The lights are on
For years it's been a running joke that whenever a ESRB mature-rated game would come out here, you'd be sure to hear how it was banned in Australia. That will change now that both the Australian House and Senate have passed a bill that would create an R18+ ratings category for video games, essentially lifting the de-facto banning of some mature-rated games in the country.
Passage of the bill marks the end of a long struggle to get the R18+ classification for video games in the country – one which currently exists for movies and other media. Previously, the lack of the R18+ rating meant that games deemed to exceed the MA15+ classification were not rated, and could not be sold in the country.
In the past, a number of high-profile ESRB mature-rated titles like Mortal Kombat (2011), Syndicate (2012), and initially a number of games in the Grand Theft Auto series (which were later released either edited or uncut) were banned in Australia because they were refused classification because there were deemed above the MA15+ rating.
The R18+ rating will go into effect on January 1, 2013.
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Makes sense to me.
Finally. A buddy of mine moved to Australia ages ago and he hasn't shut up about their stupid rating system. Now he can go complain about something else.
Thats good news mate
It's about time!
Glad i dont live there
This is awesome. I was legitimately excited for the people of Australia when I heard this news. And it's about damn time too!
gratz to the aussies
My fellow Australians, REJOICE!!! To be completely honest though, I bought Syndicate of eBay...Just thought I'd get that off my back.
They still have to wait about 6 months.
Took em long enough.
So like the AO rateing over here in the us. I dont get it nymore why do games have rateings even anymore. Whayever Im at leats happy fior them that they get to play M games over ther next year.
Australia is for suckers.
Good to know that I'll be able to buy "big girl" games once I move to Aussie without having to import. Why did this take so long I wonder? Australia is less Christian than the US, so one would think the lack of puritan influence would help-plus Aussies are pretty wild anyway ;). Bless you Australia House for doing..what should have already been done. After all movies have it, and it just makes sense logically that some things are for ankle biters and some things are for we adults.
Alright! Good for you, Aussie gaming brothers (and sisters)!
Hopefully now that more games that couldn't before be sold, without lengthy delays or edits at least, sales will increase and it'll inspire the development community down there to rebound a bit. What with Krome practically dying, and Team Bondi, and THQ's Blue Tongue and Studio Oz developers...ugh. That country got hit hard all at the same time. There should be a way healthier gaming environment down in that country...
Bout bloody time.
Australian gov't FTW!
Wait, this is still an issue?
God **BRAAAHHHH**, Australia, get your *** together!
It may have taken some time, but finally we get to join the rest of the world!
Sucks that it's going to take another half a year for it to come into effect though...