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More on Violent Video Games

Further to Greg’s post on the Brown v EMA decision, I thought it might be worth mentioning, by contrast, the position in Australia where violent and sexually explicit video games have typically been banned from sale within the country.  The federal and state governments are now considering the introduction of an R18+ rating for these games (a rating that has previously been in place for movies but not games).  This would allow the sale of these games to adults, but not minors within Australia.  Australia does not have an express constitutional guarantee of free speech, unlike the United States.  Thus, governments are able to make content-based restrictions on speech.  Paradoxically, the lack of a free speech protection in Australia enables the government there to protect minors in a way that governments in the United States cannot.