Australia To Vote On New R18+ Rating Bill Next Month
Here in the US, we have the ESRB ratings for video games, which seems to work out fine.
But other areas of the globe are in dire need of an upgrade. Take Australia, for instance, a country that doesn't have a rating above 15 years of age for games. Hence, many titles that would receive the standard "M"-Mature rating here can't get a rating in the Land Down Under, which essentially means they're banned because retailers won't stock unrated products.
Obviously, this implies that games are only for kids and no, this isn't 1985, anymore. So next month, according to a GI.biz report, the Australian government is going to debate and vote upon the possibility of an R18+ rating. Previously, it was believed some cabinet reshuffling had delayed the upcoming discussion but that's not the case. The bill in question will still be decided in the country's first parliamentary session of the year, which is slated for February 7. If the bill passes the lower house, it moves on to face a final decision in the Senate.
To get a pass, the bill requires the support of at least two of five floating crossbench MPs, and it's believed there's enough support to see the bill through to the Senate. After that...one can only hope.
1/24/2012 8:27:00 PM John Shepard