Games R18+ rating passed in Queensland

by Ben Salter Featured 12 Comments 26 Votes 26017 Views 14/02/2013 Back to News

Welcome on-board, Queensland. You now have an R18+ rating for video games like the rest of Australia, but it has come shrouded in a cloud of confusion.

"The introduction of this classification should be welcome news for parents, who will now have more control over the games their children are playing," said Jarrod Bleijie, Queensland Attorney-General.

"I encourage parents to be guided by these classifications, as I’m sure many are unaware of the levels of violence and adult material contained in some computer games."

R18+ came into effect for the rest of Australia on January 1, but Queensland missed the deadline to pass the legislation late last year.

The vote this afternoon to pass it through parliament was marred further confusion, reports Kotaku. The Attorney-General's office accidentally sent out the press release before the vote had taken place, forcing a retraction.

According to media releases, Queensland had an R18+ rating today, then didn't actually have one, and now has it again -- what an ordeal.

The good news is, at the end of that debacle, the R18+ rating for games is now standard across Australia, including Queensland, as long as the Governor signs off to make it legit -- considering the shambloic state of events, I wouldn't be surprised if there's a pen shortage.

By Ben Salter

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What Shambles [Facepalm]
This might/would have all been sorted a lot sooner if all those idiots just said yes to having R18+ everywhere in Australia from the beginning...Since it was bound to happen anyway. -_-
Congrats Queensland
HUZZAH!
Does anyone know when the new rating comes into effect here in Queensland, now that the relevant changes have been made
Pffft geeze wer're sooo backwards. Now to await the arrival of mortal kombat

MrMoo said: Does anyone know when the new rating comes into effect here in Queensland, now that the relevant changes have been made


Now I think.

MrMoo said: Does anyone know when the new rating comes into effect here in Queensland, now that the relevant changes have been made



As soon as the Governor signs off. Hopefully within the next fortnight.
Does that mean that R18 games that were passed in Aus before Queensland agreed, will now be available in Qld?
I wonder if games like call of duty and battlefield will be rated 18+ ?

Rusty12 said: I wonder if games like call of duty and battlefield will be rated 18+ ?



I doubt it. There's not much gorey-violence. World At War had dismemberment and that got through. So i think they'll stay the same rating.

Unless they want to up the ante a bit [Shifty]
Yaaaaaaaay :D

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