The Australian Government has released the standalone Guidelines for the Classification of Computer Games which now includes the long awaited R18+ Classification.
Minister for Home Affairs and Justice Jason Clare announced today that new Guidelines for the Classification of Computer Games have been released. The Guidelines will come into effect on 1 January 2013.
Mr Clare said State and Territory Ministers with responsibility for classification matters have agreed to the revised Guidelines after extensive consultation.
The creation of an R 18+ category for computer games will bring the classification categories for computer games into line with existing categories used to classify films. It also makes the Australian classification regime more consistent with international standards.
"These are important reforms over 10 years in the making," Mr Clare said.
The new R18+ Restricted classification guidelines includes guidelines where “There are virtually no restrictions on the treatment of themes.”
Having failed to grow up Bantick continues to pursue his childish passions for creative writing, interactive entertainment and showing-off through adulthood. In 1994 Bantick began doing radio at Melbourne’s 102.7 3RRRFM, in 1997 transferring to become a core member of the technology show Byte Into It. In 2003 he wrote briefly for the The Age newspaper’s Green Guide, providing video game reviews. In 2004 Bantick wrote the news section of PC GameZone magazine. Since 2006 Bantick has provided gaming and tech lifestyle stories for iTWire.com, including interviews and opinion in the RadioactivIT section.