The battle may have been one, but I think we as gamers (in Australia) are kidding ourselves if we think the war is over. What am I talking about? The R18+ classification, which just this last week was voted upon and all the states and territories with the exception of NSW have agreed to adopt the classification. Brendan O’Connor, the politician leading the charge for gamers, has said that the classification will go through regardless of whether NSW agrees or not and we can hopefully expect to see it come in by the end of the year. It’s been a long hard fight in Australia to even get this far, so everyone who contributed in some way, should feel proud of the accomplishment of getting this far.
But let’s not get complacent. There’s still a long way to go and some very important questions that need to be answered.
- We’re getting the rating, but what is it going to entail? We know the proposed guidelines from Brendan O’Connor, but they could still well be hacked apart and we end up with something that we as gamers, don’t want.
- Will games that have been previously denied a rating (Such as Mortal Kombat), be allowed to be resubmitted?
- Will we see the ‘real’ version of games that had to be modified by their developers in order to get classification here?
It’s also important to note that, whatever the incarnation of the R18+ rating will be, it will not be a catch-all. Meaning that games could still refused classification if they are that bad. I’ll close by saying not to get complacent, not to think that we have victory and not to think the war is over. There’s still a great potential for this going the way of the Tasmanian Devil, and I’ll celebrate only when it’s all said and done.