Interview: Classifying Video Games
In this item from community radio station 2SER's weekly Media Magazine program, Richard Harris speaks to David Haynes, Deputy Chief Censor from the Office of Film and Literature Classification (OFLC), about violence and sexual violence in video games.
They also discuss the fear generated by new technology. At the time the standing committee of Attorneys-General was considering a range of new measures for classifying games and potentially restricting their sale.
This item of national importance provides an excellent insight into the OFLC's thinking around game classifications. The interview is styled as a conversation which makes it more of a personal experience for the listener.
This clip is an excerpt from a longer interview that runs for over eight minutes. A classification system for video games came into force in 1994, although the R18+ adult rating was not introduced until 2012 and has been in operation since 2013.