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GTA Australia photo
GTA Australia

Take-Two: Think GTA 5 is offensive? Don't buy it


Slatoff lashes out at Australian retailers
Dec 09
// Kyle MacGregor
Take-Two Interactive boss Karl Slatoff is disappointed in the Australian retailers that recently pulled Grand Theft Auto V from shelves in response to a consumer petition. Speaking at the  BMO Capital Markets 2014 T...
Grand Theft Auto photo
Grand Theft Auto

Because Australia: Target to stop selling GTA V down under


No big surprise here
Dec 03
// Brett Makedonski
Anyone that knows anything about the videogame scene in Australia is well aware that the land down under has strict content regulations and often times outright bans titles. Yet another videogame has been deemed unfit for the...
Early Smash Bros. photo
Early Smash Bros.

Europe and Australia won't have to wait quite so long for Smash Bros. Wii U


New Zealand, too
Oct 31
// Jordan Devore
Nintendo has moved up the release of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U by one week in certain regions. While we're still set for November 21 here in the States, the game is now launching in Europe on November 28 and in Australia an...
Leave 'em laughing photo
Leave 'em laughing

Leave 'em Laughing attempts to make a game out of comedy


Are you going to die on-stage?
Oct 16
// Alasdair Duncan
Comedy ain't easy, especially in this medium, so a title that tries to game-ify creating a stand-up comedy routine sound a tad ambitious. Leave 'em Laughing from Australian developer Oscar Brittain is a mashup of adventure g...
Shovel Knight's Eurotrip photo
Shovel Knight's Eurotrip

Shovel Knight heads to Europe and Australia in November


At long last!
Oct 14
// Kyle MacGregor
Shovel Knight is finally coming to Wii U and Nintendo 3DS in Europe and Australia next month, Yacht Club Games announced today. In the meantime, backers should waltz on over to the Humble Store and redeem their "Nin...
That's not a 3DS... photo
That's not a 3DS...

New 3DS coming to Australia, New Zealand November 21


Not coming to America or Europe in 2014
Sep 24
// Steven Hansen
The first ever Australian Nintendo Direct comes with some good news. The New 3DS and New 3DS XL launch in Japan in October. We were told not to expect an international release in 2014 -- and we still shouldn't, if "we" means North America or Europe. Australia and New Zealand, however, get both new 3DS models on November 21
L4D2 uncensored photo
L4D2 uncensored

Took long enough! Left 4 Dead 2 uncensored in Australia


This is an official screenshot on Steam, by the way
Sep 15
// Jordan Devore
It's sad that Australian gamers are only now getting an uncensored version of Left 4 Dead 2, but at least we finally have some closure. After resubmitting the cooperative zombie shooter for classification, Valve is now able t...
Paradigm photo
Paradigm

Paradigm is a point-'n'-click game starring sloths and mutants


Poor mutated Paradigm is looking for love
Sep 04
// Alasdair Duncan
While adventure games are doing as well as ever, there's still not too many that hark back to the classic era games like Day of the Tentacle. They used to be really weird! Jacob Janerka's Paradigm seems to emulate that style...
Left 4 Dead 2 photo
Left 4 Dead 2

Left 4 Dead 2 on PC is finally reclassified as R18+ in Australia


Thought this was all meant to be fixed by now
Sep 02
// Alasdair Duncan
As a former Australian resident, one thing I don't miss there was the lack of an R18+ rating for videogames; despite the fact that the R18+ rating has now been introduced, there have still been cuts to games like South Park: ...
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Even Sonic would tell him to cool it
Back with more impressions from playing Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, I had some first-hand playtime with the cybernetic tough guy, Wilhelm the Enforcer, which I would like to relate to you with my mouth. Wilhelm may not be all he's cracked up to be, yet. But he's got a couple of interesting surprises.

Senran Kagura PAL release photo
Senran Kagura PAL release

Senran Kagura Bon Appétit rating suggests EU release


Australian Classification Board labels rhythm game MA 15+
Jun 30
// Kyle MacGregor
Senran Kagura: Bon Appétit is everything but confirmed for PAL territories. The PlayStation Vita cooking rhythm game was handed a MA 15+ rating from the Australian Classification Board, foreshadowin...
Pokémon 2DS photo
Pokémon 2DS

Pokémon 2DS bundles soon to populate Australian store shelves


Gotta catch 'em all, again
May 29
// Brittany Vincent
Australian gamers who have yet to pick up Pokémon X and Pokémon Y will be able to purchase one of two new Nintendo 2DS system bundles on June 26. Both bundles offer the 2DS Black + Blue system for AU$179.95, and...
South Park photo
South Park

South Park: The Stick of Truth censorship 'not that big a deal,' says Matt Stone


They got the last laugh
Mar 07
// Jordan Devore
Speaking to The Guardian about South Park: The Stick of Truth's censorship in Europe and Australia over a scene involving anal probes, series co-creator Matt Stone said "It's not that big a deal. It doesn't change things that...
The Witcher photo
The Witcher

Namco Bandai to publish The Witcher 3 in Australia


Also New Zealand
Jan 19
// Harry Monogenis
CD Projekt has announced that distribution duties for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt in Australia and New Zealand will be handled by Namco Bandai; they're also handling distribution of the upcoming RPG in Europe. I'd have thought t...
Stick of Truth photo
Stick of Truth

Anal probes and abortion kept South Park from AU rating


Censored version eventually rated R18+
Dec 22
// Wesley Ruscher
Over at IGN, three reports have been obtained detailing the difficulties Ubisoft had with securing a ratings classification for South Park: The Stick of Truth by the Australian Classifications Board, before finally ...
PAX Australia photo
PAX Australia

2014 PAX Australia tickets are up for sale


Please don't hate me for using this header
Nov 12
// Joshua Derocher
Tickets for the second year of PAX Australia are now available for purchase. Each day pass is $55 AUD, and the three day passes are $150 AUD. The 2014 show will be at the  Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre, and it will run from October 31 to November 2. How many Australians do we have reading the site? Are you guys excited? Will you ride kangaroos to the show?
Lame Game Marathon photo
Lame Game Marathon

Lame Game Marathon III is happening right now


Our Australian buddies are raising funds for UNICEF once again
Oct 25
// Alasdair Duncan
What time is it? Well if you're in Australia, it's well into Saturday the 26th and that means it's Lame Game Marathon time again, where our intrepid Australian friends are raising funds for UNICEF by playing some of the worst...
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PAX Australia returns for 2014 with new venue, dates


A Halloween show
Oct 21
// Dale North
After a successful debut (totally sold out!),  PAX Australia is set to return in 2014, now in a new venue and on a new date. The larger Melbourne Convention & Exhibition center (shown above) will now house PAX s...
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20 minutes of Titanfall for your hype pleasure


It certainly mechs for a pretty game
Oct 06
// Abel Girmay
I have to admit that despite all of the adoration and anticipation surrounding Titanfall, I haven't been feeling the hype myself. I know I'm not alone in this sentiment, but I like to believe I have been keeping my cynicism ...
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Plants Vs. Zombies 2 coming soon to Android


Soft launched in Australia and New Zealand
Oct 03
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Plants Vs. Zombies 2: It's About Time is on the way to Android devices. It's available in Australia and New Zealand as part of a soft launch, and will be available globally soon.The game will be free to download just like the...
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Bethesda opens Australia office in Sydney


They should get an office kangaroo
Oct 02
// Dale North
Bethesda Softworks announced today that they are opening a new publishing office in Sydney, Australia. The main line of work for this office is to oversee sales and marketing for both Australia and New Zealand. They say that ...
Saints Row IV Australia photo
Saints Row IV Australia

Australians rejoice: You're allowed to play Saints Row IV


And you won't become drug addicts
Aug 02
// Fraser Brown
After a ridiculous amount of faffing about, Saints Row IV has finally been deemed appropriate for adults to buy. Until now, Australian men and women were considered responsible enough to get jobs, buy homes, and get married, ...
GTA V photo
GTA V

Grand Theft Auto V has been rated R18+ in Australia


Thank goodness
Aug 01
// Jordan Devore
Following recent issues with Saints Row IV getting properly classified by the Australian Classification Board, it's something of a pleasant surprise to see that Grand Theft Auto V has moved through the process and successfull...
Saints Row IV photo
Saints Row IV

Saints Row IV still refused classification in Australia


My Aussie buddies still can't catch a break
Jul 29
// Alasdair Duncan
I thought this all got fixed but apparently Australia's ratings board still has decided to refuse classification for Saints Row IV for the second time. A conveining of a Review Board found that the original ruling by the...
PS4 vs. Xbox One photo
PS4 vs. Xbox One

Drunk Aussies weigh in on PS4 and Xbox One


THIS SOLVES EVERYTHING
Jul 22
// Tony Ponce
You heard the man, Microsoft. You must increase your porn capacity if you wish to succeed. PS4 vs Xbox One: Drunk Edition [YouTube via NeoGAF]
Dragon's Crown photo
Dragon's Crown

NIS America publishing Dragon's Crown in PAL territories


Cool dood!
Jul 13
// Kyle MacGregor
A rating for Dragon's Crown has emerged from the Australian Classification Board, indicating the PlayStation 3 and Vita title will be released in PAL territories. The listing suggests NIS America will distribute the title for...
State of Decay photo
State of Decay

State of Decay's good to go in Australia with R18+ rating


Drugs? No, they're vitamins!
Jul 12
// Brett Makedonski
The second time's a charm for Undead Labs as State of Decay was just approved by the Australian Classification Board upon being resubmitted. After failing the first go-round, the Board awarded the zombie survival simulat...
Australia photo
Australia

Revised State of Decay submitted to Australian board


Those pesky virtual 'stimulants' are gone
Jul 03
// Jordan Devore
Undead Labs has resubmitted State of Decay to the Australian Classification Board after the zombie survival game was originally refused classification for its depiction of drug use. You remember that, right? It happened short...
Saints Row 4 photo
Saints Row 4

'Low Violence Version' of Saints Row IV found on Steam


What a joke
Jul 02
// Chris Carter
Due to the fact that the Australian Classification Board decided that an Alien Anal Probe weapon was crossing the line due  "sexual violence with no justified context," (can alien technology ever really be justified, guy...
Saints Row photo
Saints Row

Saints Row IV refused classification in Australia


Volition reworking the game for the territory
Jun 25
// Jordan Devore
[Update: Kotaku has obtained a report from the Classification Board which spells out the specifics of the decision -- an Alien Anal Probe weapon and "alien narcotics" -- and led to this fine sentence: "In the Board’s op...

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