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Australian public consultation open for an R18+ rating for games

BlogWe finally have the public consultation open for an R18+ rating open in Australia. What does this mean? Probably not much at the end of the day. The ministers have discussed this many times and now they want public input before making a decision. This is reasonably pointless though since good old Michael Atkinson has said time and time again that he will never support this rating, which means he'd have to be voted out of his conservative seat in a state I don't even live in before we might see change. Read on

Michael Atkinson - One Man Controls Mature Games in Australia

BlogI've had enough. I live in Australia, part of a modern country that like many others has free speech and all that jazz. Yet when it comes to video games we have no adults only rating; any game that is deemed too extreme for a 15+ restriction is banned or re-submitted edited to appease the rating board.

Can we blame the Classification Board? No of course not. They are bound by law; in 2006 Attorney-General Philip Ruddock that the Office of Film and Literature Classification would become part of his department. The law they are bound by comes under federal law which despite having an R18+ rating (restricting content for legal viewing only to those ages 18 or older) for films, there is no equivalent for games. Read on

Leona Lewis song to be the theme for Final Fantasy XIII western release

BlogSquare Enix have announced the release date for Final Fantasy XIII in a swanky video with a presenter. They also managed to plug Leona Lewis, who is getting one of her songs chosen as the theme for the game's Western release. Her album, Echo will be released on November 16 and November 17 in the UK and the US respectively. Read on

Xenogears REDUX

Blog"Part One: In which a starship explodes, a wedding is called off, and our heroes fight a dinosaur with a giant robot."


"The ship is destroyed and the remains crash on a convenient nearby planet. A naked lady emerges from the wreckage!

This may be explained sixty hours from now, but it will never actually make sense without or even with the three hundred page supplementary texts. Welcome to Xenogears."

This is pretty great: a script parody of Xenogears, currently being actively updated. Part 13 is as far as the D-block stuff. I'm liking it since my girlfriend and I played the game this past March. It was a blast. A horrible, horrible blast.

What do you get when you combine Plok! with Braid and Super Mario Galaxy?


I've been playing around with an iPhone for my job (as a user interface designer) and in the process been discovering a lot of great apps and games on the App Store. One of those, which coincidentally was only just released last week, is Soosiz, a pretty cute little platformer that takes the best parts of Super Mario Galaxy's innovative planetoid-based platforming and combines it with an artistic direction that feels like a blend between Plok! and Braid.

The game was seemingly developed by two Finnish brothers and scored by some dude whose music they found available with a Creative Commons license - equally reminiscent of the path Jonathan Blow's shoestring music direction strategy took.

I won't talk too much about how it plays right now - I'm only at world 2, having played about 3 minutes at work - but once I get a little deeper into it I'll make an attempt at a review. For now though, I'm at least pleasantly surprised by its superficial qualities.

If you have an iPhone, check it out! One of the best things about the App Store is that anything that costs anything probably only costs $2, and who doesn't have $2 to check out something as quirky as a Mario-Braid-Plok crossover?

Rapidly declining interest in Scribblenauts

BlogScribblenauts was the game that got most of the glory at [this year's E3](/posts/topics/E3 2009). The premise was almost revolutionary in that the possibilities were seemingly infinite: conjure up almost any animal, vegetable, or mineral to help you solve open-ended puzzles. Hatch a dinosaur egg, help a lumberjack chop down a tree, etc. There are reportedly over 20,000 nouns manually programmed into the game to assist you in solving puzzles. Read on

Videogame adaptions among the most rotten movies of the decade

BlogEveryone knowns that movies based on videogames tend to be pretty terrible, if unwatchable, but I have to admit that even I was surprised at the percentage of videogame adaptions and even videogame-inspired movies that made it on Rotten Tomatos' Worst of the Worst, their list of the worst movies of the decade. Another surprise was the absence of Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within, although I guess that movie was merely mediocre and disappointing rather than the horrible messes that are Alone in the Dark, Bloodrayne, House of the Dead, and Ecks vs. Sever.1

  1. via Game|Life

To Let the World Be

To Let the World Be

BlogMetal Gear Solid: Philanthropy is finally out! You can watch it streamed via Vimeo on the main site Here or you can download it via bittorent in the hi-quality .mov or the smaller xvid .avi. You can also download Daniel James' phenomenal soundtrack at Hybrid Two.

Simply put, this is the greatest fan film ever made. Its not perfect, but its far better than the proposed Hollywood MGS movie could ever hope to be. Snake has a few moments where he seems a bit out of character, but overall the look, feel, and, most importantly in my book, the sound is strictly 100% MGS. Well worth a watch, even for those that aren't fans of the series, just as a 'look how crazy awesome these fans are!!'

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