Atkinson targetting MW2
November 24, 2009
Alas yet again I find that South Australian Attorney-General Michael Atkinson as a topic of discussion amongst the news writers and readers of the gaming and eSports communities. This time it’s in regards to Modern Warfare 2, the recently released installment of the hugely successful Call of Duty series. Previously MW2 has made headlines around the communities in regards to Dedicated Servers (or lack of for PC players) as well as the apparently controversial “No Russian” scandal which resulted in Infinity Ward providing a “Disturbing Content Notice” in which if you wish to play ALL the levels as intended by the developers, you have to select “No, I will not be offended”. However this seems like a curious point-of-call for Atkinson as Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 has already been released on both Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and the PC through Steam as well as retail. Currently it is rated MA15+ but with Atkinson appealing the rating, there’s obviously some pretty significant consequences if he gets his way as the only other option is RC (Refused Classification).
Which begs the question, what is Atkinson expecting to achieve? With over 5 Million units already sold worldwide and generating over $500 million in revenue the potential hysteria and complexity to achieve a recall for all of Australia is too astronomical to imagine.
“It doesn’t surprise me. The Classification Board in Australia does everything to try to get games in under the radar. But just because the system is not being applied properly, it does not mean that the principles of the system are wrong.
“What I want the Classification Board to do is to apply the guidelines properly. What I don’t want is the extremely violent, sexually depraved, drug use games in Australia at all. At the cinema, we can stop people under 18 going in to see R18+ rated movies. We can’t stop these games that are extremely violent and depraved from getting into the home or getting into the hands of children.” Atkinson stated during an interview with Radio National.
I cannot understand his thinking, R18+ dvds are just as available as R18+ games would be. The difference is, in my opinion, it would be harder to get R18+ games as you can easily download an R18+ movie, but with a game more often then not you do need some form of key to install.
For those who know me, this R18+ topic does frustrate me more than most other topics. It’s hard to believe that Atkinson is trying to get rid of a game that I’ve just finished playing for the night, with over 40 hours worth of in-game time. And I’m not feeling inclined to go on any murdering sprees or anything like that, so it has obviously not effected me to the extent that one certain Attorney-General might believe.
Perhaps the word ‘exaggeration’ might be used at some point to describe the suggested effects of these so-called ultra-violent video games.
We’ll just wait and see what happens with what probably is a futile attempt at best considering the momentum of MW2 at this point in time.