With the possible introduction of an R18+ age rating, Australia is hoping to phase out the MA15+rating that has led to many a game banning or censoring over the past few years.
In South Australia, though, it looks like the MA15+ rating could remain, but require customers to have ID proving they’re over 18 years of age to purchase. South Australian Attorney-General John Rau had initially proposed the complete removal of the 15+ rating, but a spokesperson recently confirmed the rating will remain.
That might seem pointless but it does mean that parents would have complete control over what games teenagers could play. The legislation will be proposed in parliament next month, following its approval by the South Australian cabinet.
It’s an odd one, then, but if it helps bring about an end to censorship in Australia, we’re all for it.