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Australian Gamers Finally Get an R-18+ Category 69

Posted by samzenpus
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Dexter Herbivore writes "A lot of Australian gamers are saying, 'finally' as legislation passed parliament to support the introduction of a R-18+ category for games. From the article: 'Jason Clare, the Minister for Home Affairs has just announced that R18+ for games is set to become a reality, after legislation successfully passing through the Federal Parliament, having just gone through the Senate without amendment.'"
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Australian Gamers Finally Get an R-18+ Category

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  • Where you can legally buy a video game.
    Hell, it's about time.
    • by Anonymous Coward
      Since when did Australians care about doing things legally? Isnt that how they got there to begin with?
    • by Haoie (1277294)

      Little too late for all the games which got refused classification in Aus, and consequently weren't released here in NZ!

    • by donaldm (919619)
      The problem is this legislation has to be endorsed by all state governments and it only takes one state (six off) to stymie the whole proposal.
  • Thank God they finally get to see boobies and guns. Huzza!!
  • worst case we have to buy something with a warning label. other countries its illegal to sell stuff with bad words in the dialogue

  • premature elation (Score:5, Informative)

    by Cyko_01 (1092499) on Monday June 18, 2012 @01:11PM (#40360795) Homepage
    Each state still needs to pass complementary legislation for it to become a reality since classification remains a state issue
    • Re: (Score:2, Funny)

      by Anonymous Coward

      premature elation

      A very significant concern now that Aussies finally can buy ... ... oh, wait, sorry, I misread the title of your post.

    • Re:premature elation (Score:4, Interesting)

      by SurfaceMount (749329) on Monday June 18, 2012 @08:42PM (#40365399)

      since classification remains a state issue

      Yep and its still the same story there, only takes one state to block it.
      I predict there will be a dispute about what classifies as 18+, religious groups will want the current 15+ to become the new 18+, with what should be 18+ remaining banned from local sale. Backwater religious dominated state wont get their way, so will refuse to sign the new legislation.

      Not holding my breath for any advancement to actually take place, all that will happen, if anything, is that current 15+ games will require 18+ photo id to purchase like alcohol.

    • by dbIII (701233)
      Actually the big deal here is after a decade or more of negotiation all of the states finally agreed.
      It came so close so many times, and then a newly elected government in a state would get some cheap "for the children" publicity with a single press release to throw a spanner in the works.
  • I bet now a bunch of retailers refuse to carry +r18 games, so publishers/developers still will make censored versions for Australia.
    • Since Game went out of business, we only have small retailers, EB games and chain stores. Chances are you're right but at least we can import without classification restrictions now.
      • by Sir_Sri (199544)

        EB is owned by the mega giant game company gamestop.

        But even then, the world is moving digital. Now you'll be able to list XBL, PSN and Steam/impulse/windows store etc. games that are R18.

        • by HTH NE1 (675604)

          Just like how ESRB Ao-rated games are listed on XBL, PSN, etc. in the US today. Oh, wait: the console makers don't allow any Ao-rated games to be played on their hardware in the US.

          Plus the console makers can excuse themselves by saying they were never designed for the R-18+ rating and opt not to push an update to recognize and thus enable their play, to preserve their family-friendly image.

          • by Sir_Sri (199544)

            AO is effectively banned. ESRB M and PEGI 18 are both available on the various networks.

            The last tier of censorship and categorization exists as place to to dump material that doesn't appear to have any value.

    • by Swampash (1131503)

      prediction: every game that is presently "MA15" will get moved to "R18", and everything that is banned... will remain banned.

      • by Sir_Sri (199544)

        That's unlikely. Everything that is currently banned was banned because it was not deemed not appropriate for 15-18 year olds, and there was no way to have an adult rating.

        Imagine trying to have 'children;s' television/books/etc. What counts as 'children's'? exactly? There is, I think, a reasonable point at which some content is not appropriate to marketed as for some ages. Even if you're not talking about sex and violence you're talking about material the child might understand (material for 8 year old

  • Now where the hell is my Atari 2600? Damnit!

  • http://www.smh.com.au/national/letters/media-ownership-not-the-right-way-to-steer-debate-20120619-20m1s.html?skin=text-only [smh.com.au]

    Scroll down to "A fool's paradise" to see an example of the fucking curmudgeons that this will drive out of the woodwork.

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