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.
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
I know itâ€™s not good news for local on Xbox 360 but I am honestly glad that Sega is finally taking a stand against the archaic censorship in Germany and maybe Australia as well.
Sega have decided that itâ€™s not even worth attempting to release their upcoming Aliens vs Predator in Germany due to the high levels of violence and the subsequent cost of cleansing the game for the innocent Germans.
Which does then mean that any Xbox DLC that may come along will be blocked locally but if more companies started to do this then maybe the Germans will rise up again, just this time against themselves, and sort their censorship board out.
According to the source Sega will still submit it to the Ozzie board as they donâ€™t need to translate the language before doing so and therefore canâ€™t really lose out.
As you most probably know all games that portray Nazi symbolism have to go through a cleansing process before they are allowed to be released in Germany, apparently the Germans donâ€™t like to be reminded of their not so glorious past.
Anyway the big news this morning is that a few swastikas were missed in the Wolfenstein cleanse and as such the game has been pulled from shelves in Germany and Activision are busy doing the numbers now to see if it will be re-patched and re-released.
When I think of censorship I think of evil regimes dictating their idiotic policies to a mass of ignorant followers, so in other words I donâ€™t like it.
However Brutal Legend has added the ability to self censor itself which is great news for gaming parents everywhere.
Instead of a standard menu interface to decide on whether to censor naughty words and blood an guts the settings are actually in game with Eddie interacting with another character.