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Submission + - Scores of undead Aussies rally for game rating (computerworld.com.au)

mask.of.sanity writes: Up to 500 gamers hit Sydney dressed as zombies to raise awareness about the lack of an R18+ rating for video games in Australia

The protest began at Hyde Park Fountain last Saturday and lumbered through Sydney, informing the public of the need for a higher classification rating, and causing hysteria in others.

The push for an R18+ classification is long with lobby groups failing for a decade to convince the Federal Government to introduce the measure. But the recent exit of South Australian Attorney General Michael Atkinson — a staunch opponent to an R18+ video game classification — was celebrated in gaming circles as the removal of a signficant roadblock to reform. His replacement is said to support the reforms.

Video games are banned from sale in Australia if they exceed the maximum MA15+ classification. Gamers and industry advocates say a higher rating will prevent the sale of violent games to minors and put Australia's law on par with other countries including the US, the UK and New Zealand. Opponents argue exposure to violent media causes aggression within participants.

You can see Computerworld's slideshow of the pre-zombie bash and the first zombie march here.

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