Gamers: more scary than bikie gangs (Updated)

Michael Atkinson

Michael Atkinson

In case you missed last night’s episode of Good Game, South Australian Attorney-General Michael Atkinson likened gamers to bikie gangs, and continued to trot out the same old lines that lead to the creation of catch-phrase bingo cards:

“About two o’clock in the morning I had a threatening note from a gamer shoved under my door…”

…he doesn’t mention that this was “about two o’clock in the morning” at least a year ago, as he’s been telling this story at every media interview we’ve heard over the past twelve months or so (as best I can trace, it first popped up in March 2009, in Atkinson’s letter to Kotaku, archived on I’m sure it was scary, and it does make for a good story, but it was (as far as we can tell) an isolated incident that hasn’t reoccurred or escalated to anything more.

Here’s the clip from last night’s show, thanks to Gamers 4 Croydon, a games-focussed political party opposing Atkinson’s views:

Atkinson continues:

“I feel that my family and I are more at risk from gamers than we are from the outlaw motorcycle gangs who also hate me and are running a candidate against me.”

I don’t know whether he’s saying you should be ashamed of yourselves, or a little bit proud. Bikies are pretty scary a lot of the time – to be more intimidating than that takes some effort.

Atkinson, like the rest of the South Australian government, is up for election on March 20th. His seat is being contested by a number of minor parties who object to his policies as Attorney-General, including Gamers4Croydon, obviously, as well as the United Party who take a stand on environmental issues, and – apparently – a candidate representing motorbike gangs.

Cast your vote in a new AdelaideNow poll:
Which group is more dangerous? Bikies or Gamers?

The government’s public consultation on the topic of R18+ for Computer Games closes on Sunday, so if you haven’t gotten your response in yet, you’d better get your skates on. Not sure what to write? I was commissioned by Electronic Frontiers Australia (in conjunction with AusGamers) to write their official submission draft – some of the most important points are listed on their blog.

Thank you, Australian Broadcasting Corporation News


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