Over 90% of adults in Australia are in favour of an R18 rating implemented for video games. So, what’s this X18+ business that I’ve got up at the top of the page?
I’m firmly of the belief that if we are to bring the video game classification in line with the film classification system that we should do the job properly first time. An X18+ rating exists for movies, and subsequently an X18+ rating should exist for games.
How many of you have played pornographic games in your lifetime? It’s certainly not a new thing. There have been countless incarnations of strip poker over the years for example. The older amongst you would remember games such as Stroker and Girls They Want To Have Fun on the Commodore 64. There are certainly earlier examples out there. A quick Google search will bring up many sites offering adult games that you can play in your web browser.
While creating X rated games does not interest me professionally, there is no denying that there is a market for them. As long as there are humans, and as long as we feel the need to engage in the act of coitus, there will always be demand for pornographic material.
I am also among those who find it deeply ironic that while the act of death can be portrayed in G rated material, the act of creating life will fetch an M rating or higher depending on how explicit the act is.