Australien förbjuder graffiti-dataspel

The Classification Review Board i Australien har förbjudit försäljning, demonstration, uthyrning och import av Marc Ecko’s Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure.


The decision was endorsed last night by the Federal Attorney-General, Philip Ruddock, who had asked the board to review of the game’s MA15+ classification after local councils and state governments voiced concerns that the game would promote graffiti.

Det ironiska är att spelet utspelar sig i en framtid där yttrandefrihet saknas, och graffiti är det enda sättet att få fram sina åsikter. Och varför förbjuds dataspel, men inte filmer eller böcker?

The President of the NSW Council for Civil Liberties, Mr Cameron Murphy, described the basis of the ban as ””ridiculous”.
”We don’t ban films that include criminal activities – we would not see The Godfather if this policy was in place with films.” he said. ”The problem is clearly the Classification Review Board does not understand the technology.”

Mr Ecko: ”If a kid wants to learn how to write on the wall, he or she will figure it out. They have done it since prehistoric times, in fact.