Australian Classification Board Updates R18+ Guidelines

Australian Classification Board Updates R18+ Guidelines

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Changes to the ratings guidelines tighten regulations on sexual content, but the Board is still wary of drugs and interactive violence.

The Australian Classification Board has recently made some amendments to the original November 2011 release of the rating guidelines, but some parts of the document are still being met with disapproval.

The original edition of the guidelines said that the MA15+ and R18+ categories could allow for implied sexual violence, provided that it was non-interactive and justified by the context of the game. The new release, on the other hand, states that "implied sexual violence that is visually depicted, interactive, not justified by context or related to incentives or rewards is not permitted" for R18+ rated games. The updated rules also revealed that, while simulated sexual activity that is not "explicit and realistic" is considered to be okay, depictions of "actual sexual activity" were not suitable for classification.

The initial stance on games that rewarded illicit drug use or portrayed detailed and realistic drug use remained unchanged; these games would still be refused classification.

In addition, the updated guidelines still retained this statement on the impact of interactivity in videogames:

Due to the interactive nature of computer games and the active repetitive involvement of the participant, as a general rule computer games may have a higher impact than similarly themed depictions of the classifiable elements in film, and therefore greater potential for harm or detriment, particularly to minors.

Interactivity may increase the impact of some content: for example, impact may be higher where interactivity enables action such as inflicting realistically depicted injuries or death or post-mortem damage, attacking civilians or engaging in sexual activity. Greater degrees of interactivity (such as first-person gameplay compared to third-person gameplay) may also increase the impact of some content.

It's not a definitive statement, but the fact that this section still exists has drawn some criticism. The Interactive Games and Entertainment Association (IGEA) commented on the statement: "As we have previously stated, we are concerned with the acknowledgment in the guidelines that interactivity has greater impact on players, despite the Federal Attorney-General's office publishing a literature review in September 2010 that found no evidence to support these claims".

"Ultimately, we will need to wait to see how the Classification Board interpret and administer the new R18+ and revised M and MA15+ categories," the Association said. "We trust that they will reflect the standards of morality, decency and propriety accepted by reasonable adults, not just the vocal ones."

The updated classification can be found on the Australian Classification Board's website.

Source: Gamespot

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I am sick of being treated as a child. I am 19, I vote. Why won't they let me play man hunt?

I could rage and rant that it's not perfect, or I could be thankful that there's an 18+ rating now. I wonder which I'll choose ...

Timothy Chang:
May have a higher impact.

May increase the impact of some content.

Impact may be higher.

May also increase the impact of some content.

A little less maybe and a little more decisive, scientifically derived fact, would be nice. You know you can't just use 'may' in place of something and have it mean the same thing, right guys? Kind of like how if you were to say looking at an ant may cause some people to go on a murder spree, it'd be worth fuck all as a statement and you would be a twat for saying it.

Evil Smurf:
I am sick of being treated as a child. I am 19, I vote. Why won't they let me play man hunt?

If you want to be treated like an adult, you should find a more respectable hobby.

So in a country where everything is already trying to kill you, the government thinks that "realistic" imagery is too much for their citizen's tiny minds? It's good to know mine isn't the only country run by idiots who are afraid of reality.

DVS BSTrD:
So in a country where everything is already trying to kill you, the government thinks that "realistic" imagery is too much for their citizen's tiny minds? It's good to know mine isn't the only country run by idiots who reject reality.

You wanna go live on the moon, or something?

Alright, I'm happy for a R18+ rating but that doesn't change much when there's not much difference between it and MA15+.
I really hate ambiguous rules and laws and after reading through the documents I can safely say that these are ambiguous.

I remember awhile back strongly considering moving to this country due to the abundance of incredibly attractive women with adorable accents. Now, not so much. I mean, if this is how they regulate video games, think of what other arbitrary government bullshit Australians must have to put up with.

DVS BSTrD:
So in a country where everything is already trying to kill you.

That's the best part of Australia.

zelda2fanboy:
I remember awhile back strongly considering moving to this country due to the abundance of incredibly attractive women with adorable accents. Now, not so much. I mean, if this is how they regulate video games, think of what other arbitrary government bullshit Australians must have to put up with.


Yeah, they put them accents to good use.

So the video game R is about the same as M for the movies now
It's still a step forward from before... more or less

Dusty Pancakes:

DVS BSTrD:
So in a country where everything is already trying to kill you.

That's the best part of Australia.

zelda2fanboy:
I remember awhile back strongly considering moving to this country due to the abundance of incredibly attractive women with adorable accents. Now, not so much. I mean, if this is how they regulate video games, think of what other arbitrary government bullshit Australians must have to put up with.

Yeah, they put them accents to good use.

O jeez, it's sad I can't say there are not a lot of girls like that although luckily I don't run into many many of them at uni, can't imagine why.

well, im happy for a 18+ rating since i will return back to australia next month but ffs, can they chill out for once?!
i have seen australian movies with far more realistic violence that have even a MA15+ rating. they are so ignorant.

So from what I'm getting here, they're just going to keep doing what they've been doing and ban the games they would have anyway, but now can apply R18 to games that would have gotten an MA15 rating.

And I thought there was a genuine risk of progress. Whew! Good save, Australia!

It's like your government takes one step forward, and then squeals like a little girl and runs back to its room, slamming its door behind it.

Good ol' fashioned THE FUTURE. Where the suggestion of sex still scares the shit out of almost everybody, apparently.

Same shit different name. The government, so terrified that if it allows the slightest self determination of adults to choose what digital entertainment they so desire it will result in mass anarchy and distribution of unprovoked violence nation wide. They only changed the name, not what they are afraid of letting people play.

"Interactivity may increase the impact of some content"
"May"?! "May"?! We're talking about defining the law people! This isn't the place of "May"!

zelda2fanboy:
I remember awhile back strongly considering moving to this country due to the abundance of incredibly attractive women with adorable accents. Now, not so much. I mean, if this is how they regulate video games, think of what other arbitrary government bullshit Australians must have to put up with.

Also, we're in the stone age of internet.
Our internet situation is basically your health cover situation:(
So yeah, you can do better than here.

Rocklobster99:

Evil Smurf:
I am sick of being treated as a child. I am 19, I vote. Why won't they let me play man hunt?

If you want to be treated like an adult, you should find a more respectable hobby.

Yeah, it's been known for quite awhile but I'll agree: voting has become a childishly meaningless hobby.

That's why I like video games: it's a fantasy that, at least, let's me have some amount of fun all the while putting me in control of it.

"Due to the interactive nature of computer games and the active repetitive involvement of the participant, as a general rule computer games may have a higher impact than similarly themed depictions of the classifiable elements in film, and therefore greater potential for harm or detriment, particularly to minors."

I'm sorry but in a discussion about adult video games, the harm that could be done to minors is redundant BECAUSE THEY SHOULDN'T BE PLAYING THE FUCKING THINGS IN THE FIRST PLACE.

God damn it, this shit has been going on for so long that I'm officially sick of having to defend myself and parent other people's kid. This country needs to grow the fuck up and get rid of the Conservative fucks who keep fucking this shit up for the rest of us.

FUCK.

/rant.

UberNoodle:
I could rage and rant that it's not perfect, or I could be thankful that there's an 18+ rating now. I wonder which I'll choose ...

Time to make a second account?

Boudica:

Timothy Chang:
May have a higher impact.

May increase the impact of some content.

Impact may be higher.

May also increase the impact of some content.

A little less maybe and a little more decisive, scientifically derived fact, would be nice. You know you can't just use 'may' in place of something and have it mean the same thing, right guys? Kind of like how if you were to say looking at an ant may cause some people to go on a murder spree, it'd be worth fuck all as a statement and you would be a twat for saying it.

it may be favour to the workd to remove people making this stuff up from the world. But alas this is nothing new. world is full of idiots. Im just happy they are very slowly catching up to the 20th century (no thatsnot a mistake, its 20th not 21st)

Warped_Ghost:

UberNoodle:
I could rage and rant that it's not perfect, or I could be thankful that there's an 18+ rating now. I wonder which I'll choose ...

Time to make a second account?

That just might do it!

 

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