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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.


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.


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.


Unlike the last Ninja Gaiden R18+ classification, which went to the family-friendly Nintendo Wii U, this one goes to Sony. The PlayStation Vita will host our first handheld R18+ game, which has been awarded to Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 Plus — the twice-altered slice 'n dice action game from Team Ninja.


Dear Australian Classification Board, we noticed yesterday that you rated The Walking Dead as MA15+, despite it carrying more disturbing themes than every game you've rated R18+ so far. Yet oddly, your classification report says the game has no foul language. Well, we think we found some.


Word has come in from EA that Army of Two: The Devil's Cartel, the latest in a third-person shooter series based on cooperative play, is the third game to receive the new R18+ classification, for "high impact violence".


The Classification Board is wasting no time in doling out our exciting new R18+ rating. We'll have to play the game to tell for sure, but if the gore involved in Spartacus Legends is all that qualifies for an R18+ rating, we can expect many more to come.


Australian Senator Nick Xenophon, persistent anti-gambling campaigner, has announced he will introduce legislation to close a loophole allowing gambling apps to escape classification, which could have future ramifications for gaming.


When the Federal Government passed R18+ legislation it set a January 1 deadline for all states and territories to pass its own individual R18+ legislation, to help regulate the sale of adult video games Australia-wide. Since then most states and territories have either passed, or are in the process of passing, that legislation. But now Queensland has become the first state to officially delay its decision regarding R18+ past the January 1 deadline. Yet, bizarrely, this will not halt the sale of R18+ video games in that state.


With the R18+ rating poised to come into being in January 2013, it has been up to each state and territory to pass its own seperate legislation. Western Australia was one of the first to present its legislation, but worries from Liberal MP Nick Goiran that an R18+ rating would "introduce a level of violence that children and young people weren’t exposed to before" pushed the issue to a committee. We've now been informed that the committee has come back, making minimal changes to the legislation, meaning Western Australia's R18+ legislation will most likely pass without any issues.


With most states and territories either in the process of pushing through R18+ legislation, or having passed it already, it was left to both NT and QLD to play catch-up in order to meet the January 1 deadline set by the Federal Government to get the R18+ rating up and running. Thankfully, it seems like QLD has taken notice — its own specific R18+ classification was read in Parliament for the first time last night.