Australian gamers have plenty of reason to celebrate today with the Australian Federal Parliament having at last approved an R18+ rating for video games. The country has long been known for having one of the most restrictive attitudes on in-game content, with the previous ratings framework only going up to an over-15 classification.
The possibility of a more mature content-oriented rating first surfaced in late 2009, and it's an idea that has been in play ever since. The approval of the rating, which goes into effect at the start of 2013, amounts to a landmark decision for the country and, really, for gamers everywhere. It amounts to an acknowledgment that video games are not just children's toys and, as such, deserve to be considered from a content perspective under the same set of guidelines that govern other forms of entertainment.