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Posted: Oct 10th 2009 4:37PM (Unverified) said

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All i can say is that im glad i dont live there for that reason. They almost seem as bad as the chinese gaming regulation people. And games are really expensive there.

Posted: Oct 10th 2009 6:37PM (Unverified) said

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Lol, what an absolute rubbish reason to base your decision upon. Notice they're still on the shelves. No-one cares about this except Massively. And nothing would've happpened if they hadn't gone all 60 Minutes about it...
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Posted: Oct 10th 2009 6:37PM Tarquin said

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Do you actully know what your talking about?

the OFLC are nothing like chinese gaming regulators, the only issuse we have here is that there is no 18+ classification for games.

None of the games mentioned above were ever stoped form being sold here in australia, and they did not make any publisher jump tho the hoops that the chinese goverment has with blizz recently!
Infact its quite the opposite, they never inforced the law on any of these games, as acording to australian law anything without a classifcation is not aloud to be sold.
This is nothing more then an intresting law qurik.

and as for them being exprensive, we pay just as much as you in the states (less most of the time if you factor in exchange rates)

So save yourself looking stupid and think befor opening your mouth next time
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Posted: Oct 10th 2009 7:47PM (Unverified) said

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The reason why most games are expensive are because of exchange rates and shipping fees.

But I have to say that their rating on games are a bit over the top. Like I remember the Sims being rated Teenager in Europe, was rated M in Australia.
Then again, the same can go for movie ratings there too.....

But I really don't know how they "rate" MMOs. It's oddly pointless. This game is rated M, but game experience may change during online play......
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Posted: Oct 10th 2009 11:47PM (Unverified) said

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Idiot.
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Posted: Oct 13th 2009 9:54AM bullshitexpresscom said

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Not move to Australia for that reason? sheesh. I'd move there in a second. If I knew I could get a job.
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Posted: Oct 10th 2009 8:25PM (Unverified) said

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Umm.. ben? Do you live in Australia?

I agree with all your post bar the statement we pay the same price as the US. We get games later, and pay more for them. Sometimes ridiculously more.

Posted: Oct 10th 2009 9:28PM GaaaaaH said

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Maybe the ratings are only on the new boxes, which haven't hit the shelves due to lower demand.

Posted: Oct 11th 2009 4:07AM (Unverified) said

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screw you colonel kurtz! AMURICA F*** YA!

Posted: Oct 11th 2009 4:13AM (Unverified) said

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I rest my case.
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Posted: Oct 11th 2009 5:21AM (Unverified) said

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haha come on now.. i was only playing =P

Posted: Oct 11th 2009 10:14AM (Unverified) said

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All the youtube videos on the subject has made it seem like the end of the world in Australia. These videos are made from activisit in Australia...so I don't see how blaming Massively is completely accurate.

Are there any games that you can't buy now in Australia? What are done with the 18+ games. Can you still download Second Life?

Is this really a non-issue Quin? Is this government censorship or simply a rating system?

Posted: Oct 11th 2009 11:57AM (Unverified) said

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>> Is this really a non-issue Quin? Is this government censorship or simply a rating system?

It's a mandated ratings system. Some think that's censorship and some don't. Some aren't sure quite what to think.

>> Are there any games that you can't buy now in Australia?

Yes. Any game that doesn't meet the content standards for a fifteen year old.

>> What are done with the 18+ games
They are "Refused Classification" (RC) and cannot be sold, rented, or traded in Australia, nor can they be legally stored on any premises that sells non-RC titles. They *can* however be imported (to a point), as the Classifications Enforcement Act does not control purchases. The particular point that I'm referring to is that Customs can and does intercept some material that would be RC.

>> Can you still download Second Life?

Yes, as it does not fall under the jurisdiction of the Classifications Enforcement Act. It is not sold in Australia. It is not sold at all, in fact. However, the proposed Internet filtering system may impact it significantly.
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Posted: Oct 13th 2009 9:08AM Darky said

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the filter wont happen, as it reduces the net speed by a ridiculous amount and that would simply cause an uproar as the net speeds suck already in australia and if they do, proxies are usable and easily makable
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Posted: Oct 13th 2009 9:44AM (Unverified) said

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Really? I read in the papers that the trial of the system was considered 'a success' (actually, I believe they used the term 'a huge success'), mostly apparently based on some result that indicated that the system did not slow things down very much.

Either way, though, I don't quite see what practicality, usability and effectiveness have to do with what legislation actually passes -- I mean, they haven't before right? ;)
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