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Australian Government Agrees On New R18+ Rating

Posted on September 2, 2011 AT 12:00am

THE BUZZ: The Australian Ratings Board has voted to finally include a new mature rating known as R18+.

WHAT WE KNOW: For years many Australian gamers have had to live with the fact that some games will never be released over there due to the Australian Ratings Board refusing to give some of them ratings due to excessive content such as violence and gore.

One member of the panel, NSW Attorney-General Greg Smith abstained from the vote, however the federal Government promised to override NSW and implement the new rating no matter what. Home Affairs Minister, Brendan O’Conner said;

“We’ve now struck an historic agreement and we can move forward to having an adult classification in this country as is the case in New Zealand, the US, Europe and many other parts of the world.”

EGM’s TAKE: It’s good to know that Australians will finally be able to enjoy the same games that the rest of the worlds gamers do without needing to import or play toned down versions of the original.

Source: Sydney Morning Herald

Nick Baumfeld
Bio: Nick Baumfeld has been involved in the video game industry for a good 12 years. He has seen the industry from all view points and has a background in websites, website integration and social media. Nick pioneered the online video game rental business back in the day, moved forward into online video game trading and then moved viral with the well received Video Games Application on Facebook. Today, he has joined up with EGM founder Steve Harris to create something truly unique and special; EGMNOW, a community dedicated to all manner of gamers.

Gaming MO: Nick is a first person shooter type of gamer and enjoys heated bouts of Halo with friends and family (even while being schooled by his children).

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