Initial votes show Australians strongly in favour of R18+ rating

Wednesday, 10th February 2010 07:34 GMT By Johnny Cullen


Out of 1,084 submissions processed so far into an Australian public consultation on the debate on an R18+ rating, only 11 people have been opposed.

That’s just over 1 percent. The Australian government has so far received 6,239 submissions on the matter, with just over 1,000 having been processed by the Classification Policy Branch at the moment.

Last week, retailer EB Games threw its weight behind the initiative after 84 percent of customers wanted to see the classification become law.

Australia currently has a 15+ age rating as a maximum for games, meaning more “adult” titles can find it difficult to secure a release in the country.

Thanks, Gamespot.



  1. Syrok

    Wow, 6000 submissions. Looks like most people don’t care. :)

    #1 5 years ago
  2. Blerk

    This was a foregone conclusion, surely? People who play games are far more likely to vote than people who don’t, and I can’t imagine many of those saying “well, gosh darn, it’s just not Christian to have sex and violence in games!”

    Are the government actually obliged to act on the vote though? Or at the end of the day is it still going to be the decision of that ridiculous little man whose name I forget?

    #2 5 years ago
  3. SunKing

    “Or at the end of the day is it still going to be the decision of that ridiculous little man whose name I forget?”

    That was my impression also. A public consultation seems no more effective than an Internet petition at this stage.

    #3 5 years ago
  4. Mauller

    Awesome news for my Aussie friends. I have one that comes to Toronto every few years and buys like $700 worth of video games to bring back home with her.

    #4 5 years ago
  5. Psychotext

    In your face Atkinson.

    Now watch as he completely ignores any appearance of being democratic.

    #5 5 years ago
  6. Golden

    nice to see the colonies catching up

    #6 5 years ago

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