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Back in November, Attorney-General for South Australia, John Rau, called on the Classification Review Board to reassess how the ratings system was being applied to several high-profile video games on Australian shelves. It was criticised as a huge waste of money, but the Classification Board undertook the review anyway, and now the verdict on said games is in.
Remember those South Australian anti-video gaming ads? We all know they’re stupid, and now they’ve rumbled Australia’s games industry lobby. So much so that the lobby group is now straight-up demanding that they be pulled down.
You may have seen this ad floating around your social media channels this morning. Just take a second to read it, because if you’re an adult gamer, it will probably see you spit out your corn flakes. What you don’t know about the image is the broader campaign behind it, and the South Australian government appearing to say one thing while doing another, systematically demonising video games and those who play them.
Now that our slightly disappointing R18+ rating for video games is back on the agenda, the Classification Board is looking for people to help out in policy focus groups.
I was surprised when it came out just 24 hours ago that Saints Row IV had been Refused Classification, but now for a double-dose of nostalgia we get to read it again! Microsoft’s State Of Decay has been officially Refused Classification by the Classification Board, effectively banning the game in Australia.
Never have I read an official government report that includes the words “alien anal probe”. That’s one of the reasons that Saints Row IV copped a ban from the Classification Board. Read on, if you dare.
Just when you thought we’d all grown up, the Classification Board decides to ban its first game under the new Classification Scheme. Sorry Australia: no Saints Row IV for you.
Holy. Crap. Audi built a serious race-car with the E-Tron R18. Here it is whipping around corners at over 300km/h, with no sign of a wiggle or a drama. The best part? It sounds like a goddamn jet.
The battle for an R18+ rating for games was a long and hard road, and the number of games actually rated R18+ has really only been a trickle. That may well have been down to the speed with which the ratings board can actually classify games, but that could be about to change with proposals to fully automate game classification ratings.