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The Australian federal government has released draft guidelines for an R18+ videogame rating that would strengthen the MA15+ rating but impose "virtually no restrictions on the treatment of themes" for adults.
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Getting there.... slooooowly
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Fantastic news, sadly a repost though.

Which I can't find again because it's not actually in the video game news section.
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cool. now lets all play COD: strippers run wild
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Fantastic news, sadly a repost though.

Which I can't find again because it's not actually in the video game news section.
So much for search.
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So much for search.
It's all good. This is actually in the right section anyway.

But on topic, did you actually read the guidelines? They are actually quite good. Alot better then I was expecting.

What are everyone's thoughts? To harsh? Not harsh enough?
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Seems good to me. If I recall correctly, Australia didn't used to allow any games rated higher than MA15+ for anyone, so this can only be good for adults there who want to play more mature games.
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It's all good. This is actually in the right section anyway.

But on topic, did you actually read the guidelines? They are actually quite good. Alot better then I was expecting.

What are everyone's thoughts? To harsh? Not harsh enough?
Aye, much better than expected. Again we may have one AG that wants us all to play a Wii and throw a spanner in the works.

Expect some "compromise" before a final outcome though
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Seems good to me. If I recall correctly, Australia didn't used to allow any games rated higher than MA15+ for anyone, so this can only be good for adults there who want to play more mature games.
Actually that's not the main reason we need it. I'm sick of the media using video games as a outlet for bad parenting. Bascially what this will allow is the fact that parents can now make a better informed decision about what their chrildren are playing. It also may have a domino effect and should stop the media targeting games because it should mean it was the parents fault for buying the game and actually had nothing to do with the game itself.

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Aye, much better than expected. Again we may have one AG that wants us all to play a Wii and throw a spanner in the works.

Expect some "compromise" before a final outcome though
Very true, the meeting could still be unsuccesful. But. I'm more worried about the ACL throwing something into the fire that just sets it off and doesn't stop. Meaning a longer wait for a better system.
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Imo, a little to restrictive for legally consenting adults. Also, one guideline I have to both applaud...and go Double U-Tee-Ffffff at is:

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"promotion of pedophile activity, depictions of child sexual abuse..."
Where in hades did that come from??? Not that it isn't a sensible guideline, more like what should be a common sense rule. But what game ever had anything, even remotely, resembling anything like that?
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Imo, a little to restrictive for legally consenting adults. Also, one guideline I have to both applaud...and go Double U-Tee-Ffffff at is:



Where in hades did that come from??? Not that it isn't a sensible guideline, more like what should be a common sense rule. But what game ever had anything, even remotely, resembling anything like that?
Well think about it this way what happens if a game dev puts it in a game. Sure common sense says bad idea and it's wrong. But if it's not in the rules they can't actually legally stop it. I would assume they are just covering their bases.
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