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Australian R18+ Rating Begins to Roll Out in Canberra
Written Tuesday, March 27, 2012 By Richard Walker
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Canberra will be the first city in Australia to introduce the proposed R18+ rating, piloting the scheme later this week before the certificate finally goes national in 2013. News of an R18+ rating for Australia has been doing the rounds for a long time now, with an approval passing back in August of last year.

The Australian R18+ certificate has since been submitted to parliament last month, and this latest development sees the rating getting one step closer to being introduced across the country. The bill means that previously banned titles like Mortal Kombat and most recently, EA and Starbreeze's Syndicate will all eventually see the light of day in Australia.

"This is part of a national reform that will allow adult gamers to view R18+ material in the same way that can already be done for film and printed material," said Australian Capital Territory Attorney-General, Simon Corbell [via ABC]. "But at the same time it will also provide protection to parents and children by giving parents better guidance about what material is and is not appropriate for people under the age of 18."

It's been a long time coming... Roll on 2013.

[Via Edge Online]


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Comment #1 by Maestro
Tuesday, March 27, 2012 @ 11:15:54 AM
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Congrats my Aussie Brothers

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Comment #2 by SplicerXT
Tuesday, March 27, 2012 @ 11:32:00 AM
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Hooray! :D Finally we're getting this done!

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Comment #3 by shay-d
Tuesday, March 27, 2012 @ 12:30:07 PM
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Gotta love censorship.

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Comment #4 by ZACHSP8
Tuesday, March 27, 2012 @ 12:40:26 PM
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Thats good, they can final play some grown-up games without having to import them.LOL

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Comment #5 by The Cosmic Suff
Tuesday, March 27, 2012 @ 01:10:54 PM
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Hooray, well deserved my Aussies!

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Comment #6 by Diagonis83
Tuesday, March 27, 2012 @ 04:42:40 PM
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Hooray. Hopefully this passes the Senate.
Only thing is any games that have been banned before the passing of this, will stay banned. So still no Mortal Kombat on the shelves. But it's still a big step for us

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Comment #7 by jay_oxford
Tuesday, March 27, 2012 @ 05:11:23 PM
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Yes from what I heard on our show here "Good Game" the bill still has to go to senate but considering there was no resistance to introduce the rating it will go through without any hiccups

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Comment #8 by P_Pigly_Hogswine
Tuesday, March 27, 2012 @ 06:26:44 PM
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As an Aussie gamer, I applaud this, but ultimately I'm unaffected by it. I've been importing games for years. Partly because you can get banned or uncut versions, but mostly because of the price. I can import a game from the other side of the planet for a third of the price I can get it around the corner.

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Comment #9 by AlphaCookie
Wednesday, March 28, 2012 @ 01:26:04 AM
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I'm sure Ben Yahtzee will be excited about this passing.

Never understood what the Australian government had against adult video games. How many people are actually killing and t-bagging in public anyway?

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