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Australia Gets First R18+ Game: Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge

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Australia's first R18+ game is... Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge.

Australia's notorious for its stringent treatment of videogames. Previously, any game rated higher than M15+ by the Australian Classification Board would get the boot from the country, forcing Australian gamers to find alternative avenues to get their hands on mature-rated games. There was controversy over Bethesda's Fallout 3, as the country originally banned the game for encouraging drug use, forcing the developers to change morphine to stimpaks.

Back in June 2012, the Australian Parliament passed legislation allowing R18+ games to reach the country's shores. However, the legislation was only recently enacted after New Years' Day, and only in select parts of the nation, as some territories have yet to approve it. Ironically enough, the first R18+ game approved by the Classification Board for the country was Ninja Gaiden III: Razor's Edge, which is published by kid-friendly Nintendo.

According to Classification Board director Lesley O'Brien, Razor's Edge earned the R18+ rating for "violence that is high in impact because of its frequency, high definition graphics, and emphasis on blood effects."

Ninja Gaiden III: Razor's Edge has already launched in the U.S. and Japan as Wii U launch titles and just launched in Europe today. The game's Australian release date is still to be determined.

 

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    steve360 , January 12, 2013 3:27 AM
    For years, this common sense law was cockblocked by the "Will somebody please think of the children" brigade composed mainly of Christian lobbies and religious-minded politicians. Legislation was repeatedly vetoed despite extensive research and surveys showing around 90% support from the community.

    Even though the average age is now over 30, the previous rules basically treated everyone as if they were 15. If it's too violent for a 15 y.o. then it's the same for everyone over 18. This might of worked in the 1990's when video games were targeted at kids but unlike the religious people who opposed this change, those kids grew up.
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    blackjackcf , January 12, 2013 4:19 AM
    steve360For years, this common sense law was cockblocked by the "Will somebody please think of the children" brigade composed mainly of Christian lobbies and religious-minded politicians. Legislation was repeatedly vetoed despite extensive research and surveys showing around 90% support from the community.Even though the average age is now over 30, the previous rules basically treated everyone as if they were 15. If it's too violent for a 15 y.o. then it's the same for everyone over 18. This might of worked in the 1990's when video games were targeted at kids but unlike the religious people who opposed this change, those kids grew up.


    Well, when you're the new kid on the block on the entertainment scene, you're going to get the short end of the stick on being scrutinized.

    Movies were treated no differently not too long ago.

    So, all things in good time.
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    memadmax , January 12, 2013 5:53 AM
    So thats why alot of games were getting pirated in austrailia....

    My bad...
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    tomfreak , January 12, 2013 8:16 AM
    it is the parent's responsibility to make sure kids do not obtain the 18+ stuff, Not the developer.

    Banning 18+ videogames is like banning the sales of condom/porno throughout the country.

    these religion minded politician need their brain checked.
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    StormOfRazors , January 12, 2013 9:32 AM
    Correction to the article, any game rated higher than MA15+ would be refused classification, as m15+ was an advisory classification only (not legally enforceable) whilst MA15+ was restricted to those above 15.
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    npcomplete , January 12, 2013 5:33 PM
    In addition, R18+ is not an advisory or recommendation like what StormOfRazors mentioned for M15+. It is a legal restriction that also places a burden on retailers. This is not the case at all in the US, btw.
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    uglynerdman , January 12, 2013 6:17 PM
    i laugh at AUS... theyre so right winged it hurts
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    halcyon , January 13, 2013 12:31 AM
    The Aussies are worried about video games but the let all kinds of deadly poisonous critters roam everywhere largely unchecked. Glad I don't live there.
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    AidanJC , January 13, 2013 4:17 AM
    I'm still waiting for Left 4 Dead 2 to have the gore limitation removed...

    halcyonThe Aussies are worried about video games but the let all kinds of deadly poisonous critters roam everywhere largely unchecked. Glad I don't live there.

    No where near as bad as it's made out to be. Worst thing about living here is the markup we pay for everything..

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    iam2thecrowe , January 13, 2013 6:56 AM
    halcyonThe Aussies are worried about video games but the let all kinds of deadly poisonous critters roam everywhere largely unchecked. Glad I don't live there.

    At least we don't have psychos shooting up primary shools and high schools every other week, and every idiot running around with automatic high powered firearms. I'd much rather have poisonous critters.
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    halcyon , January 13, 2013 10:08 AM
    iam2thecroweAt least we don't have psychos shooting up primary shools and high schools every other week, and every idiot running around with automatic high powered firearms. I'd much rather have poisonous critters.

    Okay...you have a point. ...sort of....
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    techy74 , January 13, 2013 9:08 PM
    Great news. I was wondering when we would see the first of the 18+ games. i look forward to see what is next. Gaming is not just for kids. There is more to gaming than playing Angry birds.
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    jono009 , January 14, 2013 5:09 AM
    So when can we have our backlog rightfully returned to shelves? still waiting on a few titles like the new Mortal Kombat?
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    eiskrystal , January 14, 2013 7:27 AM
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    banned the game for encouraging drug use, forcing the developers to change morphine to stimpaks


    Remind me not to end up in an Australian hospital then if the government disapproves of morphine for pain relief.

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    Reynod , January 14, 2013 9:04 AM
    Actually I am pretty happy living in Australia.

    Its just backward enough to appreciate what you have lost.

    :) 
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    anti-painkilla , January 14, 2013 8:23 PM
    I love Aus, and would love to live there one day, move across the ditch. However, I have always gamed with Aussies, as their servers have the best latency other than the Kiwi servers. I have supported this change for as long as I have gamed.

    Hopefully this isn't the last R18 game for you guys.
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