Australian R18+ Rating Proposal Detailed

By Colin Tan on May 25, 2011, 2:35AM EDT

Drafted details for the proposed R18+ rating in Australia have been publicly released by the office of the Federal Ministers for Home Affairs Brendan O'Connor, detailing what exactly an R18+ rating would allow.

  • Virtually no restrictions on themes.
  • Violence except where it "offends against the standards of morality, decency, and propriety generally accepted by reasonable adults.
  • Implied sexual violence, if justified by context.
  • Realistically simulated sexual activity.
  • Virtually no restrictions on language.
  • Drug use and nudity are permitted.

The guidelines are similar to the ratings for film in Australia, save for stipulations that video game violence must not offend community standards. As a result of the proposed R18+ rating, the MA15+ rating has also been tweaked.

  • Strong and realistic violence should not be very frequent.
  • Sexual activity must not be tied to rewards or incentives.
  • Interactive drug use that is detailed and realistic is not permitted.
  • Nudity must not be related to incentives or rewards.

"This issue has been on the table for many years, without the necessary progress to make change," said Minister O'Connor, who has been an avid supporter for an R18+ rating category.

Source: Gamespot

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