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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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Major classical label to release Nobuo Uematsu piano album

BlogSquare Enix Music Online has revealed that pianist Benyamin Nuss will be releasing a piano album of Nobuo Uematsu's work on major label Universal Music (Deutsche Grammophon/DECCA).

Nuss is working with supervisor Thomas Boecker, the man who produced the world's first video game concert outside Japan in early 2003. This generous and passionate man (I say this as I have spoken to him before) has since produced many concerts and albums including drammatica The Very Best of Yoko Shimomura and Vielen Dank Masashi Hamauzu. Read on

Film critic Roger Ebert still believes "video games can never be art"

BlogPopular film critic Roger Ebert (who writes for the Chicago Sun-Times) is standing by his previous argument that "video games can never be art".

He refers to a talk by Kellee Santiago (video game designer, producer and President & Co-Founder of thatgamecompany1) who made various points against Ebert's claim. His core argument is:

No one in or out of the field has ever been able to cite a game worthy of comparison with the great poets, filmmakers, novelists and poets.

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Shigeru Miyamoto in no rush to retire

BlogAs reported by Kotaku Shigeru Miyamoto (Nintendo's creator of Mario, Zelda, Star Fox and Donkey Kong among others) has advised he's in no rush to retire at all.

Well, I am one of the company workers and the company has to retire me some time. So from that perspective, yes I may have to retire from Nintendo some day. But when I look around and see how aged cartoonists continue to work on their manga and how movie directors create new movies all the time, I understand that they would never retire. And by the same token, I guess I will still be making games somehow. The only question is whether the younger people will be willing to work with me at that far point in the future. Read on

R Rating for video games in Australia

BlogThis video argues the case for an R rating in video games in Australia in simple animation form and presents clear arguments to those who may not be familiar with the issue.

As a budding politics student it makes be extremely angry that the public is slowly flowing to this side of thinking and no government opinion exists (outside the Attorneys General).

The current state of J-RPGs

BlogWandering the internet in search of anime news/events today I found an interesting opinion piece on Anime News Network's 'The X Button' column.

It felt very familiar to me. In the days of my youth I discovered (somewhat later than most) Final Fantasy VII. I have enjoyed the many many hours of slogging through various Japanese RPGs since then as complicated tales of political intrigue, romance and betrayal unfolded in between furious battles. Yet in more recent times I have become bored with the genre. I've half finished Final Fantasy VII: Crisis Core, only played about 5 hours of Final Fantasy XII (yes, that's right, I said it) and only played the first hour or so of Star Ocean: The Last Hope (I blame the terrible voice acting). Read on

Michael Atkinson quits front bench

BlogMichael Atkinson who was the Attorney-General in the state of South Australia has resigned from the front bench. This means that while he still retained his seat after the recent state election he will no longer be the Attorney-General of South Australia. Why does anyone care? Because as previously stated Atkinson was the only man out of the country's Attorney Generals (one for each state and one federal) who publicly opposed the introduction of an adults only rating for video games. Read on

Australian fined $1.6m for uploading New Super Mario Bros Wii

BlogAn Australian named James Burt illegally uploaded New Super Mario Bros. Wii to the internet on November 6 2009, 6 days before the November 12 release date. The Federal Court of Australia case settled outside of court for Burt to pay Nintendo $1.5m (AUD) in damages as well as $100,000 in court costs. Read on

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