Late last week Federal Home Affairs Minister Jason Clare introduced a bill to parliament that takes Australia one step closer to an R18+ classification for videogames. No sooner had the classification bill been introduced than the Coalition responded by calling for an inquiry into the bill. These are just the latest developments in a saga that’s been running for the best part of a decade.
So why do we even need an R18+ classification for video games? Well as it stands, the highest rating that can be applied to a videogame in Australia is MA15+. Games with content exceeding the MA15+ definition must be “refused classification”. And any game that is refused classification cannot legally be sold or played in Australia (of course this doesn’t stop players ordering such games from overseas).
In an increasingly sophisticated game market, Australia’s lack of an R18+ rating has led to a number of games being refused classification.
Same people stalling this were in favor of military action in Libya and want to bomb Iran. Seems violence is OK as long its REAL and the state doing it to you or to some desert wedding party. Idiots.