How the Australian R18+ System Works

Right, remember that brilliant moment for Australian gaming history when the country finally got
the R18+ rating
for video games? Well, the final guidelines for the R18+
have just been uncovered via the folks at GameSpot,
who spoke on the subject with Australia’s Federal Minister for Home Affairs
Brendan O’Connor. Here are the guidelines:

Under the final guidelines, the criteria for an R18+ game will now be:


There are virtually no restrictions on the treatment of themes.


Violence is permitted. High impact violence that is, in context, frequently
gratuitous, exploitative and offensive to a reasonable adult will not be permitted.
Sexual violence may be implied, if non-interactive and justified by context.


Sexual activity may be realistically simulated. The general rule is “simulation,
yes—the real thing, no”.


There are virtually no restrictions on language.


Drug use is permitted Drug use related to incentives and rewards is not permitted.


Nudity is permitted.

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