Checkpoint Podcast

Age Ratings and Restrictions

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Luke Mitchell

Luke Mitchell
Luke spends his time playing video games, binge-watching TV and hanging out with his German Shepherd, Ziggy and Bernese Mountain Dog Pandora.

Jakob Quilligan

Jakob Quilligan
Jake hails from Bendigo where his console of choice is the PS4, closely followed by the Nintendo 3DS. Anime and volunteering tend to keep him occupied, though his staffy/ rotty/ husky cross named Iris keeps him busy first and foremost.

Tom Morgan

Tom Morgan
This is Tom. See Tom game. Game Tom, game! A confirmed bachelor with a confirmed Bachelor degree, he spends his time critically scrutinising the hard work of others. His turn offs include people, places and things!

Meagan Stearn

Meagan Stearn
Video and tabletop game lover. Canonically bi. Has way too many hobbies for her own good.


This week on the show, we talk about a topic that is still a sore spot for some people; the R18+ rating in Australia. Brought into effect in 2013, there are still games that get banned and refused classification for different reasons, and every time this happens, the question comes up: Is it really working? Luke, Meags, Tom and new kid on the block Jakob discuss this at length, talking about the benefits of our rating system and also some potential improvements. Also, Luke had a chance to talk to Jon Clarke, President of the Mars Society in Australia, about ‘life on Mars’ – specifically, with DOOM right around the corner and set on the red planet, does the game actually present what Mars is actually like? Luke has taken to the skies with his review of Star Fox Zero while Meags has stayed comfortably drifting on the ground in DiRT Rally. Also some big news this week finally as Nintendo give some details about their next console and their first launch title for it. Don’t miss all the fun in another great episode of Checkpoint!