Tag Archives: Australian classifications
Mon, Jun 18, 2012 | 13:43 BST
Legislation has been passed by Australia’s Federal Parliament to facilitate the introduction of a mature R18+ rating classification for video games, three years after the Attorney-General’s Department first published a discussion paper on the topic in 2009.
Wed, May 16, 2012 | 01:53 BST
The reliably leaky Australian Classification Board believes IO Interactive has finished a new Mini Ninjas game.
Thu, Apr 26, 2012 | 07:44 BST
Telltale has confirmed that it won’t be bringing console version of The Walking Dead to Australians following an 18+ international classification.
Fri, Apr 13, 2012 | 04:08 BST
An unannounced Microsoft Studios title has appeared on the Australian Classification Board’s database. Called Joy Ride Turbo, the game was rated on April 5 and was given a G with a warning that online play experience may vary. It’s not clear if the new game has any relation to fellow Microsoft Studios release Kinect Joy Ride, although it certainly seems likely. We’ll poke Microsoft a bit and let you know if we get an answer.
Tue, Apr 03, 2012 | 07:11 BST
South Australia will move ahead with attorney general John Rau’s plan to rebadge all games rated MA15+ as R18+, enforcing their sale only to legal adults, despite progress in a national campaign for classification reform.
Tue, Mar 27, 2012 | 02:35 BST
The Australian Capital Territory will be the first to Australian region to introduce legislation in support of an R18+ ratings category for video games.
Tue, Mar 20, 2012 | 00:33 GMT
The House of Representatives has approved plans to introduce an R18+ ratings category for video games in Australia.
Wed, Feb 29, 2012 | 06:43 GMT
The Australian House of Representatives’ Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs has returned a positive verdict on an inquiry into proposed changes to Australia’s classification laws.
Wed, Feb 15, 2012 | 22:58 GMT
Flummoxed by the sudden appearance of a wild legislation, the Coalition called for an inquiry into a bill proposing changes to Australia’s Classification act – namely, the addition of an R18+ ratings category for video games. The proposed changes have been the subject of public consultation, debate and multiple inquiries over the past few years, and were finally introduced to parliament for the first time yesterday. The inquiry is likely to delay the bill slightly but may not affect plans to bring the new ratings category into effect as early as January 1, 2013. Current legislation in Australia refuses classification – and thereby, legal sale – of content rated higher than MA15+.
Wed, Feb 15, 2012 | 01:17 GMT
Tue, Jan 24, 2012 | 07:12 GMT
Wed, Jan 18, 2012 | 05:02 GMT
Cynaide’s RPG based on George RR Martin’s explosively popular fantasy series may be further along than expected.
Tue, Jan 10, 2012 | 21:49 GMT
In July, the Australian Classificaiton Board awarded Digital Extremes’ The Darkness II an MA15+ rating – and then did it again in December. A 2K spokesperson told MCV Pacific the game had to be re-classified after the addition of a sex scene. No content has been cut or edited beyond the new addition, but the game now carries an additional content warning. The Darkness II is due on PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in early February.
Fri, Jan 06, 2012 | 02:17 GMT
Previously restricted to Japan and the US, it looks like Harvest Moon: The Tale of Two Towns may arrive in PAL territories.
Thu, Jan 05, 2012 | 04:30 GMT
Player Attack reports a number of Australian retailers are offering grey import copies of Star Wars: The Old Republic for sale. The MMORPG has not been formally dated for local release, although BioWare recently confirmed an official launch down under. As games which have not been classified by Australian authorities cannot be offered at retail, the not-very-troubling mystery classification of BioWare and LucasArts title Paper, Scissors, Stone looks to be solved. Go get ‘em.
Wed, Dec 21, 2011 | 00:15 GMT
EA has confirmed it won’t censor Starbreeze’s Syndicate reboot to meet MA15+ content guidelines, preferring to skip an Australian release all together.
Tue, Dec 20, 2011 | 05:18 GMT
When it’s not refusing classification to anticipated titles, the Australian Classification Board delights in leaking like a sieve. Its latest effort has outed two new Ubisoft games, Prince of Persia for Wii and 3DS, and Rayman for 3DS. Joystiq theorises that the listings pertain to Virtual Console releases, hence the simple, days-of-yore titles, which match Game Boy Color releases.
Tue, Dec 20, 2011 | 09:07 GMT
Starbreeze’s shooter take on classic Bullfrog property Syndicate has been Refused Classification in Australia, effectively banning it from sale.
Tue, Dec 13, 2011 | 22:31 GMT
Labour’s cabinet reshuffle has seen former federal minister for home affairs Brendan O’Connor relinquish the portfolio governing Australian classifications in favour of the human services seat. O’Connor has been an outspoken champion of classification reform, demonstrating a genuine understanding of the needs of the games industry and its customers as well as the protection of children from mature content. Under his guidance, the nation has come closer to the introduction of an R18+ ratings category than ever before. He will be replaced by former minister for defence material Jason Clare, whose views on classification reform are as yet unknown.
Fri, Oct 28, 2011 | 07:47 BST
The ponderous pace of legislation change could delay Australia’s newly-sanctioned R18+ classification for years yet.