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Censorship

The mostly government-imposed limitation of speech and images, especially concerning violence and sexuality depicted in videogames.

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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

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

There are far worse titles currently available in the marketplace which involve more than shooting down mutants in humorous circumstances. We will do everything we can to prove that House of the Dead: Overkill is worthy of an MA15+ rating in Australia.

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The introduction of an R18+ classification for computer games will provide better advice to parents and help prevent children and teenagers from accessing unsuitable material. Once introduced, the new classification will also afford adults the opportunity to view material designed for adults. It is a credit to all jurisdictions that the meeting has now been able to achieve agreement over what is a complex matter in classification policy.

Australian Minister for Home Affairs, Justice, Privacy & Freedom of Information Brendan O'Connor in a federal government press release after New South Wales became the final jurisdiction to give in-principle support to an adult's only rating for video games

A typical video game involves a significant amount of physical activity. ... And pushing buttons that achieve an interactive, virtual form of target practice, while containing an expressive component, is not just like watching a typical movie.

Justice Stephen Breyer, dissenting in a 7-2 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that declared videogames, like movies, music and books, are protected under the First Amendment right to free speech.1

Notes
  1. Supreme Court Decision: The Dissenters' Side (Gamasutra)

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