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Australian Classification Board
R Rating
M Rating
PG Rating
G Rating
Thor: The Dark World (2013)
Received M Rating due to:
disturbing scenes
Halo 4 (2012)
M Rating due to:
science fiction violence
The IT Crowd (2006+)
M Rating due to:
Moderate coarse language
INTRODUCTION: The ACB is formed by Australian government which classifies video games,Movies, publications for exhibition, sale or hire in Australia since 1995. In 1993, the CB introduced the MA15+ rating as a means of flagging content that was too strong for the M classification, but not so much so that the content should be restricted only to persons over the age of 18 . The other categories which require restriction is R18+ which mean people under 18 may not legally buy or rent or view R18 + classified content and other category X18+ which means which contain pornographic materials and sale of this films to under 18 people is criminal offense and subjected to charge a heavy penalty of $5500.
Wikipedia2014,Australian classification Board.Available from<http://en.Wikipedia.org/wiki/Australian_Classification_Review_Board>[13May,2014].

Saint Row IV is Classified as Ma 15+ due to violence, Rape and drugs in game and published on 3 august 2013
www.youtube.com/watch?v=RwzaBs5J1uk>.[3 August 2013]
I bought a jeep is movie classified by Australian classification board as Ma 15+ because it contain sex scene , violence, horror and some stupid scenes which can have a bad impact on people under 15 . so that why
it is recommend that people under 15 must be accompanied by parent or adult guardian .

Youtube 2013, I bought a jeep. Available from<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B3bNcp97hl4>.[22 August 2013]

The XBOX 360 Game
call of duty ghosts is
also classified as Ma 15+
by Australian classification
board because of
1.strong violence
2.horrror characters.
3.Coarse language
4. Scenes description.

E -bay games2014, call of duty.Avaiable from<https://ebgames.com.au/wiiu-161131-Call-of-Duty-Ghosts-Wii-U>.
[13 May,2104]
The bag man is movie
which is classified as
Ma 15+ by Australian
classification Board
because they find this
movie has
* Strong Violence.
* Some coarse language.
*sexual violence.

Hoyts2014,The bag man.Avaiable from<http://www.hoytskiosk.com.au/movie-details/the-bag-man>.[13may,2014]
YouTube2014,Saint row iv.Avaiable from<
Written by Sylvester Stallone, starring Jason Statham and from the Director of 'Kiss The Girls', Homefront brings the action home... Phil Broker (JASON STATHAM) is a widowed ex-DEA agent who retires to a small town for the sake of his 10-year-old daughter. The only problem is he picked the wrong town.
The Australian classification found
this movies Ma 15+ because it contains
* Strong violence
*Frequent coarse Language
*Drug reference

Hoyts2014,homefront.Avaiable from http://kiosk.hoyts.com.au/movie-details/homefront>[13may,2014]
Group 2
Aleks, Nicole, Liz and Dave
For our presentation, we have selected to research the Australian Classification Board (ACB). We are looking at the Classications used in relation to Television, Film, Games and other forms of entertainment as identified by the ACB. What constitutes grouping under a certain classification, and why some examples have been issued the classifications they have.
The Australian classification board Responsible for the classifying of films and videos, computer games and publications in accordance with Commonwealth, State and Territory legislation. States and territories make their own enforcement laws based on the national classification scheme. These laws also include offence and penalties for any breaches of the laws.The classification given to a film or a computer game depends on the presence of violence, sex, language, themes, drug use and nudity.
Films have seven classification categories: G, PG, M, MA15+, R18+, X18+ and RC (Refused Classification). Computer games have six classification categories: G, PG, M, MA15+, R18+ and RC.

It’s illegal to exhibit, attempt to exhibit or sell copies of a film that has been refused classification, or to advertise and sell a computer game that has been refused classification.By making this classification Acb help teenagers to prevent from bad influence and keep their health & life well.
What is the Australian Classification Board (ACB)?
Submitted by Dave
For media to receive an 'M' rating, it is determined that the content of that media is moderate in it's impact. M (Mature) classification material contains content that is recommended for teenagers ages 15 years or older. Legally, children under the age of 15 years may legally have access to the media, as the classification is advisory.

M classified media is generally awarded this classification as it includes elements of violence and nudity of a moderate level. Parents and guardians are recommended to research the media further in order to decide whether it would be suitable for the child in their care who is under the age of 15.

Specific Examples:
The film is based upon the Marvel characters, which in turn were based upon Norse Mythology figures (Gods etc.)
As such, there are fight scenes, weaponry, warfare and acts of bodily harm
Disturbing Scenes
A weapon that when deployed creates a 'black hole' which sucks characters in and effectively turns them inside out into nothing
A character who has a device implanted in him via a forced wound, when deployed, the device shifts him into a terrifying-looking creature of warfare
Specific Examples:
Science Fiction Violence:
Warfare and killing of Alien Creatures, attacks from Alien Creatures against character (first person shooter game set in science-fiction based enviroment)
Further detail of why this game received a M rating, as directly quoted from The Australian Classification Board's Annual Report (2012-2013), paragraph 5 of Computer Games: "Post-mortem attacks can result in small amounts of blood spray and 'ragdoll' effects but no wound detail or dismemberment occurs. The game also features online communication and multiplayer capabilities that may cause the in-game classifiable elements to increase in impact. "
Issues with Game Classification:
When this game was released, there was uproar over it receiving an M classification. It was believed to be far more violent than the previous 'Halo Reach' which received a MA15+ rating. The definition of Sci-Fi Violence as opposed to normal Violence is based on the argument that Sci-Fi Violence is set in a Science Fiction setting, and thus the violence is against obviously mythical/created characters (aliens etc.), thus bearing less impact. An example of how the rating difference affected consumers can be found here:
Issues Continued:
An article from the ABC discussed rating and games, and mentioned Halo.

"...On the other hand there are games like Halo. This is a First Person Shooter, like Call of Duty, but one where the protagonist is blasting space monsters (who don't swear) with (mainly) space guns. Same rating as Call of Duty, but with content that's not nearly so disturbing. If you think your child is okay with Call of Duty because they're okay with the similarly-classified Halo, you're wrong."
Game Classification Hurts our Kids – Features – ABC Technology and Games (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) . 2014. Game Classification Hurts our Kids – Features – ABC Technology and Games (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) . [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.abc.net.au/technology/articles/2010/11/09/3060870.htm.
Language Classification:
Moderate Coarse Language:
According to ARIA (Australian Recording Industry Association) and AMRA (Australian Music Retailers Association) the following levels of Coarse Language are applied when considering Classification. This has been recognised by the Australian Arts Law Centre, and is listed as being similar to the Classifications that apply to other forms of recorded media - including film and television.
Recordings containing strong lyrics are classified into 4 categories:
Level 1 – Warning: moderate impact coarse language and/or themes;
Level 2 – Warning: strong impact coarse language and/or themes;
Level 3 – Restricted: high impact themes. Not to be sold to persons under 18 years; and
Exceeding level 3 – not to be released or sold.

M Ratings and Free TV
There has been a call to ban M ratings and above from Free TV, according to an article written by Athena Yenko for the International Business Times on September 1, 2013.

This is based upon the shift from being able to show certain rated programs after 8:30pm, but due to the emergence of technology that allows streaming of programs at any time (example being ABC iView), this means that children have more wide-reaching access to such programming. Food for thought.
Free TV Australia Calls to Remove Ban on M-Rated Content - International Business Times. 2014. Free TV Australia Calls to Remove Ban on M-Rated Content - International Business Times. [ONLINE] Available at: http://au.ibtimes.com/articles/505152/20130911/free-tv-australia-adult-content-nine-seven.htm#.U3gWysdzH7t.
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