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
- 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."