Ron Curry, CEO of the Interactive Games and Entertainment Association, has commented on Australia's first R18+ classification.
Curry said: The classification guidelines for video games are now more closely aligned with the guidelines for film and TV which makes it easier for parents to make informed decisions about the interactive content they choose to buy and play."
It’s important for people to keep close attention to these ratings before buying a game, but we also encourage parents to do their own research and read reviews about the game before they make a purchase. This also serves as a timely reminder for parents to update control settings on game consoles to ensure children are only accessing age-appropriate content."
It’s great to finally see Australian adults have access to video games designed specifically for mature audiences, after more than ten years working with government, families, businesses and the broader community to introduce an R18+ category.
The classification is an historic achievement for Australia, which has been fighting for an R18+ rating for games for a decade, and in spite of some valid criticism of the specifics of the new rating, it's a good day for gamers everywhere.