June 18, 2012
For years we’ve heard news of many video games that would not be released in Australia, because their rating system for that form of media only went up to the age of 15. So, basically, any game that was intended for an older audience due to extreme violence, sex, or anything profane would not legally see the light of day Down Under. However, things have finally changed and the country has passed the R18+ rating, which is the equivalent to the US “M” or the European “PEGI 18” ratings.
Home Affairs Minister Jason Clare said, “these are important reforms over 10 years in the making.” He went on to say, “the R18+ category will inform consumers, parents and retailers about which games are not suitable for minors to play and will prevent minors from purchasing unsuitable material.” So, congrats to Australia. Hopefully you’ll now be able to legally get a copy of Postal 2, though I’m not sure why you’d want to.