August 20, 2007 Statistics show that computer games are no longer the domain of children and teenagers yet the general perception exists that games are corrupting our children and should be subject to censorship. Indeed, so strict is the current ratings system in comparison to film ratings that Factor 5 president Julian Eggebrecht described the current censorship regime as McCarthyism in his keynote today at the prestigious Games Convention Developer’s Conference in Leipzig. The keynote, entitled “No Sex, No Drugs, and Little Rock and Roll” covers the history of the ratings system for both films and games and the bizarre inconsistencies between them. TheGamergene has full video of Eggebrecht’s fascinating and thought provoking presentation here.
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Mike grew up thinking he would become a mathematician, accidentally started motorcycle racing, got a job writing road tests for a motorcycle magazine while at university, and became a writer. As a travelling photojournalist during his early career, his work was published in a dozen languages across 20+ countries. He went on to edit or manage over 50 print publications, with target audiences ranging from pensioners to plumbers, many different sports, many car and motorcycle magazines, with many more in the fields of communication - narrow subject magazines on topics such as advertising, marketing, visual communications, design, presentation and direct marketing. Then came the internet and Mike managed internet projects for Australia's largest multimedia company, Telstra.com.au (Australia's largest Telco), Seek.com.au (Australia's largest employment site), top100.com.au, hitwise.com, and a dozen other internet start-ups before founding Gizmag in 2002. Now he writes and thinks.All articles by Mike Hanlon