Australia Considers Adult Game Rating


Posted December 15, 2009 - By Stephen Johnson

Australia Approves Censored Version Of Left 4 Dead 2

The nation of Australia has always had a puzzling relationship with censorship. While the culture of the nation seems to exhibit burliness and masculine self-sufficiency, when it comes to matters of violent art, manly Aussies seem content to have their government play Nanny-state and protect them from from those bad, evil, violent video games. You'd think a nation that began as a prison colony would be able to handle pretend violence in made-up video games, but apparently not.

Recently, though, the Australian government released a report where it at least considered the idea of allowing adults to play whatever games they want. It's a step in the right direction: The report acknowledges that many adults play video games, so maybe a government essentially banning games because children shouldn't play them isn't really fair or useful.

The document lists the pros and cons of changing the video game classification system so it's more like Australia's film rating board. To sum up the arguments:

Pro Adult Rating:

  • A lot of adults play games.

Anti Adult Rating:

  • "What about the children??"

Of course the arguments on both sides go much more in-depth than that, including this uniquely Australian argument:

An R 18+ for computer games would exacerbate problems associated with access to high level material in Indigenous communities and by other non English speaking people.

Racist much, Australia? 

Before there can be any change in game ratings in Australia, administrative, governmental hoops must be jumped through, and the public is encouraged to weigh in on the matter. If you're Australian, take the time to fill out your comments here!

The public of Australia is encouraged to add their own comments. If you're Australian, weigh in, by all means.


Tags: Videogames
Australia Considers Adult Game Rating


Blog Tags

  • International Sexy Ladies Show: Messy Cat Fight

    Posted: January 27, 2010

    644,696 Views | 00:49

  • Sara Underwood's Naked Bike Ride

    Posted: June 22, 2011

    1,316,284 Views | 05:20

  • Laser Snake Robots, More Mars Rovers and BigDog Is Back

    Posted: September 25, 2012

    1,290 Views | 03:00

  • NBA 2K13 Launch Trailer

    Posted: October 4, 2012

    5,601 Views | 01:53

  • Casual Vomiting - Web Soup Investigates

    Posted: March 30, 2011

    7,570 Views | 02:52