Australia Gets 18+ Rating for Games

Australia Gets 18+ Rating for Games

Mad Max can now stand down

Written by Jonathan Barnes (osubluejacket) on 11 August 11 at 18:08

Australia is a dangerous continent: venomous snakes, poisonous plants, harsh deserts, sharks and the ever-present danger of Paul Hogan just snapping. Even with all of these daily perils endangering their benevolent denizens, Australia has always fought the good fight to keep gamers safe from the worst scourge of all... violent video games.

That is, until today... well, yesterday if you want to get technical.

According to the Australian Labor News, the Law Ministers from all but one of Australia's jurisdictions agreed to support the proposal to introduce an R18+ classification for computer games in Australia.

Minister of Justice, Brendan O'Connor was ecstatic about the decision:

I am delighted that NSW has decided to support what is not just a practical public policy, but a very popular policy.

The introduction of an R18+ classification for computer games will provide better advice to parents and help prevent children and teenagers from accessing unsuitable material.

Once introduced, the new classification will also afford adults the opportunity to view material designed for adults.
With this decision in place, Australians (of age) will now be able to purchase Mature-Rated games that were previously either banned or harshly censored.

So, rejoice, Aussies, crack open a Foster's, throw another shrimp on the barbie and go pwn a noob in http://www.trueachievements.com/Gears-of-War-3-xbox-360.htm .
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Posted on 11 August 11 at 18:09
clap Good news for people all around!!!
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Posted on 11 August 11 at 18:14, Edited on 11 August 11 at 18:14 by CrimsonGaidin
Congrats Australia! Always felt bad about the games you guys missed out on.
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Posted on 11 August 11 at 18:15
Hey! Xeno! Get your ass in here!
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Posted on 11 August 11 at 18:17
Neko Pounce said:Hey! Xeno! Get your ass in here!This laugh
Posted on 11 August 11 at 18:18
Foster's is so awful.
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phew now there will be no more need for illegal underground 18+ gaming clubs
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Posted on 11 August 11 at 18:29
x Jedi Ryan x said:Foster's is so awful.Good thing no Australian drinks it.
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Posted on 11 August 11 at 18:30
I am honestly surprised that there has not been a single person to call you racist on this one. He said Paul Hogan...RACIST!!! Congratulations Australia its about time. Now there is no need for game smugglers....and grape smugglers. Swimmers, how vain.
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Posted on 11 August 11 at 18:32
That's great for Australia. Looks like they can finally get uncensored versions of Left 4 Dead and Mortal Kombat.
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Nobody respects the game rate in my country anyway... But congratulations on the accomplishment!
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Posted on 11 August 11 at 18:39, Edited on 11 August 11 at 18:40 by Pushtrak
Neko Pounce said:Hey! Xeno! Get your ass in here!Its 4:30 am in Australia now, so yeah, I'm guessing you'll not see many people from there post here now.

Edit: Not from there but I boost with enough Aussies to have to have a handle on the time zones.
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Germany is now one of the last countries which censore the games. At least it is legal to import games thanks to the EU.
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Posted on 11 August 11 at 18:42
Wow, I'm really glad for you guys, this was really ridiculous. Big hug from Brazil, :)
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Posted on 11 August 11 at 18:46
x Jedi Ryan x said:Foster's is so awful.But the adverts here in the UK are genius.

They also make it out as a stereotypical Aussie thing.
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Posted on 11 August 11 at 18:50
Awesome! I don't even really know anyone in Australia and I still felt bad every time they couldn't release a game there. Or censored games like Left 4 Dead 2 HARD.
Posted on 11 August 11 at 18:50
Lavindathar said:x Jedi Ryan x said:Foster's is so awful.But the adverts here in the UK are genius.

They also make it out as a stereotypical Aussie thing.
nooooooooooooo, fosters is horrible, lol... what are they brain washing you with over there...

OT, yay, about time we got treated like adults here
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