It was confirmed by Australian Minister for Censorship that online games such as Second Life is banned in the country. There was confirmation from Censorship Minister Stephen “Goebbels” Conroy and according to his spokesperson it was added “under the filtering plan, it will be extended to downloadable games, flash-based web games and sites which sell physical copies of games that do not meet the MA15+ standard.” The MA15+ means restricted to those people ages 15 and above.
The Australian rating is different because it doesn’t have R 18+ or rating for computer games. All games for adult are place in RC or Refused classification. Last December 2007, the Australian Government censored online games and other R rated computer games because of its pornographic and illegal material. There are certain forms of ‘hate speech” found in them. Recently, last January 2009, they further put censorship to those dealing with political issues as well as copyrighted content.
It is surprising because this policy has always been known to everyone. When Conroy was asked, he didn’t give direct answer. The more Australian government confirms the issue, the more totalitarian the policy is becoming if compared to China.
Second Life banned in Australia
By: Julian White
Monday, 29 June 2009, 8:42 (EST)