Australia may finally have an R18+
classification for video games by year's end - if some last-minute politics don't derail proceedings. Gamespot
reports that the Standing Committee of Attorneys-General have agreed to an adult rating, equivalent to the ESRB's "M"
in the United States and "PEGI 18
" of Europe, which would allow games deemed unsuitable for those 15 and younger
to be sold in the region.
The snag in the current proceedings is that New South Wales Attorney-General Greg Smith abstained from the vote (the other eight territories agreed to move forward with an R18+ classification), delaying the process. Changing the National Classification Code requires the unanimous agreement of the nine censorship ministers. Smith said he would have a decision soon.
If all the Attorneys-General end up agreeing, Federal Minister for Home Affairs Brendan O'Connor can begin drafting the legislation necessary for an R18+ rating for games. We hope it works out, because the new Mortal Kombat
(effectively banned in Australia
) is pretty awesome.