Guidelines for what will be refused classification:
RC - REFUSED CLASSIFICATION
Note: Computer games that exceed the R 18+ classification category will be Refused Classification.
Computer games will be refused classification if they include or contain any of the following:
CRIME OR VIOLENCE
Detailed instruction or promotion in matters of crime or violence.
The promotion or provision of instruction in paedophile activity.
Descriptions or depictions of child sexual abuse or any other exploitative or offensive descriptions or depictions involving a person who is, or appears to be, a child under 18 years.
(i) violence with a very high degree of impact which are excessively frequent, prolonged, detailed or repetitive;
(ii) cruelty or realistic violence which are very detailed and which have a very high impact;
(iii) actual sexual violence.
Implied sexual violence related to incentives and rewards.
Depictions of actual sexual activity are not permitted.
Depictions of simulated sexual activity that are explicit and realistic are not permitted.
Depictions of practices such as bestiality.
Gratuitous, exploitative or offensive depictions of:
(i) activity accompanied by fetishes or practices which are offensive or abhorrent;
(ii) incest fantasies or other fantasies which are offensive or abhorrent.
Detailed instruction in the use of proscribed drugs.
Material promoting or encouraging proscribed drug use.
Computer games will also be Refused Classification if they contain:
(i) illicit or proscribed drug use related to incentives or rewards;
(ii) interactive drug use which is detailed and realistic.
Note: Some of the terms used in this category are defined in the List of Terms at the end of these Guidelines.
LIST OF TERMS
Note: Words which are used in the Guidelines but which are not contained in this List of Terms take their usual dictionary meaning. Refer to the latest edition of The Macquarie Dictionary.
Coercion: The use of threat or power to force agreement to sexual activity.
Demean: A depiction or description, directly or indirectly sexual in nature, which debases or appears to debase the person or the character depicted.
Elements: Themes, violence, sex, coarse language, drug use and nudity.
Exploitative: Appearing to purposefully debase or abuse for the enjoyment of others, and lacking moral, artistic or other values.
Fetish: An object, an action or a non-sexual part of the body which gives sexual gratification.
Intensity: Strength of the treatment or subject matter; strength of engagement or involvement.
Interactivity: The quality of being interactive. Providing or capable of providing for user participation that enables some measure of control in relation to user action, data input and commands. The user's participation may influence outcomes that in turn, may affect what options are available to them for subsequent interaction.
Offensive: Material which causes outrage or extreme disgust.
Sexual Activity: Matters pertaining to sexual acts, but not limited to sexual intercourse.
Sexual Violence: Sexual assault or aggression, in which the victim does not consent.
Sexualised Violence: Where sex and violence are connected in the story, although sexual violence may not necessarily occur.
Themes: Social issues such as crime, suicide, drug and alcohol dependency, death, serious illness, family breakdown and racism.
Treatment: The way in which material is handled or presented.
Violence: Acts of violence; the threat or effects of violence.
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