We really do feel for our friends in Australia; when a game gets just a bit bloody chances are that the rating system in the country will censor it all somewhat, if not ban the game entirely. It’s affected countless games from Fallout 3 to Left 4 Dead 2, which is a real shame.
This week brings a few changes to that rating system, though under very specific conditions that won’t be of much help to older gamers. South Australia, under the guidance of attorney general John Rau, has switched to a new system. The MA15+ rating has been dropped and in its place stands a new scale of G, PG, M, and R18+. Games currently rated MA15+ will be bumped up to R18+, stopping younger audiences from getting their mits on games they really shouldn’t be.
“I will push for the South Australian position on MA15+ games to be adopted nationally, but if it isn’t, I’m prepared to go it alone,” Rau said.
“There has to be a clear difference between what adults can get and what children can get. At the moment the MA15+ classification is like a crossover point between what is acceptable and what is unacceptable.”
Can’t argue with that really. It’s clear that the ratings in the country still have a long way to go, but maybe this is a step in the right direction.