Classification Review Board upholds MA15+ rating for 12 games

David Wildgoose
Classification Review Board upholds MA15+ rating for 12 games

The Classification Review Board has upheld the original MA15+ decisions for twelve computer games following a review requested by the South Australian Attorney-General.

In early November, John Rau called for the classification decisions of twelve games released in 2013 to be reviewed. Rau's request, labelled "unwarranted and costly" by the IGEA, came as a result of all twelve games receiving what he perceived as higher classification ratings overseas.

All twelve games were classified MA15+. The twelve games were:

  • Alien Rage
  • Borderlands 2 Expansion Packs
  • Company of Heroes 2
  • Deadly Premonition: Director’s Cut
  • Deadpool
  • Fuse
  • Gears of War: Judgement
  • God Mode
  • Killer is Dead
  • Splinter Cell Blacklist
  • The Walking Dead
  • The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct

Today the Review Board announced it has upheld the original MA15+ decisions for all twelve games.

In a press release, the Review Board stated that it is an independent merits review body and makes a fresh classification decision upon receipt of an application for review.

Ron Curry, IGEA CEO, said of the review decision, "The basis for the classification review was unsubstantiated and it is a shame that the exercise was undertaken in the first place. The twelve video games were wrongly singled out because of the different ratings received overseas; an argument that does not take into consideration the structural and cultural differences between Australia’s classification scheme and international schemes."

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Tags: classification , Australian Classification , John Rau

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