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Australian Classification Review Board to re-appraise age ratings of 12 games

Thursday, 7th November 2013 11:36 GMT By Dave Cook

The Australian Classification Review Board has opted to re-appraise the age ratings of 12 titles, following concerns flagged up by South Australian attorney general John Rau. He reckons the board hasn’t been strict enough when classifying such games as The Walking Dead and Splinter Cell: Blacklist.

This is not the first time Rau has commented negatively on the review board’s actions.

The board issued a press release on the matter today, stating that the follow games are up now for review:

  • Alien Rage
  • Borderlands 2: Add-on Content Pack
  • Company of Heroes 2
  • Deadly Premonition: Director’s Cut
  • Deadpool
  • Fuse
  • Gears of War: Judgement
  • God Mode
  • Killer is Dead
  • Splinter Cell Blacklist
  • The Walking Dead
  • The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct

The board will re-convene to review the games on November 18 and 19, then December 2, 3 and 5.

In a statement, Ron Curry, CEO of the Interactive Games and Entertainment Association said that the reviews are odd, given that the body has received no complaints about any of the games listed.

He added, “Most people don’t realise that before a video game lands on a store shelf, it has already been rigorously examined against a set of guidelines set out by our Government. In fact, Australia is one of the few developed nations to have classification guidelines determined by Government.

“Not only have these games already been examined against stringent guidelines, we also haven’t heard of any formal complaints made by parents or adults who think the video games are wrongly classified. The review is an unwarranted and costly exercise to satisfy a vocal yet unrepresentative minority.”

What do you make of the above? Is this a pointless exercise, or do the games warrant further scrutiny?

Via PCGamesN and Polygon.

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  1. Deadpoolfan

    “In fact, Australia is one of the few developed nations to have classification guidelines determined by Government.”

    Which is exactly why I am never moving to Australia. Their government has probably the most unenlightened view of video games among developed countries. I feel bad for Aussie games having to deal with this crap.

    #1 5 months ago
  2. ctankep

    @1

    Despite th’ moral crusade powering this games ratings here aren’t so bad.
    We get more adult ., explicit scenes than US versions o’ games because they’re
    coming from Europe [ PAL standard ] which has a more sensible approach to
    sexuality an’ less moral backwash.

    What we do have to worry about however –
    Is th’ fact that our new government is going to screw us all out o’ a national
    broadband network based on fibre. Instead they’re going to sell it to Murdoch
    via a puppet committee headed up by a failed ex -Telsta CEO who was largely
    responsible for th’ degradation o’ our copper networks in th’ first place. That
    they are happy to run this major $6BN infrastructure project into th’ ground
    so that their mates can make a few quick bucks at th’ expense o’ our next
    20 -years.

    #2 5 months ago