Poll: Will Australia's R18+ Rating Change Anything?

January 2, 2013 -

As we reported earlier today, Australia now has an R18+ rating for its video games.


But will the extra rating change anything?  The government still has the ability to refuse classification.  Will particularly violent titles be released under the new adult rating or will they just get banned anyway?

It's an interesting topic and one EZK and I will be sure to discuss on the next podcast.  Why not contribute your own thoughts on the matter by posting a comment below or sending us an email at SuperPACPodcast@gmail.com?  After all, doing so burns 1000 calories an hour, fights plaque and makes you more attractive to both genders and some species of squirrel!

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Re: Poll: Will Australia's R18+ Rating Change Anything?

In some ways it's not going to matter, depending on how you shop. It's cheaper to buy from overseas in many cases and they don't appear to check many (if any) DVD-size packages coming into the country. Potential over-the-counter sales will be missed, but more and more people shop online these days and the trend will only rise.

As to whether the government will in fact simply refuse classification to an 'unwanted' product, I don't think there is much of a precedent for this happening. If appropriate guidelines are in place the Classification Board seem to follow them, admittedly with the occasional hiccup. I doubt the government would likely intervene unless the controversy over a product was particularly great. Even then the Classification Board would probably just be made to go over it again. The key is for the board to have explicit and reasonable guidelines.

I just asked my new squirrel friend for their opinion and they agree.

Re: Poll: Will Australia's R18+ Rating Change Anything?

Actually, with games like Mark Ecko's getting up, a Predator title, it has happened, not too often but it has happened, it might just be harder for them to justify it now.

Re: Poll: Will Australia's R18+ Rating Change Anything?

Not much precedent? What about Marc  Ecko?


Re: Poll: Will Australia's R18+ Rating Change Anything?

I'd have to tend towards answering 'no' when we're talking about one 6 or 7 year old incident which was still during an era with no R rating. (If there are plenty more I'm happy to stand corrected.) Plus an important key quote in context with what I was saying above re appropriate guidelines is "Federal Attorney-General Philip Ruddock asked the board to reconsider". Sure, you can ask the board to reconsider, but they need to reconsider under the guidelines. Today we have an R rating and community activism which will hopefully make this kind of tactic difficult.

Re: Poll: Will Australia's R18+ Rating Change Anything?

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Re: Poll: Will Australia's R18+ Rating Change Anything?

I didn't think convicts were allowed those yet...

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Re: Poll: Will Australia's R18+ Rating Change Anything?

You're either speaking in gibberish or that of which you speak can only be classified as magic.

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