Topic / Video Games

Victoria Govt: We’re not scrapping MA15+, “progressing” with R18+ changes

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Image: Shaun Greiner/Flickr (Creative Commons) The Victorian Attorney-General’s office has finally responded to two simple questions that we sent them back in March, Yes, it has taken them this long to actually come up with a response, but gamers can sleep a little bit easier as they have confirmed to us that they will not be scrapping the MA15+ when they introduce the amendments to their classification law. “Victoria has […]

South Australia AG to scrap M and PG ratings for video games when R18+ laws are introduced

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Image: Shaun Greiner/Flickr (Creative Commons) In a radio interview with 891 ABC Adelaide, South Australia’s Attorney-General John Rau has outlined his new classification laws, declaring that he will scrap not only the MA15+ rating, but the M15+ and PG ratings as well. The proposal would see any game classified MA15+, M15, and PG-rated games move up to R18+ territory only in South Australia – where people over the age of […]

R18+ Classification passes House with bipartisan support, heads to Senate

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Image: Shaun Greiner/Flickr (Creative Commons) The House of Representatives have passed the R18+ classification amendment for video games, meaning that the law reaches its final hurdle – passing the Senate. However, as seen by the support in the House, then it will most likely pass without any hitches. All political parities – including the Coalition – voted in favour for the Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Ammendment (R18+ Computer […]

R18+ Classification Bill finally introduced to Parliament

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Image: Shaun Greiner/Flickr (Creative Commons) The bill that will see an R18+ classification for video games has now been finally introduced to Parliament. Introduced by Minister of Home Affairs Jason Clare, it has now been tabled and will be debated tomorrow. The bill, Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Amendment (R 18+ Computer Games) Bill 2012, simply inserts R18+ in several sections of the current Act. How a game is […]

SUCCESS: Australia finally gets an R18+ rating for video games

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Screenshot of Mortal Kombat – a game that has been given an RC classification The attorneys-general from the states and territories, in addition to their federal counterpart, have now agreed to create an adult classification rating for video games sold in Australia, finally aligning the system with its other Western counterparts. All states and territories, except for the NSW Government, have agreed to support the proposal to create an R18+ […]

Xperia PLAY specs released by Sony Ericsson – to be out in March

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Sony Ericsson has officially announced the full specifications on its most awaited “PlayStation Phone”, the XPERIA Play, at this year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The company also released the Xperia neo and Xperia pro at the event as well. The phone will feature a 4-inch display with a 5-megapixel camera that will also include flash. The phone will run on a 1GHz Snapdragon processor with a GPU that is […]

The Year in Review 2010: The Highlights Reel

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2010. What a year to end a decade. From political uncertainty in the United States, Australia and the United Kingdom, the leaking of important US documents – from Afghanistan to diplomatic cables – and even a possible upheaval of our classification system to finally allow a R18+ rating in Australia, bringing it in line with other western nations. We got more information about the new National Broadband Network, while we […]

Christian lobby launches new anti-R18+ campaign, with flawed research

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The Australian Christian Lobby has decided to do one last attempt to campaign against an R18+ rating, urging its followers to write to the Attorney Generals to say no for the introduction of the rating to video games which would put the Australian video game classification scheme on par with international ratings. The Lobby claims that bringing the rating would expose “explicit violence and sex” to children who would end […]

Halo Reach: Armour Abilities & Tips

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All armor abilities have usage limits, and you can only use them if you have enough in your armor ability meter. Most of the abilities slowly drain your meter, E.g. Evade drains half of it in each use, after 2 evades, you have to wait to recharge. Not all abilities are available in all game modes, depending on the game mode, the weapon loadout that comes with a particular armor […]

Halo Reach: UNSC Weapons

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Assault Rifle: This high-capacity automatic weapon is a classic from Halo: Combat Evolved. It can fire up to 32 rounds before having to be reloaded, but each round inflicts only a small amount of damage. Attempting to fire for too long will result in the loss of a lot of accuracy. Pistol: The Pistol is a very useful sidearm for close battles, and skirmishes. It now has a 2x scope […]

Switzerland passes law banning ‘violent’ video games

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NEWS IN BRIEF: Any game with a classification rating of 16 or above in the PEGI system (Europe’s version of the OFLC for gaming, though they have an adult rating) will be banned from sale in Switzerland after a new law passed by the Swiss National Council. While no exact requirements has been made officially yet, but it is most probable that a ban on distrubution, production and sale of […]

Atkinson still holds Croydon seat

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Michael Atkinson, the South Australian Attorney-General and known opponent for a R18+ classification scheme for video games, has been re-elected in his seat of Croydon, according to ABC predictions, managing to get about 64 percent of the vote (two-party preferred), despite a swing against him of 14.4 percent. Gamers4Croydon’s Kat Nicholson, hoping to remove Atkinson from his seat, managed to get a reasonable 3.6 percent of the vote, ahead of […]

Holiday Deal: Assassin’s Creed 2 for $79

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Assassin’s Creed 2, the follow-up to the popular series, would usually cost you about $109.95 – something that would be, basically, making a huge dent in your budget. However, if the recipient (or you) still want the game; don’t fret. GAME is selling both the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions for $79.00. But want something more? You can get the White Collector’s Edition with a Ezio figurine and bonus […]

Video game listing made easy

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Ever wanted to keep a rather well organised list of your games, unfinished or completed? Then sign up to Backloggery, the best way to keep a tab on your games. Whether it be old, new or unreleased, Backloggery has a complete listing of games from all consoles and peripherals ever made. And that’s not all, there are also other special features suggesting what game to play next, friends lists, medals […]

Study applies international law on video games – WTF?

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Proving that anyone can create a study on any topic, two Swiss organisations have decided to test several video games and applied international law, including International Humanitarian Law (IHL) and International Criminal Law (ICL), to see if the games have violated any of the rules set in place. The organisations – Pro Juventute, a children rights group, and Track Impunity Always (TRIAL), an organisation focusing on international law – have […]