I’m all for applying the same standards for classification to all media. With this in mind, I ask: what exactly would cause the game to not be rated MA15?
Is it violent? Yes, but can you say it’s more violent than Saving Private Ryan?
Is it bloody? Yes, but can you say it’s more bloody than District 9?
Is it graphic? Yes, but can you say it’s more graphic than Children of Men?
Is it confronting? Yes, but can you say it’s more confronting than Elephant?
I have used four movies rated MA15+ in Australia as examples. These films are available on DVD and can be purchased just as freely as MA15+ rated video games. I have played Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 thoroughly and I can honestly say that this game has not been more violent, bloody, graphic, or confronting than those movies.
It saddens me that more time and money will be spent by the Government on this game than is necessary. Perhaps the collective “I told you so” from the general public after the game has been reclassified MA15+ will make Mr Atkinson pause and rethink. More likely though, it will turn him against the Classification Review Board as well. The fight may be about to get harder, ladies and gentlemen.