Mortal Kombat
Australian R18+ Rating Begins to Roll Out in Canberra
Written Tuesday, March 27, 2012 By Richard Walker
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Canberra will be the first city in Australia to introduce the proposed R18+ rating, piloting the scheme later this week before the certificate finally goes national in 2013. News of an R18+ rating for Australia has been doing the rounds for a long time now, with an approval passing back in August of last year.

The Australian R18+ certificate has since been submitted to parliament last month, and this latest development sees the rating getting one step closer to being introduced across the country. The bill means that previously banned titles like Mortal Kombat, Left 4 Dead 2 and most recently, EA and Starbreeze's Syndicate will all eventually see the light of day in Australia.

"This is part of a national reform that will allow adult gamers to view R18+ material in the same way that can already be done for film and printed material," said Australian Capital Territory Attorney-General, Simon Corbell [via ABC]. "But at the same time it will also provide protection to parents and children by giving parents better guidance about what material is and is not appropriate for people under the age of 18."

It's been a long time coming... Roll on 2013.

[Via Edge Online]


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Comment #1 by Death by EMP
Tuesday, March 27, 2012 @ 11:03:44 AM
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This is good for you Australians, I always felt bad that you missed out on such great games.

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Comment #2 by blinksmilewink
Tuesday, March 27, 2012 @ 11:08:17 AM
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Can't believe it took this long...

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Comment #3 by CoffeeAddict5
Tuesday, March 27, 2012 @ 11:15:45 AM
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I've always thought it strange that games are treated differently than other similar medium. The only way to rationalize that thinking is if you've never played. Congrats Australia on joining most of the rest of the gaming world.

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Comment #4 by Aussie27Legend
Tuesday, March 27, 2012 @ 11:24:05 AM
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Fuck my life, I litterally have Mortal Kombat coming in the mail any day now lol.

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Comment #5 by Brad Burnian
Tuesday, March 27, 2012 @ 11:38:05 AM
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Congrats Australia, you have many more games to look forward to on top of the already awesome ones :)

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Comment #6 by HabsCen10ial
Tuesday, March 27, 2012 @ 11:53:39 AM
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Way to go. Just in time for GTA:V

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Comment #7 by cheevo360
Tuesday, March 27, 2012 @ 12:46:47 PM
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I am so pleased, glad, happy and congrats to all Aussie gamers!!! :D

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Comment #8 by bearmod
Tuesday, March 27, 2012 @ 01:28:41 PM
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Congrats guys.

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Comment #9 by Wing X Custom
Tuesday, March 27, 2012 @ 02:16:59 PM
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Viva la resistance!

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Comment #10 by zed1676
Tuesday, March 27, 2012 @ 02:30:22 PM
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yay for all of us, we are now being treated like adults and not children...

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Comment #11 by AwesomAL
Tuesday, March 27, 2012 @ 02:40:45 PM
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Let's hope it wont be like it is in Germany. We have 18+ ratings and these games still get censored (See the new Resident Evil, it is 15+ in UK and 18+ in Germany. UK is uncut, Germany is cut)

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Comment #12 by iBuzz7S
Tuesday, March 27, 2012 @ 03:40:31 PM
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Why Canberra? It is there where the Australian government continued to deny our right as adults to be treated like adults and now they get first dibs on R18+?

Anyway, can't have my cake and eat it too. Good news nonetheless. Now, if only local stores can match up to the cost of importing games that will no longer be illegal to import, it will work for the better. Otherwise, like many other Australians, I will import the RC game, save myself $20 and continue to laugh at customs who let the game(s) through.

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Comment #13 by BluWolve
Tuesday, March 27, 2012 @ 04:25:11 PM
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It sure has been a long time coming. How long is it now? 18 years? HaHa, Fuck you Michael Atkinson.

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Comment #14 by DEG23
Tuesday, March 27, 2012 @ 05:17:55 PM
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As happy as i am that politicians changed the law to reflect a changing society, the low cost of importing has made this decision redundant. At least i'll no longer have to chew on the tips of my fingers hoping that the RC game i'm importing isn't going to be snagged by customs and a big thanks to Brenden O'Connor for making this possible.

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Comment #15 by TigerII
Tuesday, March 27, 2012 @ 07:06:48 PM
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Now we just gotta get the Germans and Singapore to do this.

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Comment #16 by _Nosferatu_
Tuesday, March 27, 2012 @ 07:25:54 PM
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A step in the right direction, congrats.

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Comment #17 by Sad1sm
Tuesday, March 27, 2012 @ 07:48:16 PM
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Comment #18 by ExiledDestiney
Tuesday, March 27, 2012 @ 09:35:21 PM
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Grats guys enjoy

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Comment #20 by Tha Mantis
Tuesday, March 27, 2012 @ 10:20:17 PM
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Cangrats Australia!

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Comment #21 by Mayor of the Planet
Tuesday, March 27, 2012 @ 11:26:28 PM
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So does this mean there will be any R18+ games available in Canberra before the national roll out in 2013?

If yes, us lucky gamers who live close enough can just cross the border and buy our games there.

If no, why the fuck would they bring it out early for one territory?!?!

Damn I hate living in a retarded country. Maybe I'll immigrate to an awesome country...........

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Comment #22 by DecadentBeaver
Wednesday, March 28, 2012 @ 01:40:33 AM
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Awesome news for you Aussie gamers! Been in need of this for a long time, and finally get treated like adults. No more playing Hannah Montana games and the like. Now you can shoot the crap outta stuff and see blood and gore etc. Time to have access to these games away from importing them. Enjoy :)

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Comment #23 by MikeyTruant
Wednesday, March 28, 2012 @ 01:49:03 AM
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all i can say as an aussie is....


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Comment #24 by CaBo0sEy 98
Wednesday, March 28, 2012 @ 03:26:07 AM
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YES ABOUT TIME im sick of having to miss out on good old violence

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Comment #25 by CHiLLiONS
Saturday, September 29, 2012 @ 04:55:21 PM
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our planet is fucked

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