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Adults Only Rating Legislation Passed in Australian Parliament

BlogAustralian Minister for Home Affairs and Justice Jason Clare has announced that an R18+ category for games has finally been passed by the Australian senate. This means that the draft is now made law, and from January 1 2013 (subject to the states re-working their own respective legislation) games will be able to be rated for adults only. Read on

Square Enix's Latest Desperate Attempt to Lure People into Final Fantasy XIV

BlogFinal Fantasy XIV didn't get off to a great start. The game was launched on PC to little/no fanfare. In fact gamers reported so many problems and issues that Hiromichi Tanaka resigned as producer along with a number of other staff changes1. Now that Square Enix have spent time re-designing and re-working the game - they want people to give them money. Read on

  1. /sblog/2189/ffxiv-free-game-time-extended-again-key-staff-resign-or-are-re-shuffled-from-game FFXIV free game time extended again, key staff resign or are re-shuffled and PS3 version delayed -

Final Fantasy XIII-2 to Have Assassin's Creed DLC Costumes

BlogFinal Fantasy XIII-2 will make costumes available via DLC from Assassin's Creed. While the concept of a fictional crossover is far from new, I think we've reached a new low. I'm still yet to finish Final Fantasy XIII and therefore haven't started the sequel, but I can assure you this announcement is not making me want to get on board quickly. Read on

The Darkness II Proves Horrific Violence in Games is OK in Australia if Contextual

BlogThe Darkness II has been rated MA15+ (legally restricted for sale/hire to people over the age of 15) twice by the Classification Board of Australia, after voluntary re-submission to include a newer version containing a sex scene. Coming with the advice of "strong horror violence, blood and gore, sex scenes and coarse language", the game was not refused classification despite very strong violence. Read on

Metal Gear Solid HD Not Coming to Europe Until 2012, 'Transfarring' to be Japan Only

BlogKonami has announced that the Metal Gear Solid HD Collection will be available in the United States on November 8. Great if you live there. If you're in Europe - too bad. You have to wait until sometime next year, in 2012. Do we really still live in an era that requires months of extra waiting time for PAL releases because companies were too slack to get their European language localisation sorted earlier? Really? I call bullshit frankly, and I wish companies would move forward and localise things on time. It's not like Konami Europe didn't know the title was coming - what's the deal here? Final Fantasy XIII had no problem with this, neither did Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots. Even God of War III was only out a couple of days later in Europe than its United States release. Read on

More 3DS titles delayed due to poor 3DS sales

BlogNatsume has announced both Harvest Moon: Tale of Two Towns and Gabrielle's Ghostly Groove are both being delayed until October in the United States. While there's perhaps a less sinister reason for Gabrielle's Ghostly Groove (Halloween theme in October makes sense) both are being delayed due to poor early sales of the Nintendo 3DS. Read on

Australia to look at applying classification ratings to art galleries

BlogAustralia, the land of censorship. Or is it? For me, this is a part of normal life, with every form of conceivable media being rated by one board or another. Other countries (the United States specifically) seem to look down on our nation like we're run by some form of liberty destroying robots. Yet here we are at the crossroads; art galleries are now possibly going to have classification law setup.

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PlayStation Vita Unveiled, Has Bad Name

BlogSony have officially unveiled the PlayStation Vita (previously known as the NGP). SCE's president Kazuo Hirai officially announced the device at E3 2011. Apparently vita means "life" in Latin. I personally associate 'vita' with either Vitalin from Commander Keen Episode V: The Armageddon Machine or Arnott's wholegrain crackers. The device will retail for US$249 or US$299 for the Wi-Fi and 3G models respectively. The device is currently slated for a late 2011 release.

Of course, the most exciting thing about the device is the potential for Zone of the Enders and Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner to be released on the device in HD glory. Read on

Mortal Kombat Refused Classification decision to be reviewed

BlogThe Australian Classification Board determined that 2011's Mortal Kombat was Refused Classification meaning it is now illegal for the title to be sold, hired or advertised in Australia. The Classification Review Board is to meet on the 11th of March to review this decision.1 Read on

  1. Classification Review Board Media Release

Adults-only game rating delayed until next year in Australia

BlogThe federal and state Attorneys-General met in Canberra and on the agenda was an R18+ rating to be introduced for video games. They failed to come to a decision however have not rejected the idea just yet.

Federal Home Affairs Minister Brendan O'Connor said:

Gamers have grown up. Games have grown up. We need to make sure we have a classification scheme that's grown up as well.1

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