New video game classification laws

18 plus (640x640)By Travis Schultz

Since February this year, new Queensland laws will restrict the availability of violent video games to people aged 18 years and over. The changes, being spruiked by Attorney General Jarrod Bleijie, will bring Queensland into line with the rest of the Country in restricting games with violent content to adults. By joining a national framework for restriction of access to video games, it is thought that the laws will reduce the opportunity for a black market to develop in which video games were acquired in one state and on sold to minors in another.

Although I admire the spirit in which the new regulations have been enacted, I wonder whether in this day and age, we can prevent determined young gamers from accessing their preferred genre of games. After all, kids these days operate computers, iphones and ipads better than most of us and with internet and online shopping becoming so prevalent, state based laws are likely to have little impact on imports from abroad.

I am all for putting mechanisms in place to avoid our children being exposed to violence in any form, but I suspect that greater control measures than just this legislation will be required.

For retailers however, it is going to be necessary to get across the new regulations quickly given that the laws have taken affect and now ID should be requested prior to selling an R+ rated game to any person who looks as though they may not be 18 years of age.