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Australia's New Classification System May Be Restricted To Mobile And Online Games (For Now)

On Friday we learned that the Australian Federal Government intended to implement a number of classification recommendations put forward by the ALRC. For video games, two recommendations have the potential to change the way content is classified in this country. We spoke to Josh Cavaleri, Legal and Policy Counsel for the iGEA to figure out precisely what these changes might entail.


Of Course Gametraders Is Selling Mortal Kombat, Why Wouldn't They!

As a result of Australia’s new R18+ rating, Mortal Kombat finally received a classification in this country. But while Warner Brothers waits to officially release the game here, Gametraders is exercising its legal right to import the game from overseas, slap an R18+ sticker on the game and sell it in-store — and why not?


R18+ And The Awkward Space On The Wall

In Ron Curry’s office at the iGEA there’s an awkward space on the wall. He’s never been sure what to put there. A piece of art, a photograph of some kind? Maybe, he thought to himself, he could frame Australia’s first R18+ game and put it there.

Nah, that’ll never happen.


The Game I'll Never Open; The Game I'll Never Play

I don’t know if R18+ was ever about the games. Games can be important, but ultimately they are trivial things.


As Of Today, R18+ Games Can Be Sold In QLD

When it was finally announced that R18+ legislation had been passed in Queensland, there was only one step left to take before the new legislation finally came into being — the Governor of Queensland had to sign off on the act. Now we can officially announce that the Classification of Computer Games and Images and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2013 has been signed. R18+ games can now officially be bought and sold in QLD.


Here Is Your First Look At An R18+ Rated Game In The Wild!

If I was to gamble my life savings on what would have been the first R18+ game in Australia, I’d currently be dead broke. That game will be Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2+ for the PS Vita and it’s set for release next Thursday. We’ve been shown a first look at the game as it will be sold in stores next Thursday.


Phew, *Now* R18+ Has Finally Passed In Queensland

After a bizarre day where those tuning in had to deal with discussion over court transcriptions and fencing laws. After a false alarm where one staffer in the Attorney General’s office accidentally sent a press release before the vote was taken, Queensland has finally joined the rest of Australia — and the Western world — by passing R18+ legislation at a state level.


Mortal Kombat Finally Receives An R18+ Classification In Australia

It was arguably the most high profile game to ever be refused classification in Australia but now Mortal Kombat, released in 2011, has finally been classified in Australia after the original game failed twice, and the handheld version was also deemed to violent for Australians. Now, post the introduction of an R18+ rating in Australia, Mortal Kombat has finally been classified at R18+.


A Tale Of Two Cities: Queensland Gamers Told To Cross The Border For R18+ Titles

Gamers around the country celebrated on December 31, 2012 when the clock struck midnight. It meant that it was not only the new year, but a new era for gaming in Australia: R18+ games were finally a reality. The victory was bittersweet, however, with Queensland unable to enjoy the spoils because of a slow parliament. Now gamers are being told to take matters into their own hands. This is the story of the Queensland gamers who are now being told to cross state lines to import contraband games, and the stores that told them it was a good idea.


This R18+ Game Was Once 'Cancelled' -- It's Now 'Un-Cancelled'

It was supposed to be cancelled. All mentions of the game were removed from publisher Deep Silver’s website. But now Ride to Hell, a game that explores biker culture in the late 1960s, has just received an R18+ classification and, according to the local Australian distributors, is set for release later this year on PC, 360 and PS3.