Oz games classified

Rating system gets color-coded

SYDNEY — Australia’s classification board has color-coded its rating system for movies and extended it to interactive entertainment for the first time, but games producers say the changes don’t go far enough.

Under the system, the new green “G” symbol is general exhibition, the yellow PG requires parental guidance, the blue M is for mature auds, and the red MA15+ is restricted to those above 15 unless accompanied by an adult. The black R18+ is restricted to adults, and white X18+ is erotica sold through specialist outlets; these two classifications apply to movies only.

Despite a three-year campaign by games distribs, there is no R18+ classification for games in Oz. These are banned from the country, but are available illegally.

“We are the only country in the Western world that doesn’t have (the higher rating),” said John Watts, prexy of the Interactive Industry Assn. of Australia.”

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