As of January next year, gamers will have to provide proof-of-age cards before buying anything with an R18+ rating.
As of January next year, gamers will have to provide proof-of-age cards before buying anything with an R18+ rating.

Ratings for video games as bill passes

VIDEO games featuring graphic violence and strong adult themes will be subject to R18+ ratings in NSW after a bill restricting sales to minors passed in state parliament late Wednesday.

The bill mirrors the Federal Government's plans to bring classification laws for video games in line with films.

As of January next year, gamers will have to provide proof-of-age cards before buying anything with an R18+ rating.

NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione has publicly advocated for gaming restrictions.

Last month he linked the knife culture amongst teens in Sydney's west to violent video games.

He said it was dangerous for teenagers to be rewarded for killing and raping people, stealing money from prostitutes and crashing cars.

Speaking in parliament on Wednesday, NSW Attorney-General Greg Smith said the passing of the bill was a victory for adult gamers and parents who wanted to protect their children from harmful content.


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