Australia’s tyrannical game censorship legislation could get worse: WA could ban sale of R18+ games

by Gaetano 'Xbot' Prestia 23 Comments 8 Likes 4,827 Views 01/07/2014 Back to PS4 news PlayStation 4

Australia’s tyrannical game censorship legislation could be about to get worse

Australia’s state-sanction classification guidelines could yet be rendered useless if proposed amendments to the Classification Enforcement Act to ban the sale of R18-classified games are passed in Western Australia.

As with most other Australian states, WA introduced an adults-only rating for video games on January 1, 2013, after a long campaign to broaden the classification of games typically deemed inappropriate for minors.

Before any game is sold in Australia it must be classified by the Australian Classification Board. If the game is unable to fit within strict guidelines, which are written in a dangerously non-subjective way as “standards of morality”, then it is “refused classification” and banned from sale. The introduction of an adults-only rating hasn’t led to a change in the guidelines: it’s simply added greater flexibility for publishers to get a game classified beyond the previous maximum rating of MA15+.

However, while the ratings are designed to restrict both access and sale of mature content to minors, Western Australia could ban the “possession, distribution, sale or supply” of video games with an R18+ rating, which would completely invalidate the classification process: if a game that fits within the guidelines is still banned, the classification guidelines appear redundant.

The proposition was made by The Western Australian Joint Standing Committee on the Commissioner for Children and Young People in its “Sexualisation of Children” report.

"While the impact of sexualisation on children is difficult to quantitatively measure, and to distinguish from other influences in their lives, this does not mean that the issue should not be addressed," the committee said. "The Committee is equally aware that what is seen as a priority issue that needs substantive action by some members of society may be seen by others as normal experimentation or fun.”

Alternatively, the Act could be “amended to make it an offence to sell or supply a R18+ computer game to a minor even if the person selling or supplying the computer game is a parent or guardian of the minor.” One has to wonder: isn’t the point of classification to restrict the sale of, and hopefully educate on, mature-themed content?

WA Attorney General Michael Mischin is examining the report. His findings are due soon.

You can read the full report here.

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Australia’s tyrannical game censorship legislation could get worse: WA could ban sale of R18+ games Comments

  • Seanybruz 30622 XP 01/07/2014
    Mischin could be the new Atkinson.. Are they going to try & censor porn off their internet too?

  • Tano 342493 XP 01/07/2014

    @Seanybruz said: Mischin could be the new Atkinson.. Are they going to try & censor porn off their internet too?



    It seems both Labor and the Libs have a nanny-state complex. Greens, too.

    Gee whiz you can't look anywhere in Australian politics without seeing someone push a "we know what's best for you" philosophy.
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  • maxiboy 35341 XP 01/07/2014
    Dafuq

    Ban the sale of R18 rated games which are limited to legal adults only? Its not like the R18 rating is the "everything else" rating, stuff can still be RC and banned entirely. -_-

    Ban R18 movies and alcohol too then while you're at it. That'll get lobbyists in a knot.
  • SlappyWag 3944 XP 01/07/2014

    Tano said:

    @Seanybruz said: Mischin could be the new Atkinson.. Are they going to try & censor porn off their internet too?


    It seems both Labor and the Libs have a nanny-state complex. Greens, too.
    Gee whiz you can't look anywhere in Australian politics without seeing someone push a "we know what's best for you" philosophy.



    No. No you can not. I usually don't bother with this stuff anymore. It pisses me off and my opinion doesn't change anything.
  • punk 12802 XP 01/07/2014 +1
    The r rating is ma15+ in disguise maen!

    Some games that probably would Have fallen into the ma rating have been upped to R.. but that's just my opinion..
  • Tano 342493 XP 01/07/2014

    @punk said: The r rating is ma15+ in disguise maen!
    Some games that probably would Have fallen into the ma rating have been upped to R.. but that's just my opinion..



    They have but it doesn't make a game any more likely to fit within the guidelines.
  • Gryllis 347937 XP 01/07/2014
    Classic Perf.
  • Mik3y 296195 XP 01/07/2014
    This is why we can't have nice things.










  • Tano 342493 XP 01/07/2014
    @Mik3y Oh dear... [Facepalm]
  • sjt333 238938 XP 01/07/2014

    Mik3y said: This is why we can't have nice things.


    you dont buy your anime games from jb you liar

    there are real girls there

    they could be watching
  • Brock325 2 XP 02/07/2014
    Total load of horse shit, Instead of out right banning R18+ Games they could just change story policies, allowing no sale of any R18+ games to minors with guardians/parents.
  • maxiboy 35341 XP 02/07/2014

    Brock325 said: Total load of horse shit, Instead of out right banning R18+ Games they could just change story policies, allowing no sale of any R18+ games to minors with guardians/parents.



    Thats whats legally required anyway.
  • Mobe1969 3585 XP 02/07/2014
    WTF, how did Atelier Totori get an R?????????????
  • sjt333 238938 XP 02/07/2014

    Mobe1969 said: WTF, how did Atelier Totori get an R?????????????


    well it is anime
  • MicDaMan 38042 XP 03/07/2014
    Pfffftt WA already get Hot and Spicey KFC.... can't f'n have everything [Rage]
  • XxmadmanxX 83643 XP 03/07/2014

    MicDaMan said: Pfffftt WA already get Hot and Spicey KFC.... can't f'n have everything


    You dont have it where you are?

    And how did you know we did [Shifty]
  • MicDaMan 38042 XP 04/07/2014
    Because all you WA wanks keep rubbing it in [Rage]
  • sjt333 238938 XP 04/07/2014

    MicDaMan said: Because all you WA wanks keep rubbing it in


    nsw has it has well

    sorry for being in a horrible state

    im not really sorry
  • XxmadmanxX 83643 XP 04/07/2014

    MicDaMan said: Because all you WA wanks keep rubbing it in


    do you like get it for a certain limited time at least?
  • MicDaMan 38042 XP 09/07/2014

    @sjt333 said:

    MicDaMan said: Because all you WA wanks keep rubbing it in


    nsw has it has well
    sorry for being in a horrible state
    im not really sorry



    I LIVE IN NSW
    [Rage]

    Usually while the footy is on, but NOTHING THIS YEAR - Vic KFC's SUCK
  • sjt333 238938 XP 09/07/2014

    @MicDaMan said:

    @sjt333 said:

    MicDaMan said: Because all you WA wanks keep rubbing it in

    nsw has it has well sorry for being in a horrible state im not really sorry

    I LIVE IN NSW Usually while the footy is on, but NOTHING THIS YEAR - Vic KFC's SUCK

    They can see you coming by the shine on your head and tell you theres no hot&spicy chicken
  • MicDaMan 38042 XP 09/07/2014
    Well if your mum's bed didnt have a bloody head board I wouldnt have worn all my hair off....
  • sjt333 238938 XP 09/07/2014

    @MicDaMan said: Well if your mum's bed didnt have a bloody head board I wouldnt have worn all my hair off....

    Dude i think you need a hat or a toupee or something, all the radiation from the sun is frying your brain
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