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Ka-pi96 said:
Shadow1980 said:
This is why you don't let the government run the ratings boards. Rating systems should be voluntary industry bodies, with the ratings not having the force of law behind them.

hmm, I disagree with that. They should have the law behind them to actually make it illegal for shops to sell games to underage kids, but there should also be an 18+ rating which allows anything and everything since only adults would be allowed to buy it anyway.

I disagree. Making it illegal would be redundant and a waste of tax dollars considering no home console will license an AO or 18+ game (and banning digital PC games is an absolute joke). The gaming industry self-regulates specifically to avoid government interference.



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Azuren said:
Ka-pi96 said:

hmm, I disagree with that. They should have the law behind them to actually make it illegal for shops to sell games to underage kids, but there should also be an 18+ rating which allows anything and everything since only adults would be allowed to buy it anyway.

I disagree. Making it illegal would be redundant and a waste of tax dollars considering no home console will license an AO or 18+ game (and banning digital PC games is an absolute joke). The gaming industry self-regulates specifically to avoid government interference.

You think it should be legal for shops to sell 18+ games to kids? Why even bother having ratings then?



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AlfredoTurkey said:
Ka-pi96 said:

Yeah, restrictions for kids buying games only. What the parents let their kids play is up to them, but the kids shouldn't be able to play adult rated games without the parents getting them those games.

I think you missed the point. They are trying to prevent bad parents from being bad parents. They're taking the steps to ensure that bad parents can't let their kids play these games. 

What about the people who aren't kids? Why should they be prevented from playing these games?

And what about other things that portray drugs such as movies or music? Should they be banned too?



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Ka-pi96 said:
Azuren said:

I disagree. Making it illegal would be redundant and a waste of tax dollars considering no home console will license an AO or 18+ game (and banning digital PC games is an absolute joke). The gaming industry self-regulates specifically to avoid government interference.

You think it should be legal for shops to sell 18+ games to kids? Why even bother having ratings then?

I'm saying it doesn't need to be illegal because it's already regulated with penalties that include loss of job and fines. Adding the government to that would break it.



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Ooof. I am slightly worried for TLOU2 when it comes to the board for assessment, especially considering the graphic nature of the E3 demo.
So tough
On the other hand I don't live in Australia so tough 😁



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I thought that this game was about legal (in fact, compulsory) drug use? The subtext of the game is surely about things such as Prozac and Ritalin ... seems like a bizarre decision from the censors in Australia to me.



Meh, change your location settings buy it from the US, UK.... Anywhere store. Simple workaround.



Nautilus said:
Heh, the Australians are way too insensitive when it comes to gaming.Its going to hurt sales there but whoever lives there that really wants to play such game will find a way to buy it, be it through a trip or simply buying a digital version on another region store.

It's got nothing to do with us Australian's being way to sensitive we where the first country to show full frontal nudity on prime time TV that left 4 dead article is 9 years old and was at a time where the attorney general of one state South Australia was stopping a nationwide 18R certificate for games when he was thrown out of office we got one.



Azzanation said:

We Happy Few

After 2018 E3 presentation, it reignited my excitement for this little Indie game We Happy Few, it seems to have failed the Australian Classifications board. This game wont release in Australia because of its.. Drug use.

"AUSTRALIA’S Classification Board has decided no one in the country will ever be able to play this video game because of its nefarious themes."   

https://www.news.com.au/technology/home-entertainment/gaming/why-we-happy-few-has-been-denied-release-in-australia-after-being-deemed-too-explicit/news-story/61963f63a873852305532f95d3022ea8

 

(Other popular games that have been banned in Australia have been Left 4 Dead 2 mentioned below and Hatred on Steam.)

 

Left 4 Dead 2 

Here are the reasons why L4D2 was banned 

* The game contains violence that is high in impact and is therefore unsuitable for persons aged under 18 to play.

* It notes that this violence is "inflicted upon ‘the Infected' who are living humans infected with a rabies-like virus that causes them to act violently."

* The report singles out the use of melee weapons as those that "inflict the most damage" and cause "copious amounts of blood spray and splatter (sic), decapitations and limb dismemberment… or even cause intestines to spill from the wounds."

* In conclusion, the Board finds that the "interactive nature of the game increases the overall impact of the frequent and intense depictions of violence. This coupled with the graphic depictions of blood and gore combine to create a playing impact which is high."

* Interestingly, the report also reveals that it wasn't a unanimous decision and that "a minority of the Board is of the opinion that the violence is strong in playing impact and therefore warrants an MA15+ classification" instead. However, the majority voted to refuse classification.

https://kotaku.com/5361301/left-4-dead-2-banned-in-australia-update?IR=T

 

If you are looking forward to playing violent video games in Australia, think again, the board tends to pick and choose what they consider too violent for adults over the age of 18. 

Your left 4 dead article is 9 fucking years old ,we have an 18 R game certificate only one state attorney general was holding back that national  certificate and when he was thrown out we got a unanimous vote by all states and territories .



ironmanDX said:
Meh, change your location settings buy it from the US, UK.... Anywhere store. Simple workaround.

Thats how i manage to pick up L4D2 R18+ version instead of the butchered MA15+ sad state of a game that released.

Unfortunately Steam and MS are already attempting stopping the region changing method. I tried with Hatred on Steam and it failed.