Aussie Parliament approves R18+ game rating

Australian players are one step closer to being allowed to blow limbs off virtual foes and bathe in their blood, as the Parliament today passed legislation officially approving the creation of an adults-only 18+ rating.

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A lack of an adults-only 18+ rating for video games has seen players down under denied opportunities to rend flesh and bone and bathe in arterial spray, but those days are one step closer to over. The Australian Parliament today passed legislation approving an 'R18+' rating for games, which the classification board should be able to start doling out by January 2013.

Australia has long held an 18+ rating for other mediums, but 15+ was the highest for games. This has meant games including Left 4 Dead 2, Mortal Kombat and Syndicate were denied classification, prohibiting them from sale. Some tone their gore down, while others take their ban on the chin like the blood-soaked rebels they are.

"These are important reforms over 10 years in the making," Jason Clare, the Australian Minister for Home Affairs and Minister for Justice, said in an announcement. He added that the reforms "mean that adults are able to choose what games they play within the bounds of the law."

For many years, the creation of R18+ had been blocked by one or two dissenting members of Australia's Standing Committee of Attorneys-General, who finally approved it last year.

The next step is for Australia's states and territories to set up regulations for R18+ games. Once that's out the way, it should all be go for the rating to go live in January 1, 2013.

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    June 18, 2012 8:00 AM

    Alice O'Connor posted a new article, Aussie Parliament approves R18+ game rating.

    Australian players are one step closer to being allowed to blow limbs off virtual foes and bathe in their blood, as the Parliament today passed legislation officially approving the creation of an adults-only 18+ rating.

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      June 18, 2012 8:43 AM

      i am happy for them, now they don't have to buy if from some black markets or pirate it, good for everyone!

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        June 18, 2012 8:47 AM

        Now we just need to talk about the pricing.

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          June 19, 2012 6:28 PM

          Yup.

          Although I hear that this is also up for discussion already... for all tech sold to Australians.

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        June 19, 2012 1:40 AM

        Of worse, New Zealand!

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      June 18, 2012 9:12 AM

      'Bout damn time.

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      June 18, 2012 11:02 AM

      The question is will stores carry the R18+ rated games.

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        June 19, 2012 12:49 AM

        it shouldn't be a problem, we won't get people boycotting stores here if they do

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      June 18, 2012 2:30 PM

      excellent news !!!
      i am moving to Oz next year and one of my biggest concerns was where will i get my fix of games !!!
      many of today's exciting games have some degree of moderate violence, adult material etc etc.. and i didnt want my share of enjoyment curbed because of inadequate legislation..
      but after this news, i can rest in peace.. and play with pleasure !

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      June 18, 2012 2:51 PM

      ok now I can move back

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      June 18, 2012 2:57 PM

      its about time. Its been a long hard fight.

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      June 19, 2012 2:04 AM

      so happy :D

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