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Australian R18+ decision delayed thanks to elections

Wednesday, 16th February 2011 05:02 GMT By Brenna Hillier

The question of Australia’s contentious video game ratings categories must remain unanswered for another quarter, as state elections interfere with an expected March ruling.

According to Gamespot, Australia’s state attorney-generals were set to make a decision on the introduction of an R18+ rating for games at a meeting on March 4 in Wellington, New Zealand.

However state elections in New South Wales will keep John Hatzistergos from attending, nixing the possibility of the required unanimous decision.

The issue was originally supposed to have been settled at a December 2010 meeting, but after much debate the attendees chose to delay the decision. The next meeting of state attorney generals is expected in June.

Australia’s highest ratings category for games is MA 15+, well below those available to comparable media such as film and literature, which causes friction with major publishers.

The nation frequently experiences delays, recalls, edited releases, or even – as in the case of Risen – no local release at all.

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  1. Crysis

    To get rated in Australia costs a fair amount of money, why can’t we simply adopt somebody else’s rating system? would drive prices down a little bit, not much but it’ll help.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. Hazzarington

    @1 Because to start off a lot of old games would probably have to be re-rated for it to be taken seriously. Anyway, look at the shambles Britain’s in because of PEGI not being legally enforceable. The Dumasses in GAME have to sell 6 year olds PEGI 18s. Although PEGI is ridiculously strict, the original Mass Effect an 18?

    #2 3 years ago
  3. Blerk

    They don’t “have to”. They just can’t be prosecuted if they do.

    18-rated games are generally rated by the BBFC at the minute, anyway – and those ratings ARE legally enforceable.

    #3 3 years ago