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Australian Parliament To Create R18+ Category For Games

By Adam Smith on June 18th, 2012.

The death of decent society comes ever closer with the news that the Australian Parliament is creating a category for those ultraviolent games you might have read about or envisaged in your bleakest nightmares. Now it falls to the individual States and Territories to pass their own complementary legislation for regulation and, if all goes well, by the first of January 2013 “adults [will be] able to choose what games they play within the bounds of the law”. A terrifying notion, I’m sure you’ll agree.

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Australia’s Move To An R18+ System

By Jim Rossignol on July 22nd, 2011.

Australia, yesterday.
Australia’s tortuous and wobbly journey towards sensible classification of games has take a positive step this week with state and federal governments agreeing “in principle” to an R18+ rating for games. It’s a rating that has long seemed necessary for the country, and a recent meeting of attorneys general – at which only New South Wales abstained from the vote, with everyone else saying yes – looks like it is now, finally, going to be possible. That’s not to say that Australia is going to shy away from censorship, however, as ABC News reports: “Under the proposed guidelines, games containing high-level violence will be restricted to adults, while games containing extreme violence will continue to be refused classification and banned from sale altogether.”

It’ll be interesting to see whether this move dampens the ferocious pro-censorship noise coming out of Australia’s governmental types. Any antipodeans care to comment?

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