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Submitted by cl1983 975d ago | news

Australia's R18+ classification for video games kicks in

Australia's government finally admits that adults play games.

Until today - that's January 1st, 2013, in case you haven't been keeping track - Australia was one of the few developed nations without an 18+ classification for games. Previously, the highest rating available was MA15+, meaning any game not suitable for 15-year-olds was automatically refused classification and ended up either effectively banned from sale, or censored into oblivion à la Left 4 Dead 2. (Culture)

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knifefight  +   975d ago
So starting now, you have to be careful about what the game means when it says "mate."
cl1983  +   975d ago
Not being from Australia, I don't understand how a game rated R18+ would still be censored?
Chard  +   975d ago
It wouldn't be.
sithsylar  +   975d ago
Well considering games can still be banned in Australia even with this R18+ rating its pretty much pointless..... It wouldnt be censored just refused classification and that can still happen....
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floetry101  +   975d ago
Refusal of classification under the new rating system would be something like Manhunt getting banned, which I can understand. I'm from Australia and I can tell you that this is a HUGE win for gaming adults and something that should have been established a very long time ago. Hopefully we'll see a Left 4 Dead 2 patch, Syndicate, Mortal Kombat and a number of other titles finally reach our shores.
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DeadlyFire  +   975d ago
Australia had only up to 15+ rating. Meaning any Mature title released in EU/US with MA/18+ Ratings would make them censored down to 15+ rating of Aus or not show up at all in the country.

Now Australians can enjoy all games uncensored now as anything released there can have an 18+ rating now.
BitbyDeath  +   975d ago
This is the year when we need an R18.
Last of Us, GTAV, & Until Dawn all have the potential to be R18 games.
tachy0n  +   975d ago
i hope retailers in the US ask for IDs when people buy M17+ games and make you sign something, (like if they detect a minor is playing the game they could ban you), why you may ask?

to stop those annoying 12 year olds from playing COD, BF3 etc they ruin everything!!!

im so glad for the Australians!
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Krew_92  +   975d ago
GameStop requires you to show an I.D for M rated games, but only parent or guardian. This is so flawed because anyone can show the I.D for the minor, I've seen minors ask random adults for help in the store for an I.D check.

You can never stop minors from playing, too many parents give in to their child's whining and buy them whatever they want without even researching what the product is before letting their children play.
Y_5150  +   975d ago
It was annoying doing that when I was 16 years old. Asking a parent to show the clerk an ID so I can get my God of War on!
SeraphimBlade  +   975d ago
Yay! Enjoy your nudity and dismemberment!

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