International Age Rating Coalition system has banned more games in Australia in 3 months than the last 20 years

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– Tom Heath

Listings on the Classification Board’s website show that more than 200 games have been effectively banned in Australia in the last three months under a new automated system being trialled by the Board. The new system is a free online tool developed by the International Age Rating Coalition, where developers of mobile and online games can fill out a questionnaire which determines the applicable rating worldwide.

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Infographic of the process from IARC website.

The IARC tool is being tested in Australia to help curb the immense volume of games made available on app stores and digital retailers that have been being sold unclassified. Since the trial began in March of this year, the Classification Board website lists 242 games have been categorised as Refused Classification, meaning they cannot be sold within Australia. That is a staggering number of games, given the Board has given RC ratings (that upheld, without edits) to 85 games since the Board’s inception in 1995.

It worth noting, however, that this new system is allowing for a whole new platform of games to be classified that were previously not; this logically leads to more games being able to be rated RC.

Sadly, the listings for each game do not go into the specifics of why each game was given the old RC. But given the Classification Board’s policy of frowning on games that depict drug use or sexual intercourse related to incentives/rewards, or directly depict sexual violence, that games such as Weed Shop The GameiSmoke: Weed HD and Chicken 2.0: The Adult Sex Game were denied from iPhones everywhere.

Tom is currently trying to find a place he can purchase Chicken 1.0 now that it has been brought to his attention that it must exist. If you have any ideas, hit him up on Twitter: @tomdheath. Be sure to follow LoadScreen on Twitter as well for all your gaming needs: @load_screen.

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