Feeds

Aussie hardcore gamers set to be legit

R18+ classification poised to pass Parliament

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Security for virtualized datacentres

The lengthy struggle to install an R18+ category for the Australian computer gaming sector is closer to fruition, with legislation passing the House of Representatives yesterday.

The legislation, which brings the gaming industry into the 21st century and in line with film classification, passed in the House of Representatives without amendment and will now move to the Senate for debate in coming weeks. The Minister for Home Affairs and Minister for Justice Jason Clare said “the R18+ category will inform consumers, parents and retailers about which games are not suitable for minors to play, and will prevent minors from purchasing unsuitable material.”

Following the passage of this legislation through the Senate, the States and Territories will pass their own complementary legislation to ensure that R 18+ computer games are appropriately regulated. Subject to this occurring the national scheme will commence on 1 January next year.

The introduction of an R18+ category for computer games has been tested via extensive public consultation over recent years and considered nationally by Censorship Ministers for some time. Frustrated Australian gamers, who have had to endure the banning of games such as Mortal Kombat Reboot, have petitioned widely for the introduction.

“The reforms also mean that adults are able to choose what games they play within the bounds of the law,” Clare, possibly a secret gamer, added. The Attorney-General’s Department released a discussion paper on the introduction of an R 18+ classification category for computer games back in 2009.

At the time they received 58,437 submissions in response with 98 per cent of these supported the introduction of an R 18+ category. The Bill also has the support of State and Territory Attorneys-General, who agreed to this reform at the Standing Council on Law and Justice meeting in July 2011.

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

More from The Register

next story
Let it go, Steve: Ballmer bans iPads from his LA Clippers b-ball team
Can you imagine the scene? 'Hey guys, it's your new owner – WTF is that on your desk?'
How the FLAC do I tell MP3s from lossless audio?
Can you hear the difference? Can anyone?
iPAD-FONDLING fanboi sparks SECURITY ALERT at Sydney airport
Breaches screening rules cos Apple SCREEN ROOLZ, ok?
Apple's new iPhone 6 vulnerable to last year's TouchID fingerprint hack
But unsophisticated thieves need not attempt this trick
The British Museum plonks digital bricks on world of Minecraft
Institution confirms it's cool with joining the blocky universe
Turn OFF your phone or WE'LL ALL DI... live? Europe OKs mobes, tabs non-stop on flights
Airlines given green light to allow gate-to-gate jibber-jabber
prev story

Whitepapers

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.