The censorship of Grand Theft Auto IV will likely force the Australian government to add an R18 rating by year’s end, according to The Australian.
GamePolitics readers will recall that some of GTA IV’s sex scenes had to be cut in order to qualify for the current highest rating, MA15+. Without the edits, the game would have been banned by Australia’s Office of Film and Literature Classification.
Greg Bondar, who heads the Game Developers Association of Australia told The Australian:
I think the release of GTAIV is a defining moment; it goes to show how far the games industry has come. The ratings system has not kept up.
The Interactive Entertainment Association of Australia also supports adding a R18. IEA chief executive Ron Curry said:
Anecdotally, there was always a lot of hostility towards the classifications, but that is softening now as people are becoming more comfortable with games as just another form of media.