Is Australia finally getting an 18+ rating for games?

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They may be our most hated opponents when it comes to sports, but at least the Australians are worthy rivals, like an evil twin to our awesome nation. Its just a pity that for those of us who play our competitions in a digital arena, never really get to face the Aussies, due to their draconian restrictions on video games. But all this might change soon.

The whole issue harkens back years ago in Australian history, as the lawmakers of the country never thought it would be necessary for video games to need such an adult rating. With games having become more violent and realistic in later years, such games were obviously automatically barred, and despite several lobbies to update the law, naysayers within the country managed to effectively halt any progress on this.

But earlier this week, 8 out of 9 states agreed in “principle” to support the move, with the New South Wales Attorney-General Greg Smith abstaining from the vote. Home Affairs Minister Brendan O’Connor commented that the NSW absence “Won’t stop progress. "We’re introducing a national R18+ classification, regardless of what NSW chooses to do."

Smiths spokesman said earlier this week that the Attorney General was waiting for results from the Australian Law Reform Commission’s classification review before making a decision, which will only be in 2012, and that "NSW has no intention of being a fly in the ointment”, meaning that NSW will also be joining the rest of Australia in the modern age of video game ratings.

I don’t know about you guys, but I’m looking forward to finally performing some nasty fatalities on Australians later this year.

Source: CVG

Last Updated: July 22, 2011

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