I love being a South African. Our food is magnificent, our various cultures kick ass and we’ve got a climate that other nations can only dream about. We’ve also got a certain level of freedom to express ourselves, a basic right that was fought for decades ago in a hard battle. And what better tool to use, than the internet. Not only have we got a great level of press freedom, we’ve also got a responsible press environment that has taken full advantage of the world wide web. And of course, that freedom is once again under threat.
Getting on the AppStore is a very tricky thing to do. Apple has some strict guidelines on what they will and won’t allow on their store, which is good and bad in a few ways. While the AppStore is nowhere near the mess that Android’s PlayStore is, Apple sometimes goes a bit nutty and bans titles for no apparent logical reason. For example, having guns depicted in screenshots for your shooter, which is now not allowed by some brand new standards.
Yesterday the Twitch community was up in arms over some of the changes that had been introduced to Twitch. The main complaint fell on the website’s new system to censor unauthorised music in archived videos, which was muting 30 minute blocks of footage at a time. Twitch are listening, and they’re already planning to changes some things back.
Oh good, the Australian Federal Government has realised that the way we classify games in Australia is really stupid and antiquated - so they’ve taken recommendations from the Interactive Games and Entertainment Association and the Australian Law Reform Commission to take steps to a more streamlined and considering approach.
I am so, so ready for South Park: The Stick of Truth. Darryn raved about all the awesomeness in the game, and as a die hard South Park fan I simply have to play the game. However, some of my poor German friends will not be able to play it on Friday.
There are many things I wouldn’t mind being censored in GTA V to be honest; the over-abundance of the word "nigger" seriously gets to me after a while and raspberry jam is something that still disturbs me more than it should.
This is a sad day for all of us who loved making fun of the Australian censors but at the same time it’s a great day for any gamers who actually live in Australia.
One of the most exciting things about getting official Xbox Live status in South Africa is that we were no longer going to be punished online by the archaic censorship board in Germany.
Previously we couldnâ€™t download any Gears updates because they were banned in Germany which meant they were also banned in all non Xbox Live endorsed countries so it isnâ€™t without a little arrogance that I was looking forward to playing and downloading updates in Gears 3 after itâ€™s release.
Alright local, South African gamer: whenever you feel slightly inclined to moan about our government, spare a thought for countries like Australia and Germany, which are governed by overtly sensitive nannies who feel it their duty to protect the populace from the horrors of videogames. At least our government is too busy worrying about lining their own pockets or gagging Youth League presidents to acknowledge games are even sold here. Whew! The latest game to suffer at the hands of the German censorship board of fascist know-it-alls (or should that be â€œno-it-allsâ€? Homonym LOL!) Â is Call of Duty: Black Ops. Treyarchâ€™s newest entry into the enduring and madly popular COD series has had to be censored, cut and snipped in areas so as to make sure it doesnâ€™t offend the sensitive masses.
China, continuing its run of autocratic censorship has now banned â€“ and tears are streaming down my face as I write this â€“ vulgar and explicit material for use in online advertising. Sex and violence â€“ as we know â€“ sell things, but it looks as if theyâ€™ll no longer be used to sell online games in China.
Chinaâ€™s Ministry of Culture has made it so that boobs can now longer be used to advertise popular online games like Dahua Xuanyuan, Evony, Kingory and the like.
You may recall a few weeks back we asked for some submissions for my sister, who lectures a Criminology class, and her upcoming videogame debate. The idea behind the debate was to discuss whether or not violent videogames themselves were responsible for violent behaviour and whether we should be censoring them or restricting their sales.
The results are in and both sides of the group agreed that violent videogames do not cause crimeâ€¦ however the pro-censorship group did feel that if a person is predisposed to crime then videogames may influence them to react in a violent manner. As a society we deserve to be protected from the 1%-2% of people affected by violent games.
There is a news story doing the rounds at the moment about the infamous South Australian Attorney General, Michael Atkinson, stating that gamers are scarier than bikie gangs.
Apparently a gamer, or possibly 2, have slipped death threats under his door at 2am because he wonâ€™t change his stance on allowing R18+ games to be sold in Australia.
Coincidentally he has previously said that if gamers continue to threaten him he will never allow R18+ games to be sold in Australia.
If Nick and Geoff (and the rest of the Internet) are to be believed then Mass Effect 2 is one of the best gaming experiences of all time. We will have our official review up soon but I think itâ€™s safe to say that the game is going to score very well indeed.
However one slightly depraved Internet individual has picked up that there is a distinct lack of side boob in ME2 compared to that scene in the original.
Stanley Woo has quickly hit back at the subtle claims of bowing to the man, and he is being pretty forceful about it. According to Stanley