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7:00 PM on 09.21.2012

Lame Game Marathon 2 is a go!

A few weeks ago, we let you know about the second Lame Game Marathon being hosted by our Australian buddies in which three intrepid gamers will play some of the worst games imaginable all for raising money for charity. The t...

Alasdair Duncan

4:44 PM on 08.31.2012

PAX Australia and four-day PAX Prime announced

Two big bits of PAX-related news have just emanated from Seattle. As PAX Prime kicks off today, it's been revealed that next year's event will last not three but four days long. Not only that, but PAX is going international w...

Jim Sterling

10:00 PM on 08.22.2012

Lame Game Marathon 2 announced for September 22

If you cast your minds back to about a year ago, you may remember some of our Australian friends held the Lame Game Marathon, a 24-hour live event where some of the worst videogames ever were played to raise money for the hu...

Alasdair Duncan

1:30 PM on 08.22.2012

Fall of Cybertron PC won't come to Australia

In Australia, Transformers: Fall of Cybertron will not be getting a PC release. Aussie gamers will instead have to stick with consoles, nothing at all, or Plan B.  When PC Gamer asked Activision for a reason, it got a very abrupt, "No info. It's just not available."  Well, that sucks for Australian PC gamers. Still, they've gotta be getting used to these regular screwjobs by now.

Jim Sterling

2:30 PM on 08.06.2012

Police commissioner: Games cause knife crime

A New South Wales police commissioner has blamed videogames for knife crime in Australia, claiming that games incentivize murder, vehicular damage, and rape.  "How can it not affect you if you’re a young adolescent...

Jim Sterling

5:05 PM on 06.18.2012

The DTOID Show: Bring on the uncensored violence!

That's right, folks - I'm back in the studio after a week-long vacation, and I've got my party shoes on! You know, the orthopaedic ones with extra arch support? (I have fragile bones.) Anyway, on today's show, we've got a tr...

Tara Long







R18+ age rating for games approved in Australia! photo
R18+ age rating for games approved in Australia!
by Jim Sterling

Ladies and gentlemen, it finally happened! After years of censorship and outright bans, Australia has finally approved an R18+ age rating for videogames, allowing adults to choose their own entertainment. 

"The R 18+ category will inform consumers, parents and retailers about which games are not suitable for minors to play, and will prevent minors from purchasing unsuitable material," said home affairs minister Jason Clare, announcing the move. "The reforms also mean that adults are able to choose what games they play within the bounds of the law."

Before now, the oldest age attached to a game rating was fifteen, meaning that a lot of games suitable for adults were edited or refused classification. This new rating is to be made flesh next year, and will hopefully allow a wider variety of games to hit shelves. That's the hope, anyway -- individual states need to approve and adopt the ruling, but it is a very good start!

Personal choice! It smells nice this morning.

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9:15 AM on 06.13.2012

Aussie console gamers overcharged for Battlefield Premium

Electronic Arts has done what Electronic Arts does best and caused an outrage after trying to make more money than it should. Australian users were furious to see Battlefield Premium listed for $49.99 AU across all platforms,...

Jim Sterling

12:30 PM on 05.01.2012

Jimquisition: Better Does Not Mean Good

Things in the game industry could be worse. We could all be living in the 80s, or we could be in Australia, beset by high prices and restricted ratings. We could also have no arms. We could have porcelain eyes. We could be k...

Jim Sterling

11:00 AM on 04.27.2012

The Walking Dead game won't be shambling to Australia

Every time a giant zombie horde appears in The Walking Dead, my wife can't help herself when quoting "every day I'm shamba-lin'", sometimes with zombie arm motions to boot. I'm a lucky man. But not everyone in the world can b...

Chris Carter

8:00 AM on 12.20.2011

New Syndicate game banned in Australia (surprise!)

In news that should shock nobody by now, Starbreeze's upcoming Syndicate reboot has been refused classification in Australia, making it illegal to sell in the country. The game's violent content has been cited as the reason, ...

Jim Sterling

3:45 PM on 12.02.2011

Kid Icarus as a 3D Classic for 3DS, coming west

Australia's Classification Board rated the NES game Kid Icarus as a 3D Classic title for 3DS. So it's coming to the west for sure. Need more proof? Nintendo Europe confirms the release in a pretty great way. They'll give it o...

Dale North

11:00 AM on 11.28.2011

L.A. Noire director's next game is Whore of the Orient

L.A. Noire writer/director Brendan McNamara is getting back on the saddle following Team Bondi's demise, putting together a brand new game with a rather flavorful title. It's called Whore of the Orient, and word of its d...

Jim Sterling

5:30 PM on 11.09.2011

The Simpsons Arcade likely coming to consoles

The Simpsons arcade game is considered by many to be a true beat 'em up classic, and while most of that is due to blind nostalgia, it's still a neat little button masher. Sadly, it's never come to consoles, but the Australian...

Jim Sterling

3:45 PM on 10.21.2011

EB Games Expo 2011: The booth babes

On some levels, I don't really understand why booth babes exist. Sure, I get the whole 'sex sells' angle but I'm positive if I ever spoke to a booth babe, she probably wouldn't be able to tell me just how many Dark Brotherhoo...

David Rayfield

2:45 PM on 10.21.2011

EB Games Expo 2011: A little hope for the future

This past weekend, Australia's Gold Coast played host to the first, fully dedicated video game show the country has ever seen. Before the EB Games Expo branched out from a vendor-only trade show to open its doors to the public, there was only the vague mention or damp corner of videogames at pop culture conventions or tabletop gaming shows. 

David Rayfield