The new guidelines for the R18+ rating have just been released, giving us a concrete idea of what the new adult rating for video games will look like. It’s difficult to tell precisely how these will be implemented by the Classification Board when the rating comes into being in 2013, but at first glance, it does not look promising.
To begin with, the issue of interactivity increasing the impact of violence — yep, that old chestnut — rears its ugly head.
And it looks as though games that were banned previously in Australia, without an R18+ rating, will most likely be banned under the new R18+ rating. Particularly with relation to in-game drug use.
This country is run by fucking idiots.