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Victoria Govt: We’re not scrapping MA15+, “progressing” with R18+ changes

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Image: Shaun Greiner/Flickr (Creative Commons) The Victorian Attorney-General’s office has finally responded to two simple questions that we sent them back in March, Yes, it has taken them this long to actually come up with a response, but gamers can sleep a little bit easier as they have confirmed to us that they will not be scrapping the MA15+ when they introduce the amendments to their classification law. “Victoria has […]

South Australia AG to scrap M and PG ratings for video games when R18+ laws are introduced

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Image: Shaun Greiner/Flickr (Creative Commons) In a radio interview with 891 ABC Adelaide, South Australia’s Attorney-General John Rau has outlined his new classification laws, declaring that he will scrap not only the MA15+ rating, but the M15+ and PG ratings as well. The proposal would see any game classified MA15+, M15, and PG-rated games move up to R18+ territory only in South Australia – where people over the age of […]

R18+ Classification passes House with bipartisan support, heads to Senate

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Image: Shaun Greiner/Flickr (Creative Commons) The House of Representatives have passed the R18+ classification amendment for video games, meaning that the law reaches its final hurdle – passing the Senate. However, as seen by the support in the House, then it will most likely pass without any hitches. All political parities – including the Coalition – voted in favour for the Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Ammendment (R18+ Computer […]

R18+ Classification Bill finally introduced to Parliament

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Image: Shaun Greiner/Flickr (Creative Commons) The bill that will see an R18+ classification for video games has now been finally introduced to Parliament. Introduced by Minister of Home Affairs Jason Clare, it has now been tabled and will be debated tomorrow. The bill, Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Amendment (R 18+ Computer Games) Bill 2012, simply inserts R18+ in several sections of the current Act. How a game is […]

SUCCESS: Australia finally gets an R18+ rating for video games

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Screenshot of Mortal Kombat – a game that has been given an RC classification The attorneys-general from the states and territories, in addition to their federal counterpart, have now agreed to create an adult classification rating for video games sold in Australia, finally aligning the system with its other Western counterparts. All states and territories, except for the NSW Government, have agreed to support the proposal to create an R18+ […]

AGs delay R18+ rating decision till March

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Well, the Attorneys-Generals of all the states and territories, in addition with their federal counterpart, have made their decision for the R18+ rating – they are going to postpone making a decision until March of next year. That’s according to the industry’s peak representative body, the Interactive Games and Entertainment Association. However, despite a “disappointing” result, this does not rule out the possibility of the rating being introduced or have […]

Gang-based MMO banned by Classification Board

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The Classification Board has added another game to the refused classification list, effectively banning the sale of the game; as the R18+ debate still continues. The game in question, CrimeCraft, is a third-person shooter that allows the player to challenge and beating rival gangs in a lawless city. However, while the Classification Board has said that that violence is okay, it was banned because “there is insufficient delineation between the […]

Classification website hacked after Conroy makes appearance on ABC show

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The Australian Classification Board’s website, classification.gov.au, has been cracked a few moments with a prank message after Senator Stephen Conroy made his appearance on the ABC current affairs panel show Q&A on Thursday evening. “The site contains information about the boards that have the right to CONTROL YOUR FREEDOMZ,” the message said. “The Classification Board has the right to not just classify content (the name is an ELABORATE TRICK), but […]