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Post by Eorl @ 02:08pm 24/08/12 | 6 Comments
The R18+ debate has been a long and drawn out subject for the past few years, with a recent victory earlier this year that saw the government pass legislation making it mandatory for states and territories to implement the new video game rating by the year 2013.

In some even more good news, ABC are reporting that the ACT are now the first jurisdiction to implement the new video game rating, well before the actual requirement will be made.
The bill passed with tri-partisan support, though the Canberra Liberals failed in a bid to boost the penalty for inappropriate display or distribution of material rated R18+.

Attorney General Simon Corbell says it will help authorities regulate adults-only material.

"This is about making sure that adults are able to view and play and read what they wish as long as it does not do harm to others," he said.

"An R18+ classification ensures that adults can access adult material in computer game form, but at the same time protecting children under the age of 18 from that material."
Obviously this is great news for many of the ACT gamers that will now be able to purchase R18+ games, and hopefully this early start will help push the other jurisdictions into implementing the rating before the advised date.



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Mosfx
Posted 02:43pm 24/8/12
Cool, should of done all states nothing is stopping anyone from buying R18+ games and selling them on eBay and posting them out to other states.
thermite
Posted 02:53pm 24/8/12
I got a little excited because I thought this meant I could finally get to play Mortal Kombat 9. But then I realised the game isn't actually available on PC, and you need to buy like an Atari or something to play it, so forget about it.
IVY_MiKe
Posted 03:44pm 24/8/12
AWESOME-SAUCE

I for one am more interested in when/how I go about 'unlocking' the stripped content in titles like Left 4 Dead 2.
tvcars
Posted 10:57am 31/8/12
Unfortunately it doesn't mean better games. Just look at Diablo 3 which just walked straight past the MA+15 signpost like it didn't even exist. I've enjoyed L4D2 for about 1700hrs now without the gore enabled and I don't really care, but if they striped away that censorship it would at more nice comic relief to the game, not that nick wasn't enough. =D Its all good!
eski
Posted 12:19pm 31/8/12
Pretty sure this doesn't unban any games that have already been restricted. The publishers might be able to resubmit the games for R18+ classification, but I doubt they would bother at this point.
crazymorton
Posted 03:10pm 31/8/12
Pretty sure this doesn't unban any games that have already been restricted. The publishers might be able to resubmit the games for R18+ classification, but I doubt they would bother at this point.

agree, i think some people confuse this with the actual ability to get the game through. sure it opens up another area for the Classification Board to use discretion but they can still RC a game.
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