In this report, one thing that stood out is the 30% of the participants have confusion with the MA15+ rating (1). Games are going to be used as an example for this. If it’s games then there shouldn’t be any confusion at all as most games, along with their rating, have a small description of what that games contains.Below are three games, figure 1(2), 2(3) and 3(4), where three ratings are clearly stated and explained.
It’s easy to see the difference but there is also a table using the Australian classification made for even easier distinction. Figure 4(5) is of Halo 5, figure 5(6) is Call of duty: Black Ops II and figure 6(7) is GTA 5.
As these go into more detail than just the sticker on a game’s casing, there should really be no confusion. However, there might be people who argue about the rating is confusing due to people under 15 can still purchase it.
The classification information of MA15+ is laid out clearly on “classification.gov.au”(7). From looking at it, the main note that should be pointed out that games with this rating is legally restricted to persons over 15. Though it does say “Children under the age of 15 may not legally watch, buy or hire MA 15+ classified material unless they are in the company of a parent or adult guardian”(7). As this isn’t a commonly known fact, it could explain why some people are confused, but while that quote is fact, some children can still purchase the games. The responsibility of the distribution of these games are now all dependent on the staff that provides the minor with “illegal” content.
Though the statistic of 30% of participants being confused about MA15+ did capture attention, after researching it, it still is surprising. There are multiple places for the persons to obtain information on the rating and be knowledgeable on the difference between the ratings.However, there is always the chance of a child receiving a game with this rating due to the guardian or the staff not checking for proof of age.
(1) Jeffrey E. Brand Ph.D and Stewart Todhunter 2015, Digital Austalian Report//2016//, viewed on 5/11/2015, http://www.igea.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/Digital-Australia-2016-DA16-Final.pdf
(2) Target Australia N.D, Halo 5 Guardians – Xbox One, viewed on 5/11/2015, https://www.target.com.au/p/halo-5-guardians-xbox-one/58293720
(3) Target Australia N.D, viewed on 5/11/2015, Call of Duty Black Ops 2 – PS3, https://www.target.com.au/p/call-of-duty-black-ops-2-ps3/52603488
(4) ozgameshop.com N.D, Grand Theft Auto GTA V (Five 5) PS4 Game (Austalian Stock), viewed on 5/11/2015, http://www.ozgameshop.com/ps4-games/grand-theft-auto-gta-v-five-5-ps4-game-australian-stock
(5) Simon Mawson 2015, Review:Halo 5: Guardians (Xbox One), viewed on 5/11/2015, http://www.gametruckaustralia.com.au/review-halo-5-guardians-xbox-one/
(6) Commonwealth of Australia N.D, Call of Duty:Black Ops II, Viewed on 5/11/2016, http://www.classification.gov.au/Pages/View.aspx?sid=2YeYjUUZoyRLZyloxMUgYA%253d%253d&ncdctx=qDBPj7AYHzjUwy8SWNQ1J35k7iwO2zK9syg0EGMZD%2bVMYZsL1eIux0gS5O1tApnEzaaG%2bhzbzuzgn8p8izvAdQ%253d%253d
(7) Commonwealth of Australia N.D, Grand Theft Auto V, Viewed on 5/11/2016, http://www.classification.gov.au/Pages/View.aspx?sid=1rhDjetqedVcsbMwMH44Tw%253d%253d&ncdctx=p9Yyq3r76ook5ChysK81a24VmyCFXk%2bB9bRkBd8faLXrQsQPhBJgRy2AB6SQ5V%2b%252fSIcKn96R9MBIj1WNylQ6YQ%253d%253d
(8)Commonwealth of Australia N.D, Mature Accompanied (MA15+), Viewed on 5/11/2016, http://www.classification.gov.au/Guidelines/Pages/MA15+.aspx