Ahead of July's Standing Committee or Attorneys General Meeting, Home Affairs Minister Brendan O'Connor has released the draft guidelines document for the proposed changes to Australian's videogame classification system, an outline that would introduce an R18+ rating if supporting consensus from the Attorneys-General is reached.
At a glance, the part of the document that would be of most interest to adult gamers is on Page 5, where the Essential Principles are outline and page 11 and 12 where the MA15+ and R18+ ratings are defined in more specific detail.
The Guidelines use the following hierarchy of impact:
Assessing the impact of material requires considering not only the treatment of individual classifiable elements but also their cumulative effect. It also requires considering the purpose and tone of a sequence.
- very mild - G
- mild - PG
- moderate - M
- strong - MA 15+
- high - R 18+
- very high - RC
Impact may be higher where a scene:
- contains greater detail, including the use of close-ups and slow motion
- uses accentuation techniques, such as lighting, perspective and resolution
- uses special effects, such as lighting and sound, resolution, colour, size of image, characterisation and tone
- is prolonged
- is repeated frequently
- is realistic, rather than stylised
You can read all the details here in the complete PDF document