All posts tagged with R18+
cutting_the_red_tape_on_classification

By on March 27, 2014 at 3:32 pm

It was just another part of the daily news. The Abbott coalition government, as part of their plan to “slash red tape” and “remove unnecessary regulation”, announced that they would amend the Classification Act of 1995. The heavy, clunky, 1980′s style human element of the classification system for digitally distributed games would be gone, alongside a host of other small changes.

“These reforms are the first step in the process of ensuring our classification system continues to be effective and relevant in the 21st century,” touted the Minister for Justice, Michael Keenan, who was effectively following on with pledges by previous Labor administrations to make the Australian Law Reform Commission’s recommendations in enforceable legislation. On the surface, it didn’t really seem like much of a big deal — the meat of the R18+ sandwich had already come and gone. But in reality, the rest of the meal had finally begun to arrive at the table.

To explain why this change is significant, we need to understand how the current status quo works.

Read more →

R18+

By on November 14, 2013 at 2:33 pm

John Rau, the South Australian Attorney-General, just called for a review of the several games rated MA15+. Murder simulators such as Splinter Cell Blacklist, Killer is Dead, and The Walking Dead. Apparently these games had been released as 18+ in some countries, but only MA15+ here. Some were not happy about this lack of moral standards.

Earlier this year, Mr Rau also claimed this discrepancy meant games were not receiving rigorous attention at the review stage. However, Australia’s classification system is different from that of other countries, so perhaps we should make our own decisions. We need to develop our own Australian standard of what is fair game.

Read more →

Saints Row 4

By on July 11, 2013 at 12:34 pm

So, what’s the deal with our new R18+ regs? The impression I get from reading the gaming news is that the Classification Board is banning games left right and centre. Some gamers have even claimed that R18+ is just a rebadged MA15+, and that any games now approved under R18+ would have been done so under MA15+.

Which is… actually kinda true. Most games that have been let through under R18+ would have been let through under MA15+. Only a couple are “true” R18+ games. Yet despite this, our classification system is giving us more certainty over what we’ll be allowed to play. It’s an improvement. To see this, we need to compare what’s been Refused Classification with what’s been accepted under R18+.

Read more →

Queensland R18

By on November 8, 2012 at 4:54 pm

In a century a long time ago, far, far away—1922, to be precise, the Queensland senate voted itself out of existence. After several failed attempts to abolish the State’s upper house, our benevolent leader persuaded the Queensland Governor to hand his party a ruling majority, allowing him to abolish the senate.

And this is perfectly fine with most Queenslanders, who, without fail—vote overwhelming majorities into Parliament every election. We like our dictatorships.

So that’s why, today, we know the R18+ games legislation introduced to the Queensland Parliament a week ago, isn’t going to change. And it’s just as well, because out of all the R18+ laws… it actually makes sense.

Read more →

PC Gaming Calendar 2014

Follow Games.on.net

YouTube

Steam Group

Upcoming Games

Community Soapbox

Recent Features
EA Access

EA Access isn’t perfect, but get used to it: This is just the beginning

Other major publishers will be watching with interest as EA offers the first subscription service.

Destiny

Destiny continues to impress in beta: Our thoughts as Bungie’s new juggernaut rolls on

It's clear that Bungie are putting their best foot forward with Destiny, but as James discovers, playing on your own can be strangely empty.

Screencheat

Five Australian Indie Games We’d Hand Arbitrary Awards To: AVCon 2014

From a split-screen shooter where everyone is invisible to an abandoned space station, Australian indies are killing it at this year's AVCon.

Streaming Radio
Radio Streams are restricted to iiNet group customers.

GreenManGaming MREC

Facebook Like Box