R18+ Successfully Passes Through Parliament

Jason Clare, the Minister for Home Affairs has just announced that R18+ for games is set to become a reality, after legislation successfully passing through the Federal Parliament, having just gone through the Senate without amendment.

"These are important reforms over 10 years in the making," Mr Clare said.

"The R 18+ category will inform consumers, parents and retailers about which games are not suitable for minors to play, and will prevent minors from purchasing unsuitable material.

"The reforms also mean that adults are able to choose what games they play within the bounds of the law."

The next stage for the R18+ classification is for each separate state to pass their own complimentary legislation, since classification remains a state issue.

According to Jason Clare's website, this means that, subject to the separate state legislation, we could be on schedule to see our first R18+ for games become a reality by January 1 2013.


    Believe it or not this actualy going to bad for games, many games that would have been MA15+ will now be bumped up to R,publishers like movie studios will self censor to ge the M rating to widen their audience and lets not forget games can still be refused classifcation outright.

    YES! *raises arms in the air*

    I bought a crippled copy of L4D2 through Steam a year ago, not knowing it was crippled... how long before I can play L4D2 as Valve intended it to be played!!??

      Unless Valve resubmit the original for a third time (they submitted it twice), most likely never as the uncut version is RC-ed.

      Contrary to popular belief, it has been made clear by Brendan O'Connor (I could be wrong, feel free to correct me) that even if R18+ is introduced, RC games remain RC games until they are resubmitted again. They will not be automatically classified to R18+.

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