Brendan O'Connor has hit the R18+ trail running in the lead up to the SCAG meeting in July, visiting EB in Adelaide to help raise awareness of the R18+ issue with parents, and discuss the vast number of video games currently rated at MA15+, that are classified for adults in other regions.
“There are dozens of games that are currently classified as MA15+ in Australia, but in other countries these gaming titles are restricted to adults only," claimed O'Connor.
“If the new category is introduced, it could result in computer games that are currently classified MA15+ being reclassified R18+, providing a new level of protection for children.”
Brendan O'Connor also made an important distinction to parents worried about any kind of influx of previously banned titles, a point which instantly rebukes claims that an R18+ will result in a floodgate of 'ultra-violent' video games being brought into the country.
“Games that are currently refused classification and do not meet the standard required for R18+ classification will remain in the refused classification category," he stated, once again.
While that means that games like Mortal Kombat will never be classified in this country, we think this is a sacrifice worth making for a fairer, more sensible system of classification.