SA Attorney-General blocks debate over R18+ rating

Australia may still be the only developed country in the world without an adult game rating after South Australian Attorney-General rejected plans to publish results of the SCAG public consultation, announced in March of this year; effectively putting a block on the discussion process of the battle to have an adult game rating.

The only good news out of this is that there is one supporter for the new classification change – Victorian Attorney-General Rob Hulls. His spokesperson told a Fairfax newspaper that it was still on the agenda, but "it appears unlikely that there will be unanimity from all jurisdictions to proceed further at this stage with introducing an R18+ category for computer games."

Under the current system, video games can only be classified up to MA15+; unlike their DVD and film classification systems, where it exceeds up to R18+ (and X18+ in DVDs). As well, the law cannot be changed, unless it gets the consent from the attorney-generals from the Commonwealth and the states and territories. This law has seen several big titles, like GTA4, being banned until they edit the game to suit an MA15+ rating.

According to a study by the IEAA showed that 91 percent of Australian respondents of its survey said that they supported an R18+ rating. As well, it mentions that the average age for a gamer is 30 – double the age of the maximum age limit of 15 for games.

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