Bring on the gratuitous violence, the hardcore nudity, and all the shits, fucks, cunts, etc. that you can handle coming out of people’s mouths, Dear Reader, because, after many years and shitloads of debating, Australia is finally going to be getting a R18+ rating for video games. Blood and tits, hooray!
A bill was introduced into Federal Parliament today bringing classification categories for gaming in line with existing categories for films and television shows.
The amendments to the Classification Act 1995 and Broadcasting Services Act 1992 are expected to come into effect by January of next year.
In all seriousness, this has something that has been a long time coming, and I’m glad it’s now actually going to happen. The rest of the developed world already has an adult rating for video games. Unfortunately for us here in Australia, a country that represents itself as laid back, relaxed and forward-thinking but is in fact very politically and culturally conservative, we have rested on our laurels on this issue (along with the issue of gay marriage, another hot-button topic here at the moment, but that’s another article for another time).
As adults, we should be able to decide what kinds of entertainment we choose to consume. Of course, if anything is representative of things that still exist outside the realms of our normal classifications, then it’s going to get banned, just as it would be with film or television. And that’s fine. That’s the way it should be. It was the dichotomy between video games and other forms of entertainment that was the problem. And anyone who would argue against an adult rating for video games in the name of protecting children is, quite frankly, a FUCKING MORON. If it’s a game intended for adults, children should not be playing them anyway, and surely, an R18+ sticker on a game is going to enforce the message that they aren’t made for kids much more strongly than an MA15+ ever could, and if it’s the parents buying these games for their children, then again, they are a FUCKING MORON.
So to celebrate Australia not looking backwards-as-fuck to the rest of the world (at least for a little while), and finally, at long last treating the adults of our great nation with some fucking respect, here is some graphic video game nudity for you, Dear Reader.