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R18+ issue delayed in Australia again
Posted: 17.02.2011 00:38 by Comments: 6
The Australian ratings board continues to drag its feet on the question of a mature rating for videogames, as the March Standing Committee of Attorneys-General (SCAG) meeting has pushed the issue aside to deal with local election issues.

According to Game Politics: “Our caretaker period begins on March 4, which is also the first day of the SCAG meeting,” Hatzistergos’s spokesperson told GameSpot AU. “However, the NSW attorney-general will not be attending the SCAG meeting. So he will not be able to participate in any voting that takes place on any of the issues discussed.”

The local interest group, R18 Games.com advises gamers in Australia to get active if they want to see a change, and to pressure their representative to bring the issue up and vote in favor of an R18+ rating.

“The best way anybody can help to bring about change in the classification system is to get involved. Under current legislation, any change to the Australian classification system requires unanimous support of all Australian Attorneys-General. Making contact with your Attorney-General and letting them know of your strong belief in the need for change is the single most effective way to bring about a fairer, safer ratings system for all of us.”

Comments

By djole381 (SI Elite) on Feb 17, 2011
djole381
I just don't understand Australians. 18+ means the game is intended for legal adults so I don't understand what's the big deal. It's definitely not going to be sold to minors so why deny the adults.
By Jake_SI (SI Elite) on Feb 17, 2011
Jake_SI
Their fear is that it means allowing more adult content into the country and thus increasing the chance that children will find a way to get their hands on it. But ultimately, the benefits of having the 18+ classification, outweigh the risks.

I believe that whether we introduce the 18+ rating for games is not a matter of if, its a matter of when, and at this stage.. it's taking far longer than it should.
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Feb 17, 2011
herodotus
They'll drag this on forever if the Gov't has it's way...either Party.
By Eversor (SI Elite) on Feb 17, 2011
Eversor
Here to purchase a M rated game you need to be able to prove that you are at least 17 years old, or if you are younger than that you need to have a parent or legal gaurdian with you to purchase the game.
By PowerJack (SI Elite) on Feb 17, 2011
PowerJack
Who needs ratings anyway.
By PowerJack (SI Elite) on Feb 18, 2011
PowerJack
Its been proved I cant be rated, measured or comprehended.
Why? You ask.
Ware wa Kami
Simple as that. ^.^