Australia officially gets the R18 rating for games
It may sound absurd but until now, Australia did not have an adult rating for video games. Either, it was suitable for adolescents aged 15 or it was practically prohibited. A prominent example that doesn't lie too far in the past was the action game Syndicate. There, the argumentation was:
Of course, there were already attempts to finally introduce a R18 rating since both consumers and the industry were very upset about the fact that some games did not at all get a release (GTA III) or do so only in a censored version (Soldier of Fortune III). And yes, the discussion is going on for such a long time that these examples actually make sense. The first time reports emerged about this political initiative was back in 2008. It was especially annoying because one of the General Attorneys could not understand why there were even people that were interested in games only suitable for grown-ups (watch the interview here).
It is important to compare this situation to other countries. While, for example, Germany often suffers from cases where a game is not released or just in a heavily censored version, it is not illegal for people to import the uncut version from foreign countries (except games that are explicitly banned). In Australia, this is much stricter. If a game has no rating, the import is prohibited.
So much for the past. Now, endless rounds of back and forth, a law has been introduced that installs the R18 rating for games. It only took 4 years for this to happen.
Of course, even after this there can be titles that are even too violent for the adult rating and it is also possible that games, that would have gotten a "15" rating without problems, now gets an "18" just because the classification board doesn't have to have a bad conscience that they'd otherwise reject too many games.
Either way, this is a good week for Australian gamers. They now have the same possibilities that their fellow film fans have when dealing with adult material. Congratulations.
Release: Jun 22, 2012 - Author: Bob - Translator: Mike Lowrey
Nov 16, 2017 It (2017) - Theatrical Version Only on Blu-ray
Nov 13, 2017 Murder on the Orient Express - No Extended Cut
Nov 13, 2017 All the Money in the World: Reshoot and Recast
Nov 13, 2017 Kingsman: The Golden Circle on Blu-ray in the US
Nov 01, 2017 Death Race: Beyond Anarchy Will Be Unrated
Nov 01, 2017 Arrow About to Release The Cat O' Nine Tails
Nov 01, 2017 The Snowman: Director Complains About Production
Nov 01, 2017 Roman J. Israel, Esq - Alterations Before Release
Oct 11, 2017 American Horror Story - Latest Episode Censored
Sep 28, 2017 Kingsman: The Golden Circle: Possible Extended Cut