Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Aussie Gamers Denied Graffiti Game

Despite permitting countless violent first-person shooters and fighting games, the Classification Review Board has refused Marc Ecko's Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure classification in Australia based on a whole two applications (from the Attorney General and the Local Government Association of Queensland). Can't buy it, can't sell it, can't import it. What's so bad about this game? "It's likely to promote crime." It might encourage kiddies to tag!

The game
was originally rated MA15+ in November 2005 by the Office of Film & Literature Classification, and the refusal has reignited calls for an R18+ rating for games. Atomic discussion here, Ausgamers discussion here and a SMH interview (with audio) here. Hack interviews Maureen Shelley from Classification Review Board and then gives the game's creator - Mark Ecko - a right of reply.

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Posted by Dean @ 2/22/2006 12:13:00 am

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UPDATE: More at Ponderance and The Angriest.

Amazon comes to the rescue but the OFLC doesn't like it.

Posted by Blogger Dean @ Monday, February 27, 2006 9:00:00 pm #
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