Left 4 Dead 2 Ban-Hammered In Australia

17 09 2009

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That’s right you heard it right Aussie gamers. We will not be getting Left 4 Dead 2 in Australia as it has been refused classification by the Classifications Board this week.
The report on the game said it contained “”realistic, frenetic and unrelenting violence” and therefore was refused classification, as the current classification system Australia does not have an R18+ rating for computer games similar to that for movies.

Early reports the games’ success is going to be huge in Australia and the rest of the world.

It’s a shame really instead of gamers buying a game locally in Australia and spending their money here they’ll just resort to a) importing overseas, b) pirating the game or c) just not play it at all.

This issue has once again put into the limelight that Australia still does not have an R18+ rating and that the classification system is in much need of reform. This is not an old issue though as there has been attempts at introducing an R18+ rating for games in Australia with all Attorney Generals of each of the states agreeing, except for Michael Atkinson an attorney general from South Australia who voted against.

Currently he is the only one preventing a new rating system being implemented, according to him he is ‘protecting the children’ from being exposed to such material. But wait! I though it was up to the parents to monitor what their children are viewing, but then I guess it’s just easier to blame the developers when you find out your kid is playing a violent game instead of looking at the big fat red sticker on the game box.
Why raise your children when the government can do it for you?

I for one had strict parents who didn’t even let me watch movies or play games they considered were not suitable for me that was until I hit 15 which then I was allowed the freedom to watch/play most games and movies barring buying porn (but that’s what the internet is there for right?).
It’s not very hard to see what games your kids are playing as being a parent means you have absolute control, monitoring what content passes through your house hold and the simple act of reading the rating does help somewhat when you’re buying computer games for your kids hell I was asked to be accompanied by my dad back then when I tried to buy Fallout Tactics which had an MA15+ rating.

Anyway I’d say write polite complains to the Classification Board to protest their decision might help sway their decision but writing to or estimed Michael Atkinson would just result in typical political spin.

Electronic Arts(EA) the distributor for Australia is still working with the classification board to resolve this issue and it will be allowed to be sold in Australia in its pure undiluted form like F.E.A.R 2: Project Origin which had a similar story but having its’ ban lifted.
Instead of a gimped release in the case of Fallout 3.

Although I do enjoy living in Australia and enjoy its’ many freedoms, I have to say it is akin to living in a country town: nice to living in but not modern.

Edit: After a bit of digging around on the internet Atkinson apparently posted a letter to the editor for the Adelaide Advertiser about the very subject of video game censorship in Australia only to be later rebutted by a gentlemen of  57 years of age; Terry O’Shanassy. The rebuttal was done  in such a fashion that Atkinson very much got ‘owned’.

Source News.com.au





Best Interviewee Ever

22 05 2009

A man was shot twice in Kings Cross.
9RAW interviews some witnesses.

Listen to the chick they interview as she impersonates the two men who were bickering with each other before one of them was shot.

Pure gold.





Snakes On A [Qantas] Plane

16 04 2009

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Just in this morning, a Qantas flight was grounded in Melbourn because four snakes had gotten loose from their container.
The snakes were four in a shipment of twelve non-venomous baby Stimson pythons, the snakes were packaged properly in a calico styrofoam bay with air holes. Their disappearance was discovered when Australia Air Express noticed that four of the snakes were missing from their container.

The aircraft was later fumigated, two flights were cancelled while Qantas staff searched for the snakes and passengers were put onto other flights.
It is still not known how the snakes managed to escape their containers as they were placed in appropriate packaging, there will be no investigations as to how the snakes escaped.

The plane was returned to service the following morning.

Sourced from News.com.au
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Australia To See Electric Cars?

9 04 2009

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Recently the Australian government has given the okay for an electric car designed, and manufactured in Japan by Mitsubishi to be introduced to Aussie roads after it passed 83 safety requirements.

The car can apparently travel 160km at speeds of up to 130km/h at full pelt.

The introduction of this car is in response to the increasing problem of smog in Australia cities, according to Transport Minister Anthony Albanese:

“Given that 85 per cent of Australians drive less than 100km a day, this vehicle would suit the lifestyles of most in our community…”

So obviously this vehicle will be targeted at the people living in the urban sprawls of Australia, and not at people who live in the country. Although there is no infrastructure for electric cars to charge just yet the vehicle can be plugged into household supplies.

The government has stated that this particular car is purely a commercial venture by Mitsubishi and has no extra government incentives.

Production for this car will be in full swing in Japan as early as June for their domestic market. But don’t be rushing out to your Mitsubishi dealer just yet approval to sell the car in Australia has yet to be Okayed.

I find the prospect of a clean urban center quite appealing with little electric cars running around. But on a serious note the idea of an electric car is badly flawed as you’re not dumping CO2 into the atmosphere; but you’re putting more demand on power plants so in the end you still contribute to the problem of climate change anyway.
The problem is worse in Australia’s case as most of our power comes from good old fashioned Coal so instead of pumping out petrol fumes, we’re getting the power plants to burn more coal.

I’m not sure what sort of batteries Mitsubishi plan to use in their car but if they end up using lead acid batteries it’ll end up being worse for the environment than a normal 4 banger.

I’ll bet the greenies will be all over this car driving around in their electric cars, feeling guilt free because they’re not polluting while driving around. The old expression ‘Out of Sight, out of Mind’ truely applies here with people feeling guilt free in their electric cars without noticing the fact that we’ve got coal power plants working harder and burning more coal.

So until we get a decent number of nuclear power plants to replace the coal ones, and battery life of the car will last more than one charge  or fuel cell cars become mainstream.
I’ll stick with my petrol fueled 2001 Holden Vectra thanks.

Sourced From News.com.au
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