View Full Version : Australian, teen, and online gaming? Consider it blocked.

Hiroshi Sotomura
June 25th, 2009, 3:46 PM
http://www.theage.com.au/digital-life/games/[css-span="display: none;"]stupid vbulletin - this will kill the URL clipper[/css-span]web-filters-to-censor-video-games-20090625-cxrx.html (http://www.theage.com.au/digital-life/games/web-filters-to-censor-video-games-20090625-cxrx.html)

Basically, the web filter will stop Australians from loading games that aren't appropriate for our age limits. If Australia can't classify it, consider it blocked - if it exceeds MA15+, consider it blocked for all adults, too.

It only brings me to want to throw out our government come next election.

Bianca Paragon
June 25th, 2009, 4:05 PM
I'd be upset...but there's maybe been less than a dozen games EVER released in English that would have needed an R18 rating here; and they're either niche titles or get slightly edited here anyway. So...I don't care s'much.

June 25th, 2009, 4:10 PM
man, our Government really needs to grow up and accept the fact that times have changed and not make every single damn thing safe for kids

June 25th, 2009, 4:14 PM
What doesn't make sense is the fact that games that they consider to be higher than MA15+ will be banned for both the audience it's considered not suitable for, AND the adults at the same time! xD What the hecks the point of even rating them if nobody can get them? Dx

June 25th, 2009, 4:18 PM
It's not so bad. You'll still have Big Rigs: Over the Road Racing (http://www.metacritic.com/games/platforms/pc/bigrigsovertheroadracing). Oh, and E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E.T._the_Extra-Terrestrial_%28video_game%29).

Seriously, though. This is absurd, especially since they said they were reconsidering the web filter (or so I heard). -10 for the Australian government treating its citizenry (and especially its parents) like misbehaving children.

Bianca Paragon
June 25th, 2009, 4:21 PM
It's also worth noting that MMO games will not be impacted by this

Exclusively online games are not submitted to the OFLC for classification.
My original question (sent to the OFLC on August 22, 2005) was answered today when the OFLC's Ron Robinson called me to discuss this topic (I sent a followup email a couple days ago after the GTA stuff jogged my memory of this ancient request).
Ron let me know that World of Warcraft was not rated by the OFLC – in fact, was never even submitted for classification – it was a "waste of time" as the game is exclusively online, exclusively multiplayer, and has no defined start and end. Thus it is inherently unclassifiable.

June 25th, 2009, 4:26 PM
So if all games were made MMO's, they wouldn't need to be checked?

June 25th, 2009, 6:35 PM
Come to America, we're trashier better.

June 25th, 2009, 7:44 PM
Do they block out proxies as well?

June 26th, 2009, 4:16 AM
Rudd is such a tool. This is part of "making the internet a better place" but somehow, it takes priority to actually upgrading our network, which they promised to do as soon as they got in.

I should be 18 by the next election. Although according to Wikipedia, they can hold it in August 2010 at the absolute earliest, which is a month before I turn 18 =/

If they axe Shoddy, they better watch their backs...

June 27th, 2009, 9:11 PM
Here is a list of censored games: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_banned_video_games
Many countries banned games because of one insane person, that is so unfair.
I will stay in North America.

June 28th, 2009, 6:05 AM
If this does actually happen, I'm leaving the country. >:O

June 28th, 2009, 10:27 AM
Get the word out. Spread the news. Rage agains the machine ;)

Captain Fabio
June 28th, 2009, 10:46 AM
I would be a rather angry gamer if I was in Australia.

I think that is taking it a bit too far. That is taking away a persons free will to decide on what they play.
The government might be thinking about how games effect us and if it can lead to crime and such.
But I think that is more of a 0.1% of people who go to the extreme. For example, killing their own parents because someone took away their game.

Personally, I think it is a bad idea and it is unfair to the people who like to unwind while playing these types of games.

I like to de-stress with a violent game, if someone is the same in Australia, and they can't de-stress that way, what other ways are they going to de-stress :/

FALLOUT 3 IS BANNED!??!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!

That is one of the most stupid things I have ever heard!

June 28th, 2009, 10:47 AM
That's pretty miserable =S I hope that doesn't happen here...

Second Coming of Jebus
July 1st, 2009, 6:26 AM
This is why I don't like Rudd.

July 1st, 2009, 7:07 AM
So wait if you are an adult you can't play the game for your age group? Wow. This is getting a bit over the top in Australia. Soon you'll tell us that they will ban alcohol in your own residence if you are over 18.

July 1st, 2009, 9:09 AM
So wait if you are an adult you can't play the game for your age group? Wow. This is getting a bit over the top in Australia. Soon you'll tell us that they will ban alcohol in your own residence if you are over 18.
It's little different from the AO rating in the US, which is essentially a death warrant for any game that hopes to be sold in retail stores.