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Australia is slowly getting closer to an R18+ classification

Following last year’s in-principle agreement between Australian censorship ministers that a new R18+ rating should be introduced, comes news that the bill will be introduced in parliament next month.

The new Federal Minister for Home Affairs, Jason Clare, has confirmed with Gamespot AU that the timeline set in place by former minister Brendan O’Connor will remain unchanged, with the bill being introduced when parliamentary sittings re-commence on February 7. 

While this is good news, Australian gamers shouldn’t expect a swift introduction of the classification, as the bill will need to pass through the House of Representatives, and then the Senate, before it’s even close to being secured. With the recent banning of Syndicate, how many games will we lose before the politicians pull their finger out? But hey, at least something is happening.

15 comments

  • Apocalipto - February 4, 2012 5:14 a.m.

    We just have to hope that internal f*cking around within the government doesn't destroy our chances of getting the bill passed.
  • jackthemenace - January 24, 2012 8:20 a.m.

    .. I seriously don't see why they've been denying an R18+ for games so far, but I do hope this gets passed. Australia deserves to be able to play games uncut, like the rest of the world.
  • Gene - January 24, 2012 12:14 a.m.

    I realise the principle is a serious one (games are for kids while DVDs are for grown-ups, etc) but seriously, it's not that big a deal in practise right now. Can't get Mortal Kombat or Syndicate? Oh well. Neither of them are exactly life-changing experiences. Go play Arkham City or Soul Calibur 5.
  • Hobogonigal - January 24, 2012 2:26 a.m.

    Yeah, but I certainly would have liked to get a proper version of Left4Dead2 instead of the disgraceful port that us Aussies got. Seriously; no decapitations, flaming bodies, guts, explosions and many other cuts. This is why an R18+ rating is so important, I really don't like to see good games meet their death at retail. Yes, this game died at retail in Aus because I was able to buy a copy a few months after release for $12. $110 to $12 is a massive jump and proves that the R18+ is a big deal in Aus and is needed to stay relevant with the rest of the world. Also, whilst Syndicate and Mortal Kombat may not be life-changing experiences for the both of us, there can exist people in Australia that are excited for both of these games and it is unfair that they are going to be unable to play those games. Sorry to rant, but honestly it is a big deal for some of us over here in Aus and this rating is a big step forward for the country.
  • Gene - January 24, 2012 4:58 a.m.

    I find it notable that you considered Left 4 Dead 2 a lesser game because of the lack of decapitations and entrails. Why? Everything important was still there: the tension, the tactics, the Director. Why was it therefore inferior? This isn't even about R18 - I'm just curious. (If the answer is 'Because I can't enjoy something without loads of blood and dismemberment', then Jack Thompson had a point.)
  • MercurialForce - January 24, 2012 7:47 a.m.

    I think it's because a lot of people don't want a neutered experience with their entertainment - imagine Pulp Fiction or the Sopranos without the violence, language, drugs, or sex. Your argument that games like Mortal Kombat or Left 4 Dead aren't life-changing games is irrelevant. The game should still be available, as designed, with an appropriate rating. Saying to go play Arkham City or Soul Caliber also makes no sense - what you like isn't necessarily what I like. Even so, I don't think that those who don't like what I like shouldn't have access to it. I'm not a big Batman fan, I wouldn't consider Arkham City to be life changing. That said, I still think it should be available for sale, as the developers intended.
  • Hobogonigal - January 24, 2012 9:07 a.m.

    As an Aussie I got a lesser port of the game and it felt weak compared to what it should have been. A scary horror game is just simply not scary if zombies simply vanish and there is no representation of the player's actions. It is similar to if I paid to watch the film Zombieland and everytime a zombie was killed it simply vanished because this content was not seen to be appropriate to 15 year olds(thank god this doesn't happen). Doesn't seem like a quality or immersive product does it? If an adult wishes to purchase this product in its full entirety, why shouldn't they be allowed? It does not promote any kind of sick or harmful actions that could harm society. This is why I said that the R18+ rating is important for Aussies, it allows adults to play games that they should be permitted to play but have been disallowed because apparently everyone becomes mature at age 15...
  • taokaka - January 24, 2012 2:33 p.m.

    scary horror game isn't scary, hhhhmmmmmmmmm interesting. But maybe if you just think I kicked that zombies ass so bad he has fled to another dimension or I'm so badass I erased your existence with my awesomeness, then maybe you won't feel so bad about their bodies disappearing.
  • Hobogonigal - January 25, 2012 12:35 a.m.

    Right! That somehow makes an awful part of a game sound awesome but still be awful...
  • ultimatepunchrod - January 24, 2012 8:01 a.m.

    This isn't about games not being a "life-changing experience". It's about the Australian gov't telling ADULTS what they can and cannot play. That is simply ridiculous and should be changed. Does blood make a game? No. But that's not the point. If a person from Australia wants to play a bloody game, she/he should be able to.
  • kingsmikefan - January 23, 2012 9:32 p.m.

    Hello, Mr. Prescott, welcome to the Dar
  • aaronbuhagiar - January 23, 2012 8:03 p.m.

    Wait a minute if they gonna allow 18+ ratings games here in Australia that means we should be f****** allow the newest Mortal Kombat
  • somerandomchap - January 23, 2012 11 p.m.

    My friend has MK and we live in Aus, you just have to but games off the internet, i got BF3 limited edition off the web for $80 the week it came out, in the shops it would have been marked up to $120. No one buys from stores because it's overpriced and you don't have to worry about games being banned.
  • FPL4293 - January 23, 2012 11:20 p.m.

    Wow makes 60 bucks on a game in America look puny. Sorry dude.

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