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Posted: Jan 28th 2009 12:37PM (Unverified) said

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Funny, for all this censorship and worry over game content, I've never met a shy or retiring Aussie and I can't imagine any of the ones I know getting upset about a videogame...

Posted: Jan 28th 2009 8:23PM UnSub said

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Most people don't. It is extremely unfortunate that their is one person holding out on allowing an R18+ classification for video games and thus blocking the change.

We do have our nutbars and wrongly reported stories - Rule of Rose got attention thanks to AAP articles coming out of Italy - but generally people don't worry about such things.

Posted: Feb 3rd 2009 3:06AM (Unverified) said

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What about mobile games?
An often forgotten fact is that mobile games, those tiny applications that are downloaded onto 3g phones, are not classified.
Also they are freely available to children, who often own mobiles these days, with no method of age verification either directly through there phone services like planet3 or online via services like Bigpond Games Shop (http://www.gamearena.com.au/shop/mobile/).

With all the hangups on R18+, and trying to protect children, you'd think a certain attourney general would be trying to fast track a more extensive classification system into place rather than road blocking it.

While there at it they could force the laws to be reviewd to cover all these "gaps" which currently allow children to purchase and play unclassified media with no checks in place.

Posted: Feb 3rd 2009 3:18AM (Unverified) said

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For that matter, what about apples Iphone application service???

I think its about time the government pulls there finger out and puts some people on the job of updating our antiquated classifications laws.

Anyone feel like reporting apples 'app store' to the police to see if they will actually take action against them?

Posted: Feb 5th 2009 7:00PM (Unverified) said

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and now because of this article the govt. picked up on this and now have banned MMOs from sale in australia..

nice job...

this is why people need to grow the fuck up with censorship, it shouldnt be up to someone else to decide what and what isnt okay for us to be exposed to

Posted: Feb 5th 2009 8:28PM (Unverified) said

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Actually, no, they have not, though some people who have read this and the article in the Sydney Morning Herald are reporting otherwise.

It has been about 8 days since we published this article (and we've been speaking to government bodies about the subject since early December). So far Australia has taken no action to reduce the availability of unrated MMOGs, to the best of our knowledge.

MMOGs remain on sale at retail. In fact, I went to the store and got some photos -- there are more unrated MMOGs stocked on store shelves today than there were the day we published the story.
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Posted: Feb 10th 2009 5:41AM (Unverified) said

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This is crazy. You can't rate a game because the content is partly created by the players who change from day to day. It's like trying to rate a street or a restaurant...

Posted: Feb 10th 2009 7:45AM (Unverified) said

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The ESRB routinely rate MMOGs. They rate the content that exists sans the actions of other players, and then add "Game experience may change online" to cover the rest.

The same is done in Australia - when someone actually submits an MMOG for classification.

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