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Australia: R 18+ rating passed


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Finally, eh?

 

http://www.news.com.au/technology/kids-banned-from-violent-computer-games-under-new-r18-system/story-e6frfro0-1225965778782

 

Though they've gone and pussified the existing classifications, turning a lot of previously MA 15+ ratings into R 18+. 15 year olds are just sooooo sensitive to mature themes (lol ffs).

 

At least Australians will not have to put up with the utter slaughter of games in the name of censorship anymore... hopefully...

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Ratings are stupid. Why shouldn't I, a 16 year old, be able to buy a game because there's some blood, a few swears, and drugs/alcohol? I can easily get into movies with that kind of content and I shouldn't have had to send my dad somewhere to get my games for me.

 

Kingdom Hearts 2 was rated T because because Barbossa is seen drinking rum in the Pirates of the Caribbean world...

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I think it is a fair call moving a lot of MA15 games over to R-18s as that's what they are in the rest of the world. The classification doesn't stop me much in obtaining a game anyway; if I want it and it has a label, I'll get a parent, or friend or outright buy it myself. Steam doesn't ask for I.D either :D.

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About bloody time.

 

One game, Left 4 Dead 2, is a first-person shoot-em-up, as they are known in the gaming world, that was initially banned, then changed to MA 15+ with a warning of "strong bloody violence".

 

Following the reclassification, the Classification Board received 17 complaints that the game was no different to the original.

Clearly those 17 people didn't watch gameplay videos.

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I have no idea why they implement ratings anyway. Maybe I'll realise why when I wake up on my 18th birthday, with tons of magical understanding about all violent games playable at that age.

Congrats to the Aussies. Finally you can play some real games (or couldn't you buy the PC ones off Steam?). :thumbup:

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I have no idea why they implement ratings anyway. Maybe I'll realise why when I wake up on my 18th birthday, with tons of magical understanding about all violent games playable at that age.

Congrats to the Aussies. Finally you can play some real games (or couldn't you buy the PC ones off Steam?). :thumbup:

 

Wasn't so much that we couldn't play the games... it was this...

(warning for lurkers: video is gory :P)

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OH7QCtuaXgI

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I have no idea why they implement ratings anyway. Maybe I'll realise why when I wake up on my 18th birthday, with tons of magical understanding about all violent games playable at that age.

Congrats to the Aussies. Finally you can play some real games (or couldn't you buy the PC ones off Steam?). :thumbup:

Doesn't happen man. You just wake up thinking "Where the [bleep] is my first legal beer?"

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I have no idea why they implement ratings anyway. Maybe I'll realise why when I wake up on my 18th birthday, with tons of magical understanding about all violent games playable at that age.

Congrats to the Aussies. Finally you can play some real games (or couldn't you buy the PC ones off Steam?). :thumbup:

It goes back to mortal kombat doesn't it? Parents saw that violent video game, and eventually it led to the ESRB, to warn the parents about violent video games when they are buying them for their kids.

 

I'd say, yes i'm a nerd for knowing that, but this is a video game subforum in the off topic section of a runescape fansite, I don't think I even need to say it.

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It goes back to mortal kombat doesn't it? Parents saw that violent video game, and eventually it led to the ESRB, to warn the parents about violent video games when they are buying them for their kids.

Which makes sense. It's perversions like this that don't.

A system that lets parents know that their game may not be suitable for their 11 year old is a good idea. You usually don't want your young kid seeing a man get his spine ripped out in graphic detail (Which I hear was the part of Mortal Kombat that led to the system), right? Not all kids are as mature as we like to think we were back then.

A system that restricts people from buying any games with such content at all, even if they're more than old enough, not so much.

 

Of course, a system that advocates such outdated concepts as good parenting or responsibility are too hard for the average adult, it seems, so the perversions are much more attractive.

 

Plus, different games make different use of the rating. The Fable games got the ESRB's "M" game, though games like Dragon Age are much more graphic and sexual in the same rating. Games like Halo probably could have got away with a 'T' rating, games like the Soul Calibur series push the line between 'T' and 'M'. Soul Calibur is pretty violent and has a ridiculous amount of fanservice (read: every single female character's outfit, even especially the ones that are supposed to be like 15 years old, and also Ivy, the joke being that by the next game she'll be a pair of floating breasts), but it's in the same tier as Smash Bros Melee and Brawl.

 

Hooray for semi-relevant tangents? :razz:

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And Mr O'Connor also gave a guarantee he would not allow games that had been banned in Australia to be approved for release under the new R18+ classification, if it is approved.

 

wat

*facepalm* what's the point? someone makes a game that pisses all over an already banned game (in terms of graphic content) and it's sweet with an R18+ but the already banned game remains banned? wtf logic.

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