"No conclusive link between violence and videogames" says country with super-tough censorship laws

   02/12/2010 at 08:51       Phil May       0 COMMENTS.
Source - Computer and Video Games
 - Australia, Violent videogames, Classification, Censorship, Brendan O' Connor

Australia is well known for taking a pretty tough stance on violent videogames. Nearly every single version of Grand Theft Auto has come under close scrutiny by the Australian Government, and games are frequently taken off shelves in the land down under.

Oddly though, Australia's first official investigation into the links between violent videogames and real-life violence came up with a surprising set of results.

"From time to time people claim that there is a strong link between violent crime or aggressive behaviour and the popularity of violent computer games. The literature does not bear out that assertion." said Brendan O'Connor, Federal Minister for Home Affairs.

"Classification ministers across Australia are carefully considering the pros and cons of introducing an R18+ classification for computer games--restricting the viewing of these games to people aged 18 and above."

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