The R18+ rating is finally here, at least in theory

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By on January 2, 2013 at 3:41 pm

January 1st marked the first day of the new, much-campaigned-for, long-awaited R18+ legislation for computer and video games in Australia. Under the new legislation, the Classification Board is now free to classify games up to an R18+ level, although it’s likely that we won’t see our first R18+ rated game for some months to come.

Queensland remains the only Australian state or territory yet to pass the R18+ legislation, although this is expected to be resolved shortly. This does mean that Queenslanders will be unable to purchase any R18+ rated games until this matter is concluded — although it is widely believed that no games will be rated R18+ and released before the legislation is passed.

Gamers hoping that already-classified games will be re-rated to R18+ are unfortunately in for disappointment: there’s a mandatory two-year period before a game can be re-classified. Games like Left 4 Dead 2 which were released in 2009 could potentially be re-rated, assuming that Valve were willing to stump up the costs.

The IGEA’s Ron Curry, speaking to Gamespot, expressed cautious optimism. “We are weary though of how the revised guidelines will be interpreted and if we are really getting an R18+ category, or just a movement of MA15+ into higher level of classification,” he said.

“Initially, we expect the Classification Board to be a little cautious in how they apply the new guidelines, so we may need to wait some time to see how the dust settles on this.”

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I’m wondering how this would affect online orders from EB – whose warehouse is in QLD.

Maybe our resident lawyer can shed some light on this one.

 

I vaguely recall Valve coming out and saying they’d get Left 4 Dead 2 reclassified if we got an R18+ rating, so here’s hoping.

 

and if we are really getting an R18+ category, or just a movement of MA15+ into higher level of classification,”

This is the only thing that is worrying me atm.

 

ausjoker:
I vaguely recall Valve coming out and saying they’d get Left 4 Dead 2 reclassified if we got an R18+ rating, so here’s hoping.

Why does it matter? The L4D2 Gore Enabler work flawlessly and allows you to play with anyone who has gore or no gore or something in-between (unless appid hacks).

:)…

 

PinothyJ,

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Seriously, the mark-up in these comments is a joke…

 

First thing I did when I saw news of the R rating coming into effect was to check Steam to see if they had L4D2 with the new rating. Doesn’t matter to me since I have the high-violence version anyway, but it was my test whether or not the R-rating coming into effect was just theoretical at this stage.

 

PinothyJ: Why does it matter? The L4D2 Gore Enabler work flawlessly and allows you to play with anyone who has gore or no gore or something in-between (unless appid hacks).

:)…

It matters because the majority of people won’t know about this, and also because a lot of people are going to have reservations about using 3rd party information to work around a valve game.

 

ausjoker: It matters because the majority of people won’t know about this, and also because a lot of people are going to have reservations about using 3rd party information to work around a valve game.

Agreed, while I believe that this would be easy enough to enable for the PC version of the game I would like to not having to go about using a patch/hack/whatever you want to call it to play the uncut version of the game.

Knowing that I am not putting my steam account at risk would be great. While many people would say that this is a very very small chance, I still would not take the chance.

 

kablekill: Agreed, while I believe that this would be easy enough to enable for the PC version of the game I would like to not having to go about using a patch/hack/whatever you want to call it to play the uncut version of the game.

Knowing that I am not putting my steam account at risk would be great. While many people would say that this is a very very small chance, I still would not take the chance.

Steam account at risk? Steam wasnt enforcing it to my knowledge. My friends were easily able to play uncut version (with a few edits of files) with no troubles over a two month period. I cannot say from personal experience but that of my friends.

 
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I to would hope for the reclassification of L4D2.

There have been several games over time that have had been refused classification, I got some of these games from overseas instead to see what all the fuss was about.

Also from what I have read I believe the R18+ is in addition to the current classifications, please correct me if I am wrong.

 

Dunno why any Aussie would willingly buy the low violence version of L4D2 anyway, imported from ozgameshop way back at launch immediately after hearing about us receiving the nonsense “German” version, no hacks or fixes necessary…

I’m somewhat surprised at QLD lagging behind in regards to the news however, wasn’t there an article here a few months ago about this very subject stating that QLD was on the ball and actually one of the first states to be on-board with this?

 

ausjoker: It matters because the majority of people won’t know about this, and also because a lot of people are going to have reservations about using 3rd party information to work around a valve game.

Also, us linux users don’t have an equivalent just yet, it’s the main reason I never bought that game, the reduced gore. Seems totally ridiculous.

 

I’d really like to see Valve follow through on their word and submit it for re-classification and then distribute a patch to ‘un-censor’ everyones copy of the game.

It’s rare for companies to follow through on their words, even Valve isn’t immune to promising things and then not following through.
Although they are pretty decent and following through on this would only mean more publicity and popularity for them.
I’m pretty sure they’ll do it.

That said. I also already have the US version of the game. Not a chance I’d pay money for a censored version.

 

So where did Valve promise to do this?

 
whip_cracker

Hell, I don’t give a rat’s arse for LFD2, I wanna play Mortal Kombat 9 :D

 
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