Final Australian State Passes R18+ Legislation

Final Australian State Passes R18+ Legislation

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Videogames rated R18+ are now legal across all seven states and territories of Australia.

A few years ago, a big push to introduce the R18+ rating for games in Australia gained a lot of support from gamers, concerned parents, and lawmakers. Legislation was passed and handed on to Australia's seven states and territories, who each had to pass their own "complementary legislation". This week Queensland, the seventh and final state, passed its complementary legislation. All that is left is for Queensland's Governor to sign the bill in to law, and Australians across the whole country will finally be legally able to purchase and play videogames rated R18+.

"The introduction of this classification should be welcome news for parents, who will now have more control over the games their children are playing," said Queensland's Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie. "I encourage parents to be guided by these classifications, as I'm sure many are unaware of the levels of violence and adult material contained in some computer games."

It should be noted that this law is not retroactive, meaning publishers and developers will have to resubmit previously banned games to the Australian Classification Board to receive the new rating. Konami recently submitted its Mortal Kombat Komplete Edition to the board, a new version of Mortal Kombat (2011), which was banned under the old legislation. Ninja Gaiden 3, currently slated for a March 20 release, was previously classified under the new legislation, and will be the first R18+ rated videogame to be legally sold in Australia.

A long time ago, when videogames consisted of Pong and Pac-man, the Australian Classification Board scoffed at the very idea of videogames one day being realistic enough to warrant an R18+ rating. Thus, the highest classification for any videogame released in Australia was set as MA15+. However, as videogame technology became more and more advanced, it became clear that some games had content that was not suitable for anyone under 18.

This put these games in a kind of legal limbo in Australia. There was no legal rating above MA15+, meaning that if a game was deemed inappropriate for 15 year olds, it was simply banned for sale in the country. While very few games were outright banned (GTA: San Andreas is the most prominent example), many games had their content drastically altered to try and slip past Australian censors. Valve's Left 4 Dead 2, for example, featured heavy censorship of its depictions of violence, and actually had some gameplay elements completely removed.

The new legislation brings videogames in line with movies and television shows, which have had the R18+ rating for many years. It looks like the Australian government has finally come around to acknowledging that hey, adults can play videogames too.

Source: Queensland Parliment

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Not that it actually matters that much. I was never particularly affected by the stupid state of affairs.

Still, it's nice to see it fixed.

I honestly cannot believe how quickly this has happened.

Two and a bit years ago it looked like the againsts were going to stall and prevaricate indefinitely until the change to legislation either ran out of steam or was put into pending review oblivion. Suddenly not only has it happened, but it's happened to all of Australia in about seven months.

Congratulations Aussies!

Holy shit guys. This is actually happening. How many years has it been? If I didn't just have three wisdom teeth pulled out of my skull this morning I'd down a carton of beer in celebration.

GOOOOOOOOOO Australia!
WELL DONE!!
FINALLY I"M SO HAPPY ^_^!!!
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Congrats Australia, you've caught up with the rest of the world.

You must be so proud _

Joking aside, this is great news. You guys till have to pay out of the arse for new games, however :D

now maybe they can play L4D2 the way its meant to be played ^.^

Honestly this took so long you'd think they were trying to legalize gay marriage.

AstaresPanda:
now maybe they can play L4D2 the way its meant to be played ^.^

I dunno, the German edited version contains Counter Strike weapons.

I'd take a hit in the gore for the presence of the AWP any day, doubly so when a Tank rolls into view...

Yay for unban boo for thinking humans are homogenous mass?

knight steel:
GOOOOOOOOOO Australia!
WELL DONE!!
FINALLY I"M SO HAPPY ^_^!!!
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I fucking love that panda. This is fantastic! Us adults are being treated as such now :D

Evil Smurf:

knight steel:
GOOOOOOOOOO Australia!
WELL DONE!!
FINALLY I"M SO HAPPY ^_^!!!
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I fucking love that panda. This is fantastic! Us adults are being treated as such now :D

OMG YOUR PUSSY IS SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO CUTE ^_^
0_0 wait that came out wrong 0_0
OMG I CAN"T STOP HELP ME
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

Finally. Now I'm going to prepare for celebration. I've been waiting for this for so long. Maybe I'll go out and buy a new game too, like X-COM or Journey since I really wanted to play those any way.

knight steel:

Evil Smurf:

knight steel:
GOOOOOOOOOO Australia!
WELL DONE!!
FINALLY I"M SO HAPPY ^_^!!!
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I fucking love that panda. This is fantastic! Us adults are being treated as such now :D

OMG YOUR PUSSY IS SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO CUTE ^_^
0_0 wait that came out wrong 0_0
OMG I CAN"T STOP HELP ME
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

o_O

Ahoy there sailor.

fix-the-spade:

AstaresPanda:
now maybe they can play L4D2 the way its meant to be played ^.^

I dunno, the German edited version contains Counter Strike weapons.

I'd take a hit in the gore for the presence of the AWP any day, doubly so when a Tank rolls into view...

The only problem is that it's probably the worst primary weapon in the game.

knight steel:

Evil Smurf:

knight steel:
GOOOOOOOOOO Australia!
WELL DONE!!
FINALLY I"M SO HAPPY ^_^!!!
image

I fucking love that panda. This is fantastic! Us adults are being treated as such now :D

OMG YOUR PUSSY IS SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO CUTE ^_^
0_0 wait that came out wrong 0_0
OMG I CAN"T STOP HELP ME
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

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OT: Congrats Aussies.

Aussie! Aussie! Aussie!

Oi! Oi! Oi!

i wonder how these violent video games will affect the violent wildlife...

WE DID IT GUYS! WE FINALLY DID IT!

AstaresPanda:
now maybe they can play L4D2 the way its meant to be played ^.^

I always have, but yes finally the proper version will be in stores :-)
About time, been looking forward to this for awhile now.

Of course Queensland was last. They're 20 years behind the rest of the country. It's where Bob Katter spawned from. Nuff said.

Evil Smurf:

knight steel:

Evil Smurf:
I fucking love that panda. This is fantastic! Us adults are being treated as such now :D

OMG YOUR PUSSY IS SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO CUTE ^_^
0_0 wait that came out wrong 0_0
OMG I CAN"T STOP HELP ME
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

o_O

Ahoy there sailor.

NameIsRobertPaulson:

knight steel:

Evil Smurf:
I fucking love that panda. This is fantastic! Us adults are being treated as such now :D

OMG YOUR PUSSY IS SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO CUTE ^_^
0_0 wait that came out wrong 0_0
OMG I CAN"T STOP HELP ME
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

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OT: Congrats Aussies.

Aussie! Aussie! Aussie!

Oi! Oi! Oi!

What can I say I'm a pervert:
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knight steel:
What can I say? I'm a pervert.

My avatar is kinda scared

Evil Smurf:

knight steel:
What can I say? I'm a pervert.

My avatar is kinda scared

It's fine shhhhh it's fine.....now put this on:
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knight steel:

Evil Smurf:

knight steel:
What can I say? I'm a pervert.

My avatar is kinda scared

It's fine shhhhh it's fine.....now put this on:
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Does this smell like chloroform?

fix-the-spade:

I dunno, the German edited version contains Counter Strike weapons.

I'd take a hit in the gore for the presence of the AWP any day, doubly so when a Tank rolls into view...

Australian version doesn't have those weapons.

Not that it's a problem since those weapons actually kinda suck.

You can use them on modded servers and you quickly realise how much smoother[dodgy reload/shooting animations and stuff] and functionally straight out better the non-CS weapons are, ((especially since, in those servers I've found them on, you can use them side by side with the non-CS ones letting you directly compare on the spot))

A win for the Australian gamers! Woo! Now you get to enjoy your uncensored versions of the game we got at twice the price! :D

You guys probably should work that out too...

Evil Smurf:

knight steel:

Evil Smurf:
My avatar is kinda scared

It's fine shhhhh it's fine.....now put this on:
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Does this smell like chloroform?

WHAT!?!.....I mea.....no....it's......perfume,yes special perfume just for you!

knight steel:

Evil Smurf:

knight steel:

It's fine shhhhh it's fine.....now put this on:
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Does this smell like chloroform?

WHAT!?!.....I mea.....no....it's......perfume,yes special perfume just for you!

seems legit.

Evil Smurf:

knight steel:

Evil Smurf:
Does this smell like chloroform?

WHAT!?!.....I mea.....no....it's......perfume,yes special perfume just for you!

seems legit.

Yes it is "legit"....Wait is the perfume to strong for you, you seem to be getting dizzy,here quickly lie down:
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knight steel:

Evil Smurf:

knight steel:

WHAT!?!.....I mea.....no....it's......perfume,yes special perfume just for you!

seems legit.

Yes it is "legit"....Wait is the perfume to strong for you, you seem to be getting dizzy,here quickly lie down:
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I don't normally lie down on so many chains.

Evil Smurf:

knight steel:

Evil Smurf:
seems legit.

Yes it is "legit"....Wait is the perfume to strong for you, you seem to be getting dizzy,here quickly lie down:
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I don't normally lie down on so many chains.

Well now you can try! Just lie down while:
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