Australia inches toward R18+ rating

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Australia has long been a video game ban happy government.  However, Australian Home Affairs Minister Brendan O’Connor has recently voiced support for the new rating.  This comes after his office released a report that conclusively proved that violent game exposure to youth does not have any real links to actual real world violence.

According to him: “What evidence there is, is not strong enough to make me want to stop the millions of Australians who play games safely, responsibly, and actually have a lot of fun.”

Surveys among Australians point to a lot of interest in the reclassification of the rating boards.  Look out for the decision to go before the country and state attorney general to either approve or deny the measure on Friday.

  • jaypea360

    All signs in Australia are pointing to the
    approval of the R18+ classification.

    I have been watching this closely for years. I joined Gamers4Croydon and submitted to the board along with 1000’s of other Aussies and now it might actually happen.

    Watch this space.

  • Cool. Thanks for the tip. As I live in the US, it is tough to keep up on that kinda stuff, but I hope it happens. Censorship and stifling of free speech are the first steps to real oppression.

  • OH MY OH MY !! I will be the happiest person in the world if this goes through !! 🙂 Let’s not count our video games before they are published .. lets take wait and see how it plays out !!

    • frankcastle66

      “Let’s not count our video games before they are published”

      lol best saying ever

  • frankcastle66

    if it does happen im happy for you guys because they are so harsh over there with video games to the point where if i lived there im not sure if i would be as into certain games if i lived there….. good luck guys

  • Hey Frank .. GREAT to see you back on once again !! 🙂

  • jaypea360

    Its looking good still for the go ahead.

    98.4% of the 58,400 odd submissions were in favor of the R18+ classification.

    That coupled with the reports Brendan O’Connor’s office released leaves me quietly confident.

    And Frank, your right. Some games were censored that hard they became laughable, or not let into the country at all.

  • jaypea360

    The meeting is currently underway, fingers crossed.

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