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Old 2012-06-18, 09:09   Link #1
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Australian Parliament passes R18+ bill for Video Games

This is a great day for Adult Gamers, not just in Australia but all over the world.
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Old 2012-06-18, 09:17   Link #2
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Long overdue but welcome indeed. Any games shop or group I spoke to wanted this.

I hope Michael Atkinson cries a river once he hears. That bastard held this back for far too long.
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Old 2012-06-18, 09:52   Link #3
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I wish this also also applied for places like Germany.
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Old 2012-06-18, 21:14   Link #4
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I'm a little apprehensive at this stage, considering that it is now up to the states and territories to implement the R18+ rating in their own legislation, and we may see (silly) inconsistencies in regards to the rating (such as when John Rau, the Attorney-General for South Australia, stated his plans on restricting the sale of MA15+ games to persons aged 18+ back in April, and his intentions on abolishing the MA15+ rating in his state).

It will also be a while before we start seeing R18+ games hit the store fronts as well, probably by the start of next year.

Nonetheless, I'm glad that this is now finally a reality, and kudos to Jason Clare and Brendan O'Connor (the current and previous Minister for Home Affairs respectively), as well as the Australian gaming community for helping push this through.

(Also, no thanks to the vocal minority who tried to stop this much-needed change from happening.)
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Great for them, though they wont see any results for at least a year and that's if everything goes smoothly.
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Old 2012-06-18, 22:35   Link #6
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Wait, does this mean that 18+ eroge like Kira Kira were banned from being imported to Australia until now? Wow, I'm glad to see this kind of progress being made.
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Old 2012-06-18, 22:56   Link #7
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They can still ban games even with a R18+ rating....
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Old 2012-06-18, 23:56   Link #8
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Wait, does this mean that 18+ eroge like Kira Kira were banned from being imported to Australia until now? Wow, I'm glad to see this kind of progress being made.
Generally speaking, all games that are sold in retail must be classified by the Australian Classification Board (ACB) previously known as the Office of Film and Literature Classification (OFLC) pre-2006 (there are some exceptions). This is in contrast with North America, where games are voluntarily submitted for classification to the ESRB (important difference: independent of the government) (albeit that almost all games are classified through the ESRB anyway, and that console manufacturers and NA game retailers generally refuse to sell any games that don't have an ESRB rating). Also contrast with Japan's CERO and EOCS.

Until January 1 2013, games that are considered above the MA15+ rating are automatically Refused Classification (RC), and cannot be legally "sold, hired or demonstrated" in Australia (people still bought RC'd games though, such as successfully importing copies of Mortal Kombat (9)). To extend what Destined_Fate is trying to say, games can also be automatically be refused classification if it contains the following:
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Australia has some strict laws in relation to child pornography with small variations between states.
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In short, 18+ ergoes are most likely not allowed to be brought into the country (and no one in their right mind would be trying to start up a business here trying to sell eroges). There are probably some people who import eroges anyway, though you would probably have to be darn unlucky if you get caught by customs and/or the AFP. Same would probably apply to downloading said eroges as well.

Note 1: Like the ESRB's M and AO ratings, the content with the following ACB ratings are legally restricted: MA15+, R18+ and X18+. The X18+ rating relates to content that is pornographic (graphic/unsimulated sexual content only) in nature and applies only to films.
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Note 2: Except in Western Australia and parts of the Northern Territory, it is legal to possess RC films and games, unless it contains illegal content (such as child pornography).
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Old 2012-06-19, 00:27   Link #9
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Generally speaking, all games that are sold in retail must be classified by the Australian Classification Board (ACB) previously known as the Office of Film and Literature Classification (OFLC) pre-2006 (there are some exceptions). This is in contrast with North America, where games are voluntarily submitted for classification to the ESRB (important difference: independent of the government) (albeit that almost all games are classified through the ESRB anyway, and that console manufacturers and NA game retailers generally refuse to sell any games that don't have an ESRB rating). Also contrast with Japan's CERO and EOCS.

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To extend what Destined_Fate is trying to say, games can also be automatically be refused classification if it contains the following:
Well damn. I'm really glad I'm not Australian. Some people I know claim Australia to be a great place to live in, but they're not the ones who read erotic romance with borderline loli.

At least this bill is one step in the right direction, even if it only gets implemented in 2013.
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Looks likely the devil being in the detail really hard in this case. I suppose it was a step in the right direction, wonder how this will pan out over time though?
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Just an update - it will be effect Jan 1 2013, but perhaps in more ways than expected. Transreality's head honcho is putting forth a bill to make H-games available in Australia and he reckons he's got the backing to do it.
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Just an update - it will be effect Jan 1 2013, but perhaps in more ways than expected. Transreality's head honcho is putting forth a bill to make H-games available in Australia and he reckons he's got the backing to do it.
... Isn't that just proving Michael Atkinson right? I hope this guy fails.
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Eh, it's not like that content isn't already in Australia. Sure it shouldn't be there by law but we all know what happens when people disagree with laws.
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Just an update - it will be effect Jan 1 2013, but perhaps in more ways than expected. Transreality's head honcho is putting forth a bill to make H-games available in Australia and he reckons he's got the backing to do it.
You mean that Transreality? Their stand at SMASH this year piqued my curiosity, now that I think about it.
Where did you hear of the news?
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