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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.

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knifefight1220d ago

So starting now, you have to be careful about what the game means when it says "mate."

cl19831220d ago

Not being from Australia, I don't understand how a game rated R18+ would still be censored?

sithsylar1220d ago (Edited 1220d 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....

floetry1011220d ago (Edited 1220d 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.

DeadlyFire1220d 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.

BitbyDeath1220d ago

This is the year when we need an R18.
Last of Us, GTAV, & Until Dawn all have the potential to be R18 games.

tachy0n1220d ago (Edited 1220d 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!

Krew_921220d 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_51501220d 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!

SeraphimBlade1220d ago

Yay! Enjoy your nudity and dismemberment!