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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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9:00 AM on 03.28.2012

ESRB censors the red on Risen 2 box art

The ESRB has made Deep Silver remove a red stain from Risen 2: Dark Waters' box art. This stain will go from red to turquoise, owing to the North American rating board's stance on cover imagery that could represent blood.&nbs...

Jim Sterling

9:00 AM on 02.07.2012

Lollipop Chainsaw will be censored in Japan

Apparently Lollipop Chainsaw is getting the censorship treatment in Japan...unless you're willing to buy the premium version of the game. Two different versions of Suda 51's latest will be released in order to tone down the g...

Chris Carter

12:30 PM on 02.03.2012

Twisted Metal delayed and censored in Europe

Twisted Metal is suffering a few localization problems, resulting in the car-on-car violence being delayed in Europe. The game is now due out in March for PAL gamers, although a solid release date is yet to be confirmed. ...

Jim Sterling

6:15 PM on 01.31.2012

Some German politicians want their own version of SOPA

Members of the Christian Democratic Union and Christian Social Union, which form one of the ruling parties in the German government right now, like SOPA so much that they want their own version of it for Germany. While they a...

Sven Wohl



Microsoft retracts support for SOPA via BSA photo
Microsoft retracts support for SOPA via BSA
by Jim Sterling

SOPA -- the online piracy bill that threatens to censor the Internet -- has earned the support of a number of game companies, including Nintendo, Sony and Electronic Arts. One publisher quietly supporting the bill was Microsoft, via to its association with the Business Software Alliance. Well ... not anymore. 

In a rather embarrassing (for SOPA) U-turn, the BSA has retracted its support for this slimy legislation, admitting that valid questions had been raised about the bill and that it needed more work. This is a significant step back from its initial reaction, having "commended" SOPA as a "good step" in the fight against piracy. 

This helps solidify my theory that many of the publishers supporting SOPA don't actually know what they're backing. I reckon many companies simply saw the word "piracy" and attached their name to the bill without thinking. Such companies, especially game publishers, don't seem to know how crippling blogs and video services would serve to harm their own interests in the long run. It would appear that the penny finally dropped for the BSA, presumably after re-examining SOPA and realizing it's been drafted by an insane Texan who doesn't understand what he's gibbering about.

So there you go. Some positive news. Now we just need Sony, Nintendo and EA to evaluate their positions more carefully as well. 

Microsoft quietly opposes SOPA copyright bill [Cnet]

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3:45 PM on 11.21.2011

The Jimquisition: Sony, Nintendo, EA and SOPA

The Stop Online Piracy Act may sound innocuous, but it's a nasty little proposition that gives corporations uncontested rights to control what you enjoy on the Internet. Naturally, being a horrible thing, EA can't wait to cl...

Jim Sterling

8:40 AM on 11.11.2011

Japan asks Saints Row 3 to remove veins from its dick

The Japanese version of Saints Row: The Third is going to be slightly censored after authorities expressed concern over the "Penetrator" melee weapon. For those not up on their innuendo, the penetrator is the giant purple dil...

Jim Sterling

1:00 PM on 10.29.2011

Guess which games were banned in Germany in October

When it comes to banning videogames or at least restricting their sales, there just is no country quite like Germany! There are several lists to take into consideration, so I'll try to make things simple and clear for you, de...

Sven Wohl

2:45 PM on 08.31.2011

DOOM and DOOM 2 are no longer pornography in Germany

Today is a very special day, for it is the day that Germans are legally allowed to buy DOOM and DOOM 2 in common high street stores. The two games were previously filed under Media Harmful to Young Persons, which placed ...

Jim Sterling

11:30 AM on 08.24.2011

House Of The Dead: Overkill Extended Cut banned in Aus

The new version of SEGA's lightgun zombie shooter House Of The Dead: Overkill has been refused classification in Australia, effectively banning it from sale. "A game banned in Australia? Is it lunch time already?" is probably...

David Rayfield

11:00 PM on 08.11.2011

All Australian Attorneys General now support R18+

It's been a rough week for the Australian video game industry but fortunately, it's not all bad news. In an unprecedented move, every single Attorney General from all states in Australia have now put their support behind an R...

David Rayfield

4:00 AM on 08.11.2011

Heavy Rain goes light on violence and nudity for France

Heavy Rain is getting a new, re-edited version for the French market called Heavy Rain – Version Modifiée. This is now the third version of the title, after the release of last year's version with Move support. T...

Sven Wohl

6:15 PM on 08.09.2011

Deus Ex getting edits, bonuses for Japanese release

Deus Ex: Human Revolution might not be a Japanese game, but sure as hell it's coming to Japan, if Square Enix has anything to say about it. However, it won't be entering the country unscathed. Its content ...

Josh Tolentino

9:15 PM on 06.27.2011

New Destructoid Episode: Hacks, PAX, Mercs, and Freedom!

Hey dudes, whacky awesome exciting news today. First, hacker group LulzSec gave one last hurrah before saying the voyage of their LulzBoat had come to an end. Or something, I don't even know. Second, the United States Suprem...

Max Scoville

10:00 AM on 05.04.2011

Witcher 2 edits out sexual favors for Australian release

Thanks to Australia's namby-pamby rating system, The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings will be released with a minor edit for those residing in the country that gave us Prisoner: Cell Block H.  "The modification was a small ...

Jim Sterling