The island nation of Singapore announced today that it's launching a video game rating classification system beginning April 28. There are currently only two rating categories: M18 and "Age Advisory." M18 games require retailers to check ID in order to ensure that customers are at least 18 years old. Age Advisory is "suitable" for ages 16 and above, but will not require ID checks.
The system has been in development for two years according to the government, involving "detailed research and consultation." For a baseline of games that'll meet the M18 requirement, expect titles like the un-banned Mass Effect
and The Darkness
to make the rating. No word yet on punishment (or required cane lashings
) for violating the rating system.