Queensland passes R18+ rating for video games

Queensland approves R18+ classification rating for video games; new legislation brings it in line with Australia's other states and territories.

Late yesterday Queensland passed legislation that allows for the classification and sale of R18+ video games in the state. A statement released by the Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Jarrod Bleiji confirmed that the introduction of the rating would "prevent underage gamers from being exposed to inappropriate material."

With Queensland getting a R18+ games rating, Kratos does not have to be sad anymore.

Gamers who wish to purchase R18+ classified video games will be required to provide identification, as they would any other restricted goods. The new rating puts the state in line with the rest of the country, which enacted complimentary state legislation ahead of January 1, 2013.

The Queensland Government did not join other Australian states and territories in introducing the classification rating early this year, instead awaiting the results of a Legal Affairs and Community Safety report to be released before voting. The legislation was originally introduced in the Queensland Parliament on October 31, 2012, before being referred to the committee.

The introduction of the R18+ rating in Queensland comes a week after PlayStation 3-exclusive title God of War: Ascension was pulled from retailer store shelves. The game had allegedly been granted the newly-introduced R18+ rating, which meant that despite being available in all other parts of the country, could not be sold in Queensland prior to the introduction of the adult rating.

For more information on the introduction of a R18+ rating for video games in Australia, read our Q&A.

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Zorine “harli” Te is a long time Australian competitive gamer and also an Associate Editor at GameSpot.

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8 comments
aussiemuscle
aussiemuscle

Will Valve please now remove the restrictions on their Australian releases? (eg L4D2)

Plataea
Plataea

Progress!  We Aussies won't miss out any more.  Good on Queensland for finally joining in.

aus_pride
aus_pride

Thats 2 times now that gamespot has said the game "had to be pulled from shelves". The game is due for release in march!!!!   It has not been released yet!!! 

Devils-DIVISION
Devils-DIVISION

Tis the Queens land after all. And she will introduce an R18+ rating into her lands when she sees fit!

'Bout time the ol' hag did it though!