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Western Australian Government flip-flops on 18-rated game certificate

Australia’s governing bodies have long taken issue with violent content in games and has refused to establish an 18-rated certificate for games featuring mature content. While the certificate is making headway in all regions, it has been wrenched back to the drawing board by Western Australia authorities.

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Age Ratings headlines

  • 'Parents responsible for under-age gaming, not the industry' - Byron

    Tanya Byron, author of the Byron Review – a study into the way children are affected by gaming and exposure to the internet – has underlined the role of parents in ensuring their children don’t play games featuring mature content.

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  • Introduction of Aussie R18+ game rating would create jobs

    Brendan O’Connor, Australia’s minister for home affairs, has said that the adoption of an R18+ rating for games in the country would create jobs. Consultation on the adult-only rating is taking place in July.

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  • Nintendo: DSi was region-coded thanks to international age ratings

    DSi has been region-coded to protect the innocent, Nintendo UK boss David Yarnton’s told The Times. “There are many different age requirements with games around the world,” said Yarnton when asked why Nintendo had blocked games from other regions. “I’ve been involved with the Industry Body, and we’ve just had the Byron review, so it’s […]

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  • Singapore announces two-tier ratings system

    Singapore has announced plans to introduce a new ratings system for games, two include only two levels of age restriction: Mature 18 (M18) and Age Advisory. According to this Xinhuanet.com report, “M18 is a restricted category for persons 18 years old and above with retailers required to conduct an age check at the point of […]

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