Australia has long stood as the only developed country without an 18+ rating for video games. That's about to change. The dubious distinction has led Australia to outlaw various games, such as the recent Mortal Kombat, forcing gamers to import copies. The lack of an adult rating has also caused a trend to classify normally adult games under the age 15 rating.
Now, their federal government has issued an ultimatum giving the states and territories till July to negotiate a new 18+ rating, aimed at preserving the integrity of the 15 rating while opening up new markets for adults.
"We're the only country that allows tens and tens of games to be used by minors that are only used by adults overseas," he told ABC Television.
"We're becoming the laughing stock of the developed world."