South Australian Attorney-General orders review of a dozen MA15+ titles at cost of over $330,000

John Rau

By on November 7, 2013 at 5:13 pm

The Classification Board will soon undertake a review of a number of MA15+ games after receiving an official request to do so from South Australia’s Attorney-General John Rau.

Games to be reviewed include Killer is Dead, Alien Rage, Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Blacklist, Deadly Premonition the Director’s Cut, Company of Heroes 2, God Mode, Borderlands 2: Add-on Content Pack, Fuse, Deadpool, The Walking Dead, Gears of War: Judgment and The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct.

Rau has previously expressed his concerns that game classifications are not being adequately restricted back in September.

Ron Curry, CEO of the Interactive Games and Entertainment Association (iGEA), expressed his shock at the move.

“Not only have these games already been examined against stringent guidelines, we also haven’t heard of any formal complaints made by parents or adults who think the video games are wrongly classified,” said Curry in a press statement. “The review is an unwarranted and costly exercise to satisfy a vocal yet unrepresentative minority.”

In the same release, the iGEA point out that at $28,000 per review, such an exercise will cost the taxpayer $336,000.

Members of the public are invited to comment on the review, and details on how to do so can be found here (PDF).

Source: Press Release

48 comments (Leave your own)

omfg what a waste of time, does that looser not have anything better to do?

edit could an admin please remove his picture from the article? makes me want to punch my monitor.

 

I’m sure the government will love over a quater of a million dollars being used to re-classify something when they are trying to cut spending everywhere they can.

 

scared:
I’m sure the government will love over a quater of a million dollars being used to re-classify something when they are trying to cut spending everywhere they can.

This … they’re cutting country health in this state like crazy, bit ridiculous that they can find money to piss away on this though.

 

South Australia: The Wowser State.

 

wish i could be paid to review my own work

 
Ralph Wiggum

I’ll say to the Attorney General the same thing I’ve said to gamers who similarly whinge about the Classification Board’s decisions: stfu and leave the decision-making to people who are paid and qualified to make the right decisions.

 
Pants on the ground

What a total clown.
They could have payed me $1000 a game and I’d have happily re-reviewed them.

 

He has genuine concerns and given his job he’s actually taken a fair enough avenue to address them. It’s not like he’s decided what he personally believes is right and proper and then unilaterally inflicted those views on everyone (like certain other attorney generals in the past have).

Not that big of a deal and really not that much money when you’re talking about the government.

 

yurtles,

You know I’d like to agree, but all that money for this seems a little…wasteful to tell the truth. I’m not completely sure where that money is going.

 

yurtles,

I didn’t know you had an account here, John.

 

ralphwiggum,

Paid they be, but qualified well who is to say?

 
Ralph Wiggum

pantyraider:
ralphwiggum,

Paid they be, but qualified well who is to say?

Given that 99% of their decisions go unchallenged, I’d say they’re doing their job pretty well.

 

Gotta justify their jobs somehow.

 
Nasty Wet Smear

ralphwiggum: Given that 99% of their decisions go unchallenged, I’d say they’re doing their job pretty well.

I challenge almost every one I see reported, but nobody cares.

In the mean time, this money could be spent on finding out why the R+18 classification doesn’t get used from the other end of things instead… I’d like to know why all the petty renames and rejections.

 

I’d like to know what an Attorney-generals job actually is? seems to be just video game related lately? like is there job to actually regulate media? I thought their job title would be Media Regulator not “Attorney-General” making a stir and looking important seems about it. Why do we even have one any-more? isn’t he a delegate of the Queen? who even remembers we have one of those anyway? she gives me a day off once a year, is about as far as I know.

 

What a fucking waste of money.

 

Wow, what the deal with SA having the most anal retentive AG’s?

 
|3lack|)eath

Has Johnny Rau played all these games to come to the conclusion that game classifications are not being adequately restricted so spends all that money just to get them looked at again?

 
Ralph Wiggum

piedude:
Wow, what the deal with SA having the most anal retentive AG’s?

And they’re all from the Labor Party as well. Is gravity upside down over in SA?

 

Pity poor AG Rau. He is feeling left out. Queenslands Bleijie is getting all the attention, and there’s not much happening in SA, so….

 
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