Australia is One Step Closer to Getting an R18+ Rating

By Alix Minjarez

December 5, 2010

After many years of the most mature rating in Australia being an MA15+, it looks like there is actually a chance for it to be bumped up a bit. The reason? Because it was found that too many games that are normally rated “Mature” are somehow making their way into the hands of minors by getting slapped with the above mentioned MA15+ rating. Games like  Left 4 Dead 2 weren’t so lucky to slip by, with it being straight up banned. L4D2 had to be censored in order to be available on Aussie land.

Home Affairs Minister, Brendan O’Conner stated,

“Children and teenagers shouldn’t be exposed to the gratuitous sex, violence and adult themes that are contained in some computer games…Over time, we’ve allowed games to get into the hands of 15-year-olds that would not have been available in comparable countries; that should not have happened.”

Top selling titles like Grand Theft Auto and Call of Duty will receive the new rating, with banned games staying banned…even if they approved with the new rating. With that in mind, Australia’s federal Cabinet has approved the use of the new R18+ rating, with final approval expected to take place on Friday.

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Alix Minjarez

Being a gamer since the age of 6 (thanks to my parents), a desire to pursue a career in the gaming industry has been my passion ever since I laid my hands on Sonic the Hedgehog. Some of my favorite games include Shadow of the Colossus, Okami, Duke Nukem 3D, Final Fantasy 6, Killer7 and both the Devil May Cry and Resident Evil series.

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