Australian Classification Demystified

Laura Parker speaks to an authorised assessor and the former deputy director of the Classification Board to get a rundown on how the Australian classification system works and their opinions on the R18+ rating for games.

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10 comments
jhonel83
jhonel83

By watching this video, I should advise them to rate it as R18 and ban it as well. I am getting this irrestible urge to grab that blonde guy and punch him in the face. Repeatedly.

isshiah
isshiah

@the_link_keeper the xbox 360 utilizes a similar method. it just goes to show that the parent's should take an interest in what their children are doing, instead of trying to get things banned. in fact, i was buying a game yesterday and saw a boy no older than 10 buying modern warfare 2 and assassins creed brotherhood. both are MA15+ games.

herodotus2006
herodotus2006

If this affects whether true R18+ games are allowed into Australia (or downloadable without censoring) then I'm all for it. If however it simply takes many MA15+ and re-stamps them R18+ and nothing more, I'm not that enthused.

01-cannon-mpc
01-cannon-mpc

About time thos wombats got an R18+ rating. Its realy stupid that thay dont and i agree with him that thay should and need an R18+ rating. If i was a game developer i whould rather NOT make a game there because it whould cost to mutch time and money to make it fit just for them.

jazzyrider
jazzyrider

Very important on game classifications, just wish all countries would adopt a universal standard. obviously some countries idea/perception is different on various topics but there should be some baselines and guidelines.

the_link_keeper
the_link_keeper

He's an idea, make it a requirement for all game systems and PC's to come with a child lock or password system for R rated content. I think the PS3 does. (though I admit I have no idea about other systems, I suspect they also do). I feel for you guys in Australia, you deserve to be able to play R18 games. But I guess the bottom line is that if they allow R rated content in one medium it should be allowed in all mediums.

Balmane
Balmane

@Antherian_being I know it must horrible for the few or maybe many who want them. It's just silly how they don't let it happen.

Antherian_being
Antherian_being

@Balmane That's right, we don't. And it's a pain - you have no IDEA the amount of hassle Aussies have gone over thru the years for an R rating for games.

Balmane
Balmane

They don't have R18? That's weird I have been with that rating all my life :P