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Australia changes game classification system... a bit
« on: June 18, 2012, 03:43:23 PM »
Well this is cool.  Apparently the Australian government decided to take a step in the right direction and change their game rating system to include an "adults-only label."  Before the rating only went up as high as 15+, so anything deemed to extreme for the discerning 15 year old customer couldn't be sold (like Postal) or changed before it could be sold (like Left4Dead 2).

www.gametrailers.com/side-mission/2012/06/18/australia-officially-stops-censoring-video-games/


This was an interesting end-note in the article though:

"Note that this doesn't abolish the classification board, or order that board to give all games a rating: the classification board can still decide a game isn't suitable for anybody, and deny it a rating. But it does give that board more flexibility…and Australian gamers less agony over what will be approved."

They can still technically enforce censorship sadly... another obstacle for another day.  But like I said, its a step in the right direction.

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Re: Australia changes game classification system... a bit
« Reply #1 on: June 18, 2012, 03:46:51 PM »
The ESRB is pretty fair when it comes to rating games,But everything in australia is either censored or banned,this is good news for gamers there.

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Re: Australia changes game classification system... a bit
« Reply #2 on: July 14, 2012, 09:44:45 PM »
An R18+ rating is fantastic thing. Pretty much everything that was RCed should be able to be reclassified as R18+ now.

Very few games have been banned/censored in Australia. People exaggerate how bad the classification system is. Duke Nukem Forever featuring poop throwing, crazy gibbing/dismemberment, strippers and a shit ton of swearing was released uncensored as MA15+, people saying 'All games are censored in Australia' are taking it WAY out of proportion. It's not the bad.

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They can still technically enforce censorship sadly... another obstacle for another day.  But like I said, its a step in the right direction.
That's true, anything exceeding an R18+ rating will still be RC'd but I doubt anything will unless it's some sort of sick necrophilia simulator or something...

Also, taking what you said, in the USA anything rated AO by the ESRB is basically banned on every platform but PC (basically...Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony don't allow AO rated games on their platforms, almost every retailer including digital distribution refuse to sell AO games) So, it isn't banned but the developer/publisher really has no choice but to edit it to accompany an M rating so it can actually sell. The same thing applies to movies in the USA (watch This Film Is Not Yet Rated)

 

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