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.





Go Get Metal I’ll Watch Your Strike Fighter

23 04 2009

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Recently, computer crackers have broken in the the Pentagon’s $300 Billion Joint Strike Fighter project – The DOD’s costliest weapons development project to date.

The Air Force is apparently aware of similar compromises relating to their air-traffic-control system in the past few months. According to officials the culprits were able to leech several terabytes of data relating to design and electronic systems of the aircraft, which could possibly make the aircraft easier to defend against.

This recent breach is new evidence in a battle between the US and its adversaries over the data-networks that link the world together. This is again highlighted by computers used to control electrical-distribution in the United States being compromised, along with many other infrastructure networks that have already been infiltrated by spies.

According to a former official the Wall Street Journal interviewed, these attacks on the US have been increasing in the past six months.|
So far it is not known how much damage this breach has caused to the JSF project, nor has the identities of the intruders been discovered.

The intruders where able to download a fair amount of data about the aircraft but were not able to access the more sensitive information kept on networks without internet access.

Former U.S officials have their suspicions that the attack originated from China. However being able to determine the true origin of the attack would be extremely difficult.

Though suspicions are rife as China has been improving on its online-warfare techniques to help compensate for its underdeveloped armed forces.

Although the Chinese Embassy has issued a statement stating that it “opposes and forbids all forms of cyber crimes”. It accuses the Pentagon of having a Cold War mentality and that the Pentagon has intentionally fabricated this story to make China’s image more threatening than it actually is.

These although important information was not stolen U.S intelligence officials are worried that whoever is breaking in are mapping the U.S’s computer networks and it could get to the point where pilots can’t trust their own radar.

This case also highlight’s Australia’s own problem with potential crackers wanting in on government secretes.
According to The Australia Mr Rudd and his travelling party whilst on a visit to China was under repeated attacks attempting to infiltrate prime ministerial email and mobile phone communications.

Sourced From The Wall Street Journal
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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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