I’ve been following the R18+ for Games in Australia with more passion than usual lately, it could be the gaming subjects I’m studying at uni that are giving me more interest but I still can’t see any reason not to have the rating here. It just makes sense to me; if the anti-R18+ camp’s main arguments include anything to do with protecting children from very mature content, then how can they possibly oppose it?
The difference, in my view anyway, is that if we do have the R18+ it would be tightly controlled (because there’s such a debate, it would have to be monitored at least as closely as alcohol & r18+ movie rental laws). If we had the R18+ two things would happen; Nothing would get banned outright, but then it would be easier to put some of the currently MA15+ titles into the R18 category, thus restricting MORE games from minors more effectively.
I don’t see any reason children-protection can be used as an argument against this being added to our classification system.
More on it here via the Age:
Submitted By: kythin