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Australian R18+ Game Classification Now Active
Written Wednesday, January 02, 2013 By Lee Bradley
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Australia’s new R18+ ratings category for video games is now in effect.

Though no games have yet been rated in the category, they’re coming. And when they do it’ll mark the culmination of years of work to combat the censorship of violent titles for adults.

“We’ve actually achieved a good balance where in effect MA15+ has become more restrictive and games that previously would have been in MA15+ are now going to be sitting in R18+,” South Australian attorney general John Rau of the legistlative changes told ABC News.

“It’s a win for the gamers who wanted to have the opportunity as adults to purchase these games, but it’s also a win for parents because they can be more confident that games that are age-inappropriate will not be available to people under 18. 

“The regime still contemplates that some games will be so unsatisfactory that they will be refused classification altogether. Now, that will continue.”

Cheers Tegan.




 
 

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Comment #1 by Baron Bonk
Wednesday, January 02, 2013 @ 09:30:00 AM
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I feel sorry for gamers in Australia and Germany.

 
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Comment #2 by Exedome
Wednesday, January 02, 2013 @ 09:37:18 AM
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@1 As do I.

 
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Comment #3 by KylieDog
Wednesday, January 02, 2013 @ 09:39:49 AM
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Now you get to see how bad Mortal Kombats netcode is.

 
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Comment #4 by Canadian_Wilson
Wednesday, January 02, 2013 @ 09:48:34 AM
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"it’s also a win for parents because they can be more confident that games that are age-inappropriate will not be available to people under 18. "

There will always be 12 year olds playing COD. Game ratings are redundant. Yes, they stop kids from purchasing these games (Rated M), but that doesn't stop their parents from buying them FOR them

 
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Comment #5 by demoplay86
Wednesday, January 02, 2013 @ 09:49:06 AM
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It's about times -__-
Now give us Manhunt 2, San Andreas with hookers, Mortal Kombat, The Walking Dead Eps 1 - 5 and everything else!! Fuckers..

But seriously, YAY!! lol

 
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Comment #6 by demoplay86
Wednesday, January 02, 2013 @ 09:50:46 AM
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Exactly. There should be penalties for buying FOR minors much like with alcohol. Mainly because there's nothing more annoying then a 12 year old screaming over the mic >_

 
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Comment #7 by nintendo64X
Wednesday, January 02, 2013 @ 09:50:57 AM
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Hi, I'm an australian up way too late.

I played Mortal kombat and boosted the 10 ranked wins...my god couldn't go online with people from new zealand with my american copy, wtf region lock?

But my main concern with this R18+ is they can still refuse to classify games, meaning games can still be banned despite R18+....


Time will tell if this was a waste of time or god send for us.

 
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Comment #8 by nintendo64X
Wednesday, January 02, 2013 @ 09:54:16 AM
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Oh and just to add I couldn't even do thsoe 10 ranked wins properly, kept cutting out when americans came online or whoever the poor souls were...

 
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Comment #9 by MrSP
Wednesday, January 02, 2013 @ 10:14:04 AM
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@4
Worse... Two of those 12 year olds playing Call Of Duty are my cousins... and they're good at the game. *Really* good. No interest in Single Player, but they're great in MP.

 
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Comment #10 by Dark_Raven666
Wednesday, January 02, 2013 @ 10:27:14 AM
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Nice to finally see this in fruition.

 
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Comment #11 by AndyBeans
Wednesday, January 02, 2013 @ 10:34:36 AM
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This is good news, more choice for adult gamers down under and more protection for devs/publishers of adult games.

I got really tired, really quickly of the witch-hunts orchestrated by Fox News in the US and the Daily Mail in the UK, blaming violent games for children's behaviour. The very games they blamed were all adult-certificated and should never have been played by kids in the first place.

I know some of you more mature teenagers will object to me saying this, but I hope parents get prosecuted for buying adult games for minors. It happens with videos, alcohol and tobacco, why should it not happen for games? It would be interesting to watch dithering, spineless parents having to chose between court and saying "no" to their fucked up, spoiled little brats.

 
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Comment #12 by c1ned1ne
Wednesday, January 02, 2013 @ 10:38:09 AM
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@1,2: Why? Youth protection only affects people who are not old enough. Every full aged person can more or less easily import their games if they desire. And frankly, there are some good reasons to not promote games like Manhunt to 12-year-old - no matter how mature they feel themselves.

@4: There are. In Germany you have to pay a hefty fee if your store is caught - which is usually taken right back from the offending employee who'll likely lose his job in addition. Even my father (50+) has to show his ID if he buys 18+ stuff in most bigger shops. They'll copy the year of birth on the receipt, so you can't claim your money back because your kid illegally bought this game.
As for the dumb parents: The age restrictions are specifically for them as a guideline. Of course there'll always be some who simply don't care, but it's the same with everything - e.g. taking your kids to fast food chains because you don't can't be bothered to cook. Are guidelines for a healthy nutrition therefore redundant?

 
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Comment #13 by Wicked Seraph
Wednesday, January 02, 2013 @ 10:44:44 AM
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@4 so true. When i was working in target when GTA4 came out this fat bitch came in with her 7 year old son. Wanted to buy it. I Told her that its a violent mature game and probably not wise to get it for a 7 year old. She looked me dead in the eye and told me She didnt need advice on how to raise her child.

 
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Comment #14 by Terminator
Wednesday, January 02, 2013 @ 12:06:29 PM
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I thought this came into force last year?

 
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Comment #15 by kingofirony
Wednesday, January 02, 2013 @ 12:07:39 PM
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@11 I was in line at gamestop a few days ago.this grandfather was buying Halo 4 for his grandson(who was around 10-12) who was holding it in line with him.The sad thing is,is that the grandson will go online and scream and swear at players and the grandfather isn't watching him.

 
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Comment #16 by Exedome
Wednesday, January 02, 2013 @ 12:08:20 PM
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@4 It's actually not illegal for minors to but rated M games in Sweden. The rating is only a recommendation.

 
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Comment #17 by Exedome
Wednesday, January 02, 2013 @ 12:14:39 PM
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@9 I fucking hate people who buy games for Multiplayer, and don't even try the Singleplayer.

 
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Comment #18 by Dark_Raven666
Wednesday, January 02, 2013 @ 12:32:07 PM
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@14 It did, but the actual commissioning of the classification was set to happen in January. Shame we had to wait that long, somehow doubt it'll be retroactive so I won't be able to get a local copy of The Walking Dead :(

 
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Comment #19 by DarkStar83x
Wednesday, January 02, 2013 @ 12:40:14 PM
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Took them long enough. Also, banning a game in the US isn't completely unheard of. If a game is rated AO, it's a virtual ban since most stores won't sell it and Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo refuse to green light them. However, if they can tone it down enough to get it rated M, it's released. It doesn't happen often, but it has (Manhunt 2 is the most recent I can think of).

 
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Comment #20 by ZACHSP8
Wednesday, January 02, 2013 @ 02:41:24 PM
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Good news aor Australians, will more than likly still be cheaper for them to import them.

With Mortal Kombat, you haven't missed much.

 
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Comment #22 by HEMSTAR
Wednesday, January 02, 2013 @ 06:44:32 PM
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Yeaaaah!

 
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Comment #23 by Hihi2442
Thursday, January 03, 2013 @ 01:09:38 AM
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I've got a lot of NZ & Aus friends. I'm glad they'll be able to play all the games I can as a Canadian.

 
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Comment #24 by maink
Thursday, January 03, 2013 @ 04:19:11 AM
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i wonder what would happen if this comes to america

 
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Comment #26 by NewVincent
Thursday, January 03, 2013 @ 07:53:08 AM
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@1 Same here! What's even worse I'm sorry for all of Europe because Nintendo Europe HQ is in Germany and due to shit rules they restricted all download of WII U 18+ games between 11PM-4AM!

Thanks Germany, thanks a LOT! D:

 
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Comment #27 by bowskillz
Thursday, January 03, 2013 @ 08:16:53 AM
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@6 I find it hilarious when an angry 11 year old says your 'hard scoping' on sticks and stones!

 
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Comment #28 by DanDx
Thursday, January 03, 2013 @ 12:07:55 PM
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"some games will be so unsatisfactory that they will be refused classification altogether. Now, that will continue."

Pretty sure that MK is one of those games.

 
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Comment #29 by Bill
Thursday, January 03, 2013 @ 04:53:37 PM
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They have yet to make an ESRB(AO)passed game.to the best of my knowledge


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US February 21, 2012
Europe February 24, 2012

Resolution: 480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1
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