Australia Wants To Rate iPhone Apps, Mobile Phone Games

According to ITnews, the Australian Classification Board has announced it would like to "apply the National Classification Code, the Classification Act, and the Guidelines for the Classification of Films and Computer" to mobile applications.

"I recently wrote to the [Commonwealth Censorship]minister regarding my concern that some so-called mobile phone applications, which can be purchased online or either downloaded to mobile phones or played online via mobile phone access, are not being submitted to the board for classification," said Donald McDonald, Australia's Classification Board director.

This is following on the heel's of the American Entertainment Software Rating Board, which asked Apple to use its classification for iPhone games. The ESA stated it would like the App Store to carry ratings as well.

With the iPhone becoming a gaming platform in its own like, competing with the PSP and the DS, ratings only seem fair — to level the playing field. But what's next? Rating flash games?

Classification board seeks to censor iPhone apps - Software - Technology - News [iTnews.com.au via EDGE via Joystiq]


Comments

    Sigh.

    On a lighter note, I am note sure we have a "Censorship Minister" but if you are talking about our Communications Minister, that is exactly what he is!

      Sweet.. while we are messing about with the classification system put in the R18+ for games that is so desperatley needed and well all be happy..

    Oh great, I can see the price of apps going up a few dollars now if they're going to mandate that all apps must be rated. Freaking scam, classification board just want to cash in on an untapped market.

    Oh God. Although I don't care much for iphone as a gaming platform (not to mention not caring much for most of the apps), it is still very annoying these pricks feel the need to classify EVERYTHING.

    ...how, exactly, do they plan to regulate this? Sending DMCA-style notices to Apple? Way to make companies not want to deal with our nation, government.

    I guess you guys like driving business away, huh? Labor ftw.

      its depressing that it's a Labour government that's perpetuating these retarded old fogey-esque measures. Who cares? Kids shouldnt be getting access to top of the line phones with apps on their own, and most parents don't need this unless they've been hiding under a church-sized rock for the last few decades. Who's actually gaining? some Family First MPs who hold an unnatural balance of power, I'll wager.

    Apple will just do what they did in South Africa and Korea - Stop selling games. It's not like Australia is a big market.

    This is a bigger loss to Australian iPhone developers than it is to Apple, make no mistake.

    Also - What's next is - let's start applying this to online-downloaded indie games!

    Im with Brenden, Apple will just pull up stakes and stop selling.

    Next we'll see
    1. Xbox live arcade / PSN games taken away due to layers of expensive and slow regulation.

    2. The 'family filter' blocking indie games for sale on the Web.

    Dont think it cant happen, the government can gummy up online games if they put their minds to it.

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