IGEA on R18+ Failure

Last week Australia’s attorneys-general failed to agree on an R18+ rating for video games, pushing the issue off to sometime "early next year," so that commissioners have more time to study the issue and craft solutions. Many in the country had hoped that the AG’s would agree on a classification and get to work on implementing it. Sadly that did not happen.

Ron Curry, chief executive of the Interactive Games and Entertainment Association, issued a statement Friday afternoon saying the following:

"It’s disappointing that an adult rating for video games will be delayed once again despite mass support from the Australian community, whether it is from adult gamers who want the right to play games that appeal to them or parents who want clear guidelines for their children.

"We are however pleased that the industry has been given the opportunity to put forward its arguments for an adult rating and encouraged by the tremendous support the issue has received from the Federal Government, and the active engagement by each attorney-general at today’s meeting on the issue.

"We’re hopeful that the weight of evidence and the comprehensive research into the matter will ensure an adult rating is introduced when the attorney-generals reconvene."

The next SCAG meeting is scheduled for sometime in March 2011. Source: News.au.com

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