wonder. The Monkey Cage if anything is something for me to get the anger out. The reason I post it, is maybe it might help people. But after all this I guess the one thing you should take away from this is people have to be given responsibility again. If a child does something horrendous, then the questions shouldn’t be directed at what they watch, hear or play, but rather at the people who have taken responsibility for them. Also getting away from children, people themselves should not be allowed to use the television, movies or game as a shield against their actions. Sure most don’t get away with it, but some have fed the media a little and suddenly they are the victim. Just be good to each other people.