Australia opens 18+ debate to the public

Monday, 14th December 2009 11:21 GMT By Patrick Garratt


As promised, the Australian government has opened up the debate as to whether or not the country should have an 18+ rating to the public. Hit this for details.

“Submissions are being sought on whether the Australian National Classification Scheme should include an R 18+ classification category for computer games,” said the attorney-general’s department.

“Submissions can be made by downloading and completing the submission template. Submissions may also be mailed or faxed. The discussion paper and submission template contain the contact details for making a submission.”

Get to it, Australian people. You’ve got until February 28 to explain to old people why you’re grown-up enough to see a cartoon gun shoot a zombie.



  1. Blerk

    Are they actually going to pay any attention to the results, though? When the guy in charge quite vocally doesn’t want it, is public opinion really going to swing things?

    #1 5 years ago
  2. Gekidami

    Doubt it. In the end the public dosnt have last say.

    #2 5 years ago
  3. Digital Forge

    I really hope common sense prevails and those lobbying for the 18+ rating get it approved.

    I believe they have it for films, print based media (porn etc) so hopefully it’ll be added for games.

    #3 5 years ago
  4. Doc Robotnik

    They can’t avoid it – Gaming brings in too much money (from both development/publishing and consumer spending). They can either fall in line or fall behind.

    #4 5 years ago
  5. Jadeskye

    given how australia’s government as historically acted i think it’s perfectly reasonable to expect them to take the latter option in that Robotnik.

    #5 5 years ago
  6. onlineatron

    I’m conflicted.

    On the one hand I believe it’s the parents job to decide if a game is suitable for their children.

    But on the other hand… Quite a lot of parents aren’t aware of what content is in the videogames their children play. Which leads to mistakes being made and kids getting hold of mature content.

    If the government is on the case of restricting content then it destroys all chances of young ones getting their mits on blood, guts and violence.

    Perhaps Australia could just pose stricter, harsher fines on parents/stores supplying minors with these titles?

    #6 5 years ago
  7. Anders

    @onlineatron: I played Grand Theft Auto when I was ten years old. Ran over pedestrians, blew up cars and completely loved it. Came out alright none the less.

    #7 5 years ago
  8. onlineatron

    Is that right? Because I swear it was you I saw on the news stealing that police helicopter and taking out Big Ben the other day =P.

    In all seriousness though, I’ve played violent videogames since I was a child and don’t feel messed up for it. But then I take a look at my younger brother and see he revels in killing multitudes of pedestrians in games and it kinda makes me cringe.

    #8 5 years ago
  9. Freek

    Part of growing up is seeing movies/playing games that you aren’t supposed to, everybody does it, no matter how strict the law is or how careful your parents are. It doesn’t mess you up.

    #9 5 years ago
  10. PolyGoneWithTheWind

    While the reason behind it is a little crazy and sure, most probably, no real change will happen because of it… but wouldn’t it be good for even here in the UK that there was at least someway of having a grown-up debate about the value of games and the games industry?

    While the UK is crumbling under massively decreasing demand for our goods – it would be great to have a platform that the industry does a lot of good for this country and that playing games is actually a pretty fun way to spend some time not watching X-Factor, buying highly-charged caffeinated goods from Starclones coffee and ignoring the red letter from the electricity company.

    May disagree with the reason for it happening in the first place – but would be good to at least have it talked about intelligently and not with rash Daily Mail headlines and some grieving father desperately trying to find a reason that bad people exist, always have and always will do and one particular video game had much less to do with it than the actual far wider reasons or non-reasons for something terrible happening…

    And if that doesn’t work – blame it on Marilyn Manson

    #10 5 years ago

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