Australia is one step closer to a mature rating for video games, as resigning ratings-blocker Michael Atkinson is replaced as South Australian Attorney General by John Rau, a man who reportedly says an R18+ video game rating is common sense.
Australian gamers and publishers alike have long lamented the lack of an R18+ rating for video games. The highest rating a game can receive in the country is MA15+, a decision made back during the early days of gaming. As games started to mature, publishers started finding it harder and harder to get more mature rated in the country, for if a game didn't fall under the MA15+ rating or lower, it had to be modified or it wouldn't see the light of day.
As our embedded Australian correspondent Luke Plunkett explains it, the reason why this hasn't changed after all these years was South Australian Attorney General Michael Atkinson, the single holdout against the change, which requires all six attorneys general to approve.