Australia has notoriously strict ratings for video games, on par or exceeding those used by the USK in Germany, but a new classification model means they have dropped the rating ban hammer on more games than ever before.
The Australia Classification Board banned 50 games from 1994 until 2014, since the new rating model came into effect in March, the ratings board has banned 220 games.
Australia will also be adopting the new International Age Rating Coalition which is used to regulate the sale of digital games. This system has already been adopted by the US, Canada, UK, Brazil, and most European countries.
An Australia Classification Board representative stated
Due to the online explosion, there are hundreds of thousands — if not millions — of games currently available online. It is not realistic or practicable for the Classification Board to manually classify each of them.
In preparation for the pilot, a large ‘back catalogue’ of games has been classified — more than 150,000 to date. After 12 months, classification ministers will determine whether the IARC tool should be a permanent part of the Australian classification scheme.