Australian Senate passes the R18+ legislation

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Australian Senate passes the R18+ legislation

At last, we're going to get an R18 rating for games. Come January 2013, gaming grows up in Australia.

So there you are, watching the endless Family Guy marathon that is Seven Mate, and you see this great bit of news while browsing Facebook.

Thanks, Player Attack (hi, Jess, KINGSLEY and the rest of the crew!), for the awesome news that R18+ legislation has, just this night, passed through the Senate. On January 1st 2013, our classification system for games will be overhauled, at Federal and State levels.

The announcement was made on the Minister for Home Affair, the Hon John Clare MP's website.

“These are important reforms over 10 years in the making,” Mr Clare said.

"The R 18+ category will inform consumers, parents and retailers about which games are not suitable for minors to play, and will prevent minors from purchasing unsuitable material."

"The reforms also mean that adults are able to choose what games they play within the bounds of the law."

To this, I can only say woot. And check out the full press release on the Home Affairs website.

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