Australia finally gets R18+ classification for games

The headline ‘Games finally get an 18+ certificate’ is pretty old news, unless that is you happen to live in sunny Australia where legislation is a tad behind the times. In 2012 it seems crazy that this could actually be current news, but it is. Come the 1st of January 2013 Australian gamers will finally be able to purchase 18+ rated games just like the rest of us, which I imagine will be quite the breath of fresh air. Shadow attorney-general George Brandis pointed out that this would finally give Australia a uniform classification regime, something that many people have been waiting a long time for.

“The passage of this bill will no doubt be welcomed by adult gamers all across Australia,” Senator Brandis told the Senate.

“The industry has been waiting for this change for some time.”

Anything that better informs consumers sounds like a good idea to me, but don’t take my word for it, Home Affairs Minister Jason Clare agrees wholeheartedly.

“The R18+ category will inform consumers, parents and retailers about which games are not suitable for minors to play and will prevent minors from purchasing unsuitable material.

“The reforms also mean that adults are able to choose what games they play within the bounds of the law.”

I couldn’t have said it better myself.