South Australian attorney-general Michael Atkinson is to appeal against Modern Warfare 2’s 15+ rating in the country.
Atkinson accused the Australian classification board (OFLC) of trying to ‘get games under the radar’ on a national radio program, and called it’s decision to approve Modern Warfare 2 ‘wrong’.
He later told Gamespot in a statement:
I worry about any game that encourages gamers to perpetrate extreme violence and cruelty on screen, but this game [Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2] allows players to be virtual terrorists and gain points by massacring civilians. Expecting game designers to be responsible by not glorifying terrorism will always lead to disappointment."
Australia currently does not have an 18+ rating for games, which means any title that doesn’t receive a 15+ or below is effectively banned from sale in the country.