R18+ Is A Reality -- Now What?

The fireworks have exploded and 2013 is a reality — and with it, Australia gets an R18+ rating for video games. So what happens next?

Well, if the scaremongers are right, we've already exploded in a sheer orgy of blood, guts, breasts and gerbil frottage, because that's what the R18+ crew wanted all along, right? It's certainly the image that News.com.au's gone for, based on its choice of stock image. But is that the reality?

Hang on a second — I'll go and check outside.

Nope, all still good.

While it's true that January 1st saw the formal introduction of the R18+ legislation in Australia — except for tardy Queensland — the practical reality is that we're unlikely to see any R18+ rated games on the shelves for a while yet; that'll be the province of game submitted from now on, or (although this is rather unlikely) games more than two years old that get resubmitted for classification. So those hanging out for a dose of Mortal Kombat or Marc Ecko's Getting Up will probably be left hanging — although in the case of Getting Up, you missed nothing; having played the review code back in the day, there's no point in reclassifying that one.

Still, if you've got any left over champagne from the festive season, it's still a good reason to pop some corks and celebrate; as Aussie gamers we've just passed a very significant milestone indeed, although the challenge as to whether we'll see fewer games denied classification, or a shifting of the MA15+ goalposts remains to be fully seen.

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    Also stores stocking R18+ titles will be required to have signs with information on the new R18+ rating. And if caught selling to minors, stores can be slapped with fines upwards of $20,000

    Except that there's no such thing as ACB or Australian Classification Board.

    They're called "Classification Board". There's no ancronym. Email them and ask them if you don't believe me. Because I emailed them as to their correct title and they set me straight. "ACB" is a myth on the internet. It's not listed anywhere in govt. legislation or on their website. Because it's wrong :)

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