Federal Minister for Home Affairs, Jason Clare, has introduced the long-awaited R18+ bill to federal parliament. Woot.
The good lord willing and the creeks don't rise, by this time next year Australia will have a games classification system that not only features an R18 rating, but that is inline with other forms of media classification.
Can I get an AMEN!
Jason Clare, Federal Minister for Home Affairs, introduced the R18 bill to Federal parliament today. "This will bring the classification categories for computer games into line with existing categories used to classify films and make the Australian classification regime more consistent with international standards," he said to his colleagues.
To be sure, this is moving much slower than any of us would likely want, and there have been casualties - such as EA's no longer upcoming in this country Syndicate - but it is coming.
If you want to have a look at some of the best R18 coverage, check out Laura Parker's work over on Gamespot.