Trial For Classifying Online Games Looks Promising
A trial of classifying mobile and digital titles in Australia is seeing its first results, three months after the announcement of the trial.
In a media release from the Minister for Justice Hon Michael Keenan from March, the trial involves a partnership with the International Age Rating Coalition (IARC), a conglomeration of classification authorities from around the world, aiming to provide a simple standard for giving an age rating to mobile apps and digital content.
Three months later to Monday afternoon, hundreds of games and their classification are appearing on the Australian Classification website. Searching the titles of these games pulls up information regarding as mobile games.
While these primary results of digital classification relate to mobile games, this is looking good for gamers on other platforms. If this trial is successful, then a more permanent tool based on this trial could be implemented. What this means for gamers is that digital games could be classified faster, and if the games are classified faster, they’ll be put on storefronts faster, and into gamer’s hands faster. Situations such as the digital release of the 2014 multiplatform title Shovel Knight, which was delayed for four months after its North American release, may be averted in the future.