Senator David Leyonhjelm for Australia’s Liberal Democratic party hit out at the government and the classification board for their lack of progression concerning adult orientated video game content. In focus was the classification board’s decision to not give a classification for Outlast 2.
In a refreshingly insightful comment that shows Leyonhjelm actually did his homework rather than just spouting false information to make his point, Leyonhjelm addressed Senate saying
This video game takes place in a fantasy world involving all kinds of creatures both human and non-human. The mere suggestion of an out-of-screen encounter between a creature and a human character was enough to get it banned altogether by the Australian Classification Board. All of this operates on the false assumption that people who play video games are impressionable children who would play out anything they saw. Yet the internet is now awash with all manner of unpleasant images involving real people – not computer generated images – and violent crime around the world is in decline.
He went on to explain that Australia’s public servants and politicians are blocked from accessing video game websites while at work. Leyonhjelm claims that this is “presumably because we might stumble across an image of something somebody disapproves of on a medium we don’t understand.”
Ending his speech to the Senate, he said that the government keeps sending signals of “censorship, disapproval and discouragement” to the gaming community and that authorities “should leave video gamers alone.”
Outlast 2 is available this April for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.