Gambling starts with games - SA government warning

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Gambling starts with games - SA government warning

According to the South Australian government, anyone that plays games must have a gambling addiction. After all, gambling starts with video games.

That's the message in a new anti-gaming campaign from the South Australian government.

The website, nogame.com.au, states "Gambling is NO GAME – look out for online games that simulate gambling," warning parents against simulated gambling in video games, which includes everything from Mario to online poker.

The ad, featuring a kid playing an iPad at a poker table, comes with an announcement that South Australia wants all games simulating gambling to be rated at least MA15+ — but even games like the G-rated Super Mario 64 DS warn about simulated gambling because of its mini-games.

Likewise, most Pokémon games feature slot machines. Under the proposal, these games, aimed at kids, would be re-rated MA15+ in SA.

Picture source: @DanNolan

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  • A_Toaster 342 XP 11/12/2013 +8
    Goddamn it this is embarrassing [Facepalm]
  • Huddo 29677 XP 11/12/2013
    the numbers on their so-called 'research' page are so laughably low that its ridiculous.

    i can see the problems with games that are solely about slot machines and other gambling activities like poker etc that involve spending real money. but games that feature a spin the wheel or slot machine type minigame to get an in-game bonus should not be affected.

    i do find it troubling how the slot machine iOS games are always at the top of the 'highest grossing apps' in the app store
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  • Tano 334995 XP 11/12/2013
    lol SA Labor really hate games don't they.
  • Jayden27 2028 XP 11/12/2013

    @Tano said: lol SA Labor really hate games don't they.


    This. Sadly, this.
  • luke_skip 1678 XP 11/12/2013 +1
    I suppose you shouldn't be able to buy a pack of cards until you are 15 either since they are used in casino games. What a load of crap, our society is becoming too sensitive and politically correct for it's own good.
  • Glynn735 2 XP 11/12/2013 +2
    SA has stooped to a new low
  • Vanquish 3191 XP 11/12/2013
    I thought people would have learnt to ignore this sort of shit by now. [Facepalm]
  • Guyver 429004 XP 11/12/2013 +3

    Tano said: lol SA Labor really hate games don't they.




    Pretty sure who ever started this campaign were raised under power lines.
  • Gryllis 338852 XP 11/12/2013
    There's an election in SA next year. That explains it.

    Moral panics like this are just pre-election rubbish.
  • MX_Xizz0R 3468 XP 11/12/2013 +2
    I was drinking way before I was gambling.
  • Jakerz 1301 XP 11/12/2013
    I thought gambling started with childhood trauma and broken families?
  • capt_oats 36581 XP 11/12/2013
    Hahahahahaha this is a joke right?
  • Gryllis 338852 XP 11/12/2013

    @Jakerz said: I thought gambling started with childhood trauma and broken families?


    I think that's crack?
  • Jakerz 1301 XP 11/12/2013

    @Gryllis said: I think that's crack?


    Ah, that would explain the existence of South Australian politicians! ^_^
  • Leasha 92107 XP 11/12/2013
    Although I have no actual statistics of my own to back up what I'm about to say I do believe SA has a gambling issue that indeed may be effecting the 'younger' generation a lot more so than other states.

    All I have to go on is that out of 10 couples I grew up with in Adelaide who have recently married/moved into together, 8 of their partners have serious gambling issues.

    Whether it's on the Footy, the horses or just heading down to the local pub and playing the pokies for hours on end.

    Do I think it's because they were gamers when they were young, hell no. Are all these guys friends- nope, they all come from different walks of life, in fact many are professionals in their industries.

    I personally blame Adelaide for being boring and offering nothing else to do. I genuinely think the state has a bigger issue with gambling but of course this isn't even close to the answer.

    Now feel free to slam me :P
  • stonecold 32481 XP 11/12/2013
    Geezs, really [Facepalm]
  • Gryllis 338852 XP 11/12/2013

    @Leasha said: Although I have no actual statistics of my own to back up what I'm about to say I do believe SA has a gambling issue that indeed may be effecting the 'younger' generation a lot more so than other states.
    All I have to go on is that out of 10 couples I grew up with in Adelaide who have recently married/moved into together, 8 of their partners have serious gambling issues.
    Whether it's on the Footy, the horses or just heading down to the local pub and playing the pokies for hours on end.
    Do I think it's because they were gamers when they were young, hell no. Are all these guys friends- nope, they all come from different walks of life, in fact many are professionals in their industries.
    I personally blame Adelaide for being boring and offering nothing else to do. I genuinely think the state has a bigger issue with gambling but of course this isn't even close to the answer.
    Now feel free to slam me


    Nah, I don't think so. If anything SA has quite a small gambling culture because the casino is terrible.

    And I've met way more people that bet on sport in Victoria than SA. I don't think location has anything to do it with. It's the individuals and maybe how they're raised.
  • Tano 334995 XP 11/12/2013

    Guyver said:

    Tano said: lol SA Labor really hate games don't they.


    Pretty sure who ever started this campaign were raised under power lines.



    Awesome insult lol
  • Leasha 92107 XP 11/12/2013
    Indeed.

    Like I said I don't have any real evidence, just what I've heard from their wives/gf's

    I know they have a MASSIVE pub culture down there which in turn these days leads towards people having a meal then heading over to the pokies for a bit of fun.

    But yeah no actual evidence of my thoughts.

    I do certainly agree a lot of these issues start in the home though. Just like drinking/drug use.

  • zurczner 7681 XP 11/12/2013
    Wow. right after the new research about Video games being actually GOOD for a child's brain development.
  • SilentOne 11168 XP 11/12/2013
    wow, thats really sad..
    Poor human being ):
    Feel sorry for people who dont know what the **** they're talking about.
  • Pilkingbod 99451 XP 11/12/2013

    Leasha said:
    I personally blame Adelaide for being boring and offering nothing else to do.
    Now feel free to slam me


    Hell no.
    I'm all for slamming Adelaide.
  • Mitchel140 3 XP 11/12/2013
    sa you've f**ked up again
  • Pact 21905 XP 11/12/2013
    Yes! lets raise the age of all games in SA to 15+ Call of Duty and Super Mario Land 3D. The same level of violence, and lots or swearing in Mario!

    But whats this? Little Jimmy's mum just bought him a game? Like she and a **** tonne of other parents do all the time.

    This won't change shit.
  • barters81 4924 XP 11/12/2013
    Yet in SA you can grow cannabis under certain conditions.....

    Go figure.
  • Rashy 37276 XP 11/12/2013

    Gambling starts with games - SA government warning



    Hey SA government, I'm a gamer and I bet you $50 it doesn't.
  • tsubibo 3994 XP 12/12/2013
    [Facepalm]
  • Tano 334995 XP 12/12/2013

    Pilkingbod said:

    Leasha said:
    I personally blame Adelaide for being boring and offering nothing else to do.
    Now feel free to slam me


    Hell no.
    I'm all for slamming Adelaide.



    At every opportunity *nods*
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