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.
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After a bizarre day where those tuning in had to deal with discussion over court transcriptions and fencing laws. After a false alarm where one staffer in the Attorney General's office accidentally sent a press release before the vote was taken, Queensland has finally joined the rest of Australia — and the Western world — by passing R18+ legislation at a state level.
It was arguably the most high profile game to ever be refused classification in Australia but now Mortal Kombat, released in 2011, has finally been classified in Australia after the original game failed twice, and the handheld version was also deemed to violent for Australians. Now, post the introduction of an R18+ rating in Australia, Mortal Kombat has finally been classified at R18+.
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.
A while ago, we reported that Telltale Games wouldn't be submitting the award-winning adventure game The Walking Dead for classification in Australia, for fear of it being considering above our ceiling of MA15+. But as of yesterday, the Classification Board has The Walking Dead registered and ready for sale. The classification? MA15+.
The first game to get an R18+ rating has been revealed; it'll be Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge for its "High Impact Bloody Violence".
R18+ is now a real rating for video games in Australia, although it'll probably be a while before we see any R18+ rated games on store shelves. R18+ should impart knowledge, and knowledge is power. Why shouldn't we make use of that power in a positive way?
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.