New South Wales MP Greg Donnelly wants to have at least 50 games which are currently sitting at MA15+ re-rated as R18+.
Yesterday, we dropped up the news of the specific part of the act which Donnelly would be using to make such a measure, and today we’re able to confirm that a game can only be resubmitted for classification after it has been out for two years (unless it is ‘modified’ in any way, in which case it may be re-classified instantly.
This means two things: firstly, that games like Assassin’s Creed III will not be able to be touched for two years, and secondly that games like Mortal Kombat, which have been previously Refused Classification (while they WILL remain as an RC when R18+ becomes available), can also be resubmitted if edits have been made.
Although in the case of Mortal Kombat, one struggles to think of what could be subtly edited.
Any teething issues with re-ratings notwithstanding, it’s clear that the R18+ classification will be a useful and welcome addition to the roster of available age ratings categories in Australia when it arrives in January 2013.
And it may just stop New Zealand from being lumped in with Australian bans, like it has been in the past.
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