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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

Vagrant Story coming to PAL Playstation store

Vagrant Story is out on Friday December 22 on the PAL PlayStation store for a small €6. With no release date currently set for the United States, it's apparent that this is a small gesture of goodwill given the past "yeah we'll get to that at some point after the US" release date schedule for Japanese games in Europe.1.

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Silent Hill Shattered Memories Soundtrack a pre-order bonus through Gamestop

Anyone preordering Silent Hill: Shattered Memories through Gamestop will also grab a copy of the soundtrack. Presently I am not aware of any other legal means of obtaining the music. Hopefully there will be though, Yamaoka's latest haunting treatment of music is said to be very experimental.

Silent Hill composer leaves Konami

Akira Yamaoka confirmed he has left Konami. No word yet on what he'll end up doing, and according to Square Enix Music Online it would be likely he'll end up a freelance composer like many before him (Norihiko Hibino, Yoko Shimomura and Yasunori Mitsuda to name a few). While this might be a loss for Konami, frankly Silent Hill hasn't been the same for a while. It will no doubt do him good to go freelance and get some different work. If he ceases game composition entirely however he will be sadly missed.1

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  1. Square Enix Music Online

The content of AVP is based on some of the most innovative and iconic horror movies, and as such we wanted to create a title that was true to the source material. It is for adults, and it is bloody and frightening, that was our intent. We will not be releasing a sanitised or cut down version for territories where adults are not considered by their governments to be able to make their own entertainment choices.

Game developer Rebellion in a statement responding to their shooter Aliens vs. Predator being refused classification in Australia. 1

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  1. Kotaku

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

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