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R18+ Classification: What you need to know

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Image: Shaun Greiner/Flickr (Creative Commons) Yesterday was a day to celebrate if you are a gamer. Not only because of the fact it was a brand new year, but also because video games finally now have an R18+ classification. It may have taken ages (mainly because of South Australia’s opposition), but Australia now has an adults only video game rating. So, what happens now? Here are the things you need […]

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 […]

SA Attorney-General wants MA15+ removed

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So you want an R18+ rating for video games, huh? Well you might have to have to make some sacrifices Australia, as South Australian Attorney General, John Rau, wants the MA15+ rating to be gone by the time R18+ games are introduced. That’s right. There will remain 4 ratings: G, PG, M and R18+ if he gets his way. Yesterday he told the Adelaide Advertiser that he wants the category to be scrapped, so that […]

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 […]

Former QLD Premier backs R18+ rating call

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While Australian gamers might rejoice over the fact that the biggest opponent, South Australian Attorney General Michael Atkinson, is no longer, there has still not been any progress for an R18+ games rating. Well, now, the cause can add one more person to support their cause – former Queensland Premier Peter Beattie.

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 […]

SA Attorney-General blocks debate over R18+ rating

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Australia may still be the only developed country in the world without an adult game rating after South Australian Attorney-General rejected plans to publish results of the SCAG public consultation, announced in March of this year; effectively putting a block on the discussion process of the battle to have an adult game rating. The only good news out of this is that there is one supporter for the new classification […]

Gaming industry to launch new campaign to allow R-rated games

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The gaming industry, represented by the Interactive Entertainment Association of Australia (IEAA), will launch a brand new campaign tomorrow to pressure governments to allow an R18+ rating for games, bringing it in line with Australia’s movie classification system and most of the developed world who have an adult rating, like the United States. An R18+ rating would allow games with sexually explicit and violent scenes be allowed to be sold […]

No plans for R18+ for games: Labor

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Game classification has been a tough debate between those who want the rating and the politicians. Neither political party has said that they will support the classification, even though Labor has invested money into broadband and high definition television. The classifications previously didn’t include PG, but had G8+; but that cause havoc between game developers. A huge revamp out of the classifications systems over on movies, DVD, television and gaming […]