Ever wonder why Australia was always in the news concerning issues with ‘violent’ video games? Well it’s because it is one of the few countries that does not have an R18+ classification for video games. Hence, any title deemed too violent was refused classification and banned from sale.
That changes now and starting from today the country’s new R18+ classification for video games will come into effect.
This will come as great news for publishers who can now submit their games to be considered for the R18+ category. Similarly previously refused games can also be resubmitted now for classification as well.
South Australia’s Attorney-General John Rau told the ABC:
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+. 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.
Note that the board still has the final word on the games. If they deem any game inappropriate then they will reject the title, even if it comes under the R18+ category.