Regardless of how Australia moves on the subject of an R18+ classification for video games, people in South Australia will be seeing the big black logo in their local stores. As reported by VG24/7, Attorney-General John Rau has confirmed that he plans to simply replace the MA15+ logo with a new label.
He said; "Right now what I am envisaging is a system where South Australia still receives games that have been rated MA15+, but we simply put an R18+ sticker on top of the MA15+ sticker before the games are sold... That way parents can have a clear idea of which content is for adults."
Makes sense, right? But he makes it sound too easy, and his final statement is a tad more worrying; "I'm working on the basis that while the Federal Government sets the rules, it's up to each individual state to police them... I cannot imagine it will be a problem for South Australia to fold the MA15+ rating into the R18+ rating, once Australia has one.'
Those four words at the end, read them again. After saying to the public that South Australia would enforce the mandatory application of an R18+ system even if it meant doing so without the support of fellow States, his conclusion suggests a level of uncertainty.
To sticker, or not to sticker? That's the latest entry into the ongoing battle to change the Australian classification system. Feel free to discuss the situation in the comments below.