Australia Celebrates It First Adults Only Game

After years of being deprived of mature games, Australian gamers are celebrating today the release of the R18+ title in their continent.

Under the new Australian Classification Board guidelines which came into effect on 2013’s new year’s eve, Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge for Wii U was allowed into the Australian market as an Adults Only title due to the "High impact bloody violence" it features.

Prior to the new classification guidelines, Australia had no rating for Adults Only games and their R17+ rating was much stricter than the NC17 employed in Europe and North America. As a result, several high profile games were refused classification by the Australian Classification Board. This meant that those games were effectively banned in the continent as Australian stores are prohibited by low from selling unclassified media.

Some of the most prominent titles that has been banned in Australia in the last few years include Manhunt, Dark Sector, Mortal Kombat, Postal, Postal 2, Reservoir Dogs, Syndicate, The Witcher 2, Shellshock 2: Blood Trails, Silent Hill: Homecoming and Soldier of Fortune: Payback.

Even a tame game such as “Marc Ecko's Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure” was banned after Australian Federal Attorney-General Philip Ruddock contested its glorification of graffiti. Anyway, this belongs to the past now. Hopefully, it won’t happen again.

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The thing is, just because

The thing is, just because games that would be otherwise banned COULD be put into an R18+ category, it doesn't mean they would be - our "classification" (censorship) board can still and probably will Refuse Classification for many games to come. This just means most of the games that would be classified MA15+ for violence, drugs and sex will now be R instead.


there is NO NC17 rating in the uk, the following are uk ratings for games Uc, U, 12A, 12, 15, 18 and R18 thats all BUT also we have PEGI ratings in games as well which are 3, 7, 12, 16, 18 PEGI ratings will be taking over from the BBFC ratings . oh an unlike some nations store staff can refuse outright to sell an 18 rated game to an ***** if the staff member is suspisious. so please stop trying to make american ratings belong to the uk.


We can refuse to sell games to someone we're suspicious of as well, here in Canada and down in the states. Seriously, stop getting so worked up about people thinking you have the same age ratings as the states, it makes you look pretty pompous and petty man.

You saved me time by

You saved me time by invalidating your previous statement... "They just follow what other countries like US and UK do." By saying "other" you recognized Aus as a country along with US and UK.

No they haven't. Jut because

No they haven't. Jut because there's an R rating, it doesn't mean banned games automatically get released under it. The publishers will need to pay big to have them reclassified, and it may turn out the games are still refused classification. Don't make assumptions abut things you know nothing about.

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