ABC News reports that the city of Canberra, Australia’s capital, will be receiving a new R18+ rating this week with a national introduction expected in 2013. This decision follows legislation that was submitted to the Australia lower parliament in February.
Australian Capital Territory (ACT) attorney general Simon Corbell claims the new rating will lead to previous titles been given the MA15+ to be “upgraded.”
Meanwhile, previously unavailable games like Syndicate and Mortal Kombat will be introduced into the Australian market.
He also went on to add:
“The ACT [Australian Capital Territory] will be the first jurisdiction to progress a bill giving effect to the Commonwealth’s decision to implement the R18+ category in Australia… This is part of a national reform that will allow adult gamers to view R18+ material in the same way that can already be done for film and printed material. But at the same time it will also provide protection to parents and children by giving parents better guidance about what material is and is not appropriate for people under the age of 18.”
The decision to implement the new rating scheme follows legislation, which was submitted to the Australian lower parliament back in February.
Analysis: As the residential Australian on the staff, this comes as great news to me, and 2013 can’t come quick enough for when my state starts to use the R18+ rating. In fact, when I previously covered the development of a new national rating system, I gave my thoughts on the matter and none of it has changed. It makes no sense that other entertainment media was able to get a free pass, but video games crossed some sort of line that a politician decided to draw up.
It’s no secret that the strict rating laws seen in Australia have been a sore point for the gaming industry from as far back as the days of Doom and the original Mortal Kombat, so to finally be able to see the light at the end of the tunnel is incredibly rewarding.
All that’s left for me to say at this point is, “Finally.”