An Senator has criticised the Australian Classification Board following its ban of survival horror title Outlast 2 last week.
Outlast 2 was refused classification (i.e. banned) in Australia thanks in part to a scene of implied sexual violence.
As reported by IGN, in a speech delivered to the Senate yesterday, Liberal Democratic Party Senator David Leyonhjelm urged the Government to leave gamers alone.
"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," said Leyonhjelm.
"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."
Leyonhjelm also noted that politicians and public servants are "blocked" from accessing games websites like "Polygon, IGN, PC Gamer or Gameplanet". Ah yes, the big four.
"This is presumably because we might stumble across an image of something somebody disapproves of on a medium we don’t understand," Leyonhjelm said.
"Prime Minister Turnbull claims to have an innovation agenda, but every signal we send to the gaming community in this country is of censorship, disapproval and discouragement.
"Video games do not hurt anybody, and the Government and Classification Board should leave video gamers alone."
As IGN's Luke Reilly notes, Leyonhjelm is a divisive figure in Aussie politics. The 64-year-old has attracted criticism for utilising events like the Sydney’s Lindt Cafe siege and Melbourne’s Bourke Street vehicle attack to promote his calls for softer gun laws.
There's more over at IGN.