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Video Game Classification in Australia is Still Broken

Tynan Muddle at Aussie-Gamer.com writes: "At the start of this year, the Australian Classification Board hailed in a reform of the system that was supposed to allow a fairer approach to video game ratings.

Six months later, it’s business as usual. Video games are still being banned despite the allowance for an adult rating.

The much sought-after “R” rating for video games was brought in on January 1, 2013 and instantly allowed adult-orientated games to be classified in Australia. Prior to that date, any game considered unsuitable for a 15-year old to play was refused classification and banned from importing into the country. Had a gamer been caught trying to buy the banned game from an international store, the game would be seized by customs and the “criminal” charged up to AU$100,000 for his attempt.

Nothing has changed."

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SockeyBoy1063d ago (Edited 1063d ago )

Great article. I thought the R+ rating was to get away from this nonsense. Aussies use to have the option of importing banned games from New Zealand (or anywhere really) , but its pretty scary now considering there is a massive fine if you get caught.

ShaunCameron1063d ago

I heard Brazil did that when Bully came out. They banned the game, seized it at customs from anyone trying to import it and EVEN arrested some people for having a copy.