Australian Milestone: First Game Released For Adults…In 2013

from the space-flight-to-be-achieved-in-3013 dept

As Tim Cushing recently wrote, Australia's Classification Board (whatever the hell that is) decided that this was the year. The year for what, you ask? Well, the year to acknowledge that people over the age of 15 exist within their borders. It seems a little silly that, prior to 2013, Australia's governing bodies chose not to acknowledge that the age of the average gamer is something around thirty years old. Emboldening the morality police “for the children” is one thing, but to do so for law-abiding adults is quite another. I think it showed an immense amount of disrespect towards the Aussie public that it took so long to entrust with them their own entertainment choices.

In any case, Australia has followed through and reached a milestone hitherto unimaginable: the very first R18+ game has been classified, and the honor goes to Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge. According to the Classification Board:

“Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge contains violence that is high in impact because of its frequency, high definition graphics, and emphasis on blood effects.”

So congratulations to Australian adults, who can now play the game as it was meant to be played: bloody, violent, high in impact and in high in definition. I have to imagine that the only thing sweeter for Australian adults than the ability to finally play these kinds of games is the delicious irony in how Australian Rules Football, which is televised, fits the Classification Board's description almost exactly. Foster's all around for everyone!

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G Thompson (profile) says:

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Bugger all if any since it was only released in the EU last week and its exclusively for the Wii U.

Piracy is not the problem so much on Games for consoles in Australia, the major problem (for retailers and distributors) is that Aussies buy games nowadays overseas since it is cheaper by a huge margin. ie: AAA Titles come out average $89-109RRP whereas same game delivered from UK/Asia will set most people back in the range of $45-70. This has nothing to do with the Aussie Dollar either since currently it is on par with the US dollar (if not better), it’s all to do with price gouging.

As for the R18+ classification, its highly welcome even though it has been a long time coming

G Thompson (profile) says:

is the delicious irony in how Australian Rules Football, which is televised, fits the Classification Board’s description almost exactly.

Compared to American Gridiron which is mostly classified as PG.
Though Aussie Rules to me is Aerial PingPong, Rugby League is the real sport of men!!!

*runs before Americans and Victorians catch me*

John (user link) says:

As an Aussie gamer, I say bloody marvelous… finally. It’s about time!

I’ve got friends who have opposed the R rating, because of the children, several who play Call of Duty and the ilk. Even though I’ve suggested that someone could arbitrarily pull the pin on any of those games “because of the children” they still don’t get it.

Anyway, yippee!

Oh BTW, Fosters isn’t Australian for beer, it’s Australian for cat’s piss. There are many, many finer beers here than Fosters.

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