Australia is set to allow for the introduction of an 18+ game age rating system in 2013, meaning previously banned games could be re-released, and future titles won’t be forced to alter their content in order to go on sale.
Until that day though, those down under will have to make do with the 15+ age rating, which prohibits the sale of any computer game, console or otherwise, that isn’t age appropriate for 15 year olds. How this has existed as the maximum for so long seems crazy, since the 18+ age rating for movies has been around for a long time.
In the past this 15+ system has led to many games being banned outright, with even more being forced to change their content to comply with the rating. Left 4 Dead 2 famously ran into trouble for its melee weapon attacks against zombies. Gore had to be removed before this game could go on sale.
Minister for Home Affairs and Minister for Justice Jason Clare has been discussing the move to a new age rating, saying: The R 18+ category will inform consumers, parents and retailers about which games are not suitable for minors to play, and will prevent minors from purchasing unsuitable material.”
While the ammendment to current legislation still needs to be approved by the Australian Senate, public support is so high that it seems unlikely it will be blocked at this stage.
Souce: Games Industry