More bans from Australia,this time video games


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sterling180
August 14, 2006, 09:48 AM
Computer game Reservoir Dogs has been banned in Australia. The Australian Office of Film and Literature Classification (OFLC) refused to give the title an MA 15+ rating. The game is based on the Quentin Tarantino cult classic, and the OFLC said the decision was made on the basis that the game contained "frequent depictions of violence that have a high impact". Australia's game classification system differs from those in many other countries in that it has no adult category for games. Marc Ecko's Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure, a game about graffiti artists, was denied classification earlier this year under the rigorous scheme, after local councils and state governments asked for a review of its MA 15+ rating on the basis that playing the game might promote or incite a crime. :uhoh: :uhoh:

Not even in the anti UK has violent video games been banned.Whats wrong with their government? First semi-automatic rifles/shotguns and pump-action shotguns and now this.:confused: :eek:They even had a modified version of the UK Getaway game and the UK original version is apparently banned.

I don't see myself or other persons getting a Glock 17 and pretending to be Mark Hammond or DC Frank Carter.Basically if a person does this,then they are not right upstairs and there are strict certificates,for these "adult only games".

If a parent buys their kids an "adult game" or a video of "Playboy mansion",then its their fault not the games or the videos.

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Odd Job
August 14, 2006, 09:55 AM
The UK has banned or censored some games. The first one that comes to mind is Twisted Metal Black. They said the cut scenes were too graphic and so the UK version has edited or non-existing cut scnes (PS2). The US version is original.
IIRC they also banned Manhunt here in the UK several weeks after it was released because some juveniles got up to no good and their mother found that that was the last game they had been playing. The game was originally rated 18 and the juveniles playing it were under that age. In fact, I can't recall whether the victim or the perpetrator had the game.

It's a wonder the UK hasn't banned shooting games such as Time Crisis (those need lightguns).

sterling180
August 14, 2006, 09:58 AM
IIRC they also banned Manhunt here in the UK several weeks after it was released because some juveniles got up to no good and their mother found that that was the last game they had been playing.

I heard from a friend who worked for Game that the ban was overturned in some areas.By the way oddjob,I am mentioning game censorship in Australia,because their censors are somewhat more draconian than ours-for some reason.

HankB
August 14, 2006, 09:58 AM
Have they established penalties for possession of "banned" video games, the way the USA has for possession of kiddie porn?

Have they established an "X-Box Police Investigatory & Enforcement Unit" to search out those who possess these dastardly items of software?

sterling180
August 14, 2006, 10:02 AM
Have they established penalties for possession of "banned" video games, the way the USA has for possession of kiddie porn?

Have they established an "X-Box Police Investigatory & Enforcement Unit" to search out those who possess these dastardly items of software?

I don't know Hank,they might have done so,considering their stupid video game controls.

sterling180
August 14, 2006, 10:08 AM
This will make you all laugh.This guy at my Learn Direct Centre (who is its centre manager.) is called Adam and he is a great fan of the hitman series.I asked him if he liked Hitmans Colt .45 pistols and if he would have shot them,before the ban in 1997.He told me:"No I wouldn't and that I,you or any member of the general public,don't need them.Do you need a Colt automatic or revolver,to shoot with then? I said:"For target-shooting" and he said:"You don't need it,if you want a gun,use an airgun-for your target-shooting needs.

Odd Job
August 14, 2006, 10:11 AM
@ Sterling

If Phil Willis gets his way, that game will be banned here too.

http://www.tmcnet.com/usubmit/-mp-call-block-uk-release-reservoir-dogs-video-/2006/08/07/1777996.htm

I've heard that airgun argument many a time too. I seem to get even more arched eyebrows when they hear my South African accent in a discussion about handguns :rolleyes:

sterling180
August 14, 2006, 10:20 AM
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DC Frank Carter,doing what he is paid to do-busting gangsters and bank robbers.Next the censors will prohibit cops in video games,from carrying guns.Good recruitment picture for the Metropolitan police force.;)

This picture will encourage kids to buy "illegal handguns" and gun crime will increase. An advertisment for Glock 17s

HankB
August 14, 2006, 11:28 AM
Next the censors will prohibit cops in video games,from carrying guns.Wouldn't surprise me at all . . . note that Hollywood blissninnies used electronic editing to remove guns from agent's hands in the re-release of "E.T. The Extraterrestrial" and from Angelina Jolie's hands in commercials for one of the "Tomb Raider" movies. Wait - just wait - until someone gets the bright idea to use pattern recognition software in Windows 2010 which will automatically do the same to old, pre-ban video games.

G36-UK
August 14, 2006, 02:36 PM
One thing I never got is that the people like MediaWatch are vocal about condemning games, but when they make a mistake, they're not so vocal about apologising.

Case in point: A kid robbed his friend after caving in his skull with a claw hammer. Media reports mentioned the game Manhunt.

MediaWatch sends out a press release saying "We're right! Ban this game NOW! We're on a moral crusade, and we don't want any sane people stopping it!"

Jack Thompson goes on about "Sociopaths in Edinburgh sippin' single malt Whiskies", a reference to Rockstar Games.

Police Point out that the murderer never owned the game, it was found in the victim's room. A judge even states that the blame for the murder rests only on the boy.

Did MediaWatch apologise? Did they Bo**ocks.

It's people like MediaWatch and Jack Thompson, people who condemn the games without even knowing what they're talking about, people who say the makers should be jailed, they're the problem. They're the ones with the mental problems.

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