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2:40 PM on 10.02.2009

Ben Heck makes Halo 3 controller for Tucker Max movie

It's funny how you often meet people on the Internet through unusual and fleeting circumstances.  For example, weeks ago I'd heard that they were making a Tucker Max movie so I checked out the site, bracing myself for a ...

Niero Gonzalez

4:00 PM on 08.24.2009

EA: German game restricitions are censorship

Most people who aren't German politicians will tell you that Germany's reaction to so-called "killer games" is childish and ludicrous. Gamers, the gaming press and developers have all voiced dismay over Germany's tr...

Jim Sterling

10:40 AM on 08.07.2009

World of Warcraft back in China with new government changes

I'm glad my country's government doesn't give a sh*t about what I play or how long I play it. Come to think of it, I wouldn't be much of a case for "bad games" anyway, as aside from the occasional eroge (don't judge...

Dale North

7:00 AM on 07.29.2009

NPR talks about the Six Days In Fallujah controversy

If you talk to me regularly, you probably know that I'm a big fan of NPR and listen almost every day. You should too, particularly because they've been seriously discussing video games more and more in the past few months. Ye...

Jonathan Ross

8:30 PM on 06.26.2009

Australia is also banning Second Life

Australia's censorship crusade continues! Yesterday, we talked about how the Australian government was about to start censoring the Internet, and today we find out that Second Life is also about to be blocked. I think the cou...

Jim Sterling





3:40 PM on 06.25.2009

Australia censoring the Internet, blocking out M-rated games

The Australian Government has officially gone drunk with power. Not content to heavily butcher and/or outright ban videogames that don't conform to their horribly outdated MA15+ age rating cap, the Australian authorities are ...

Jim Sterling

12:00 AM on 06.21.2009

Owning RapeLay might be a federal offense

Time to start scrubbing those hard drives, kids. A recent article over at GamesPolitics suggests that owners of the controversial hentai title, RapeLay, could be found guilty of possessing child pornography in US courts.This ...

Conrad Zimmerman

12:20 PM on 06.17.2009

Left 4 Dead 2 cover art changed to appease ESRB

It's not just raging Steam boycotters that Valve has upset with the announcement of Left 4 Dead 2. According to the studio, the ESRB has also shown concern, causing Valve to edit the original cover art for the game which show...

Jim Sterling

9:00 PM on 03.26.2009

Animal Crossing censorship ENRAGES adult players

Today, we received a furious email from an incensed Animal Crossing fan, absolutely horrified by the fact that a new  update to the game has censored "bad" words. For Christina and her friend, there was no grea...

Jim Sterling

8:00 AM on 12.26.2008

Iran joins the ESRB ... what else can you really add to that?

In a bit of weird news, The Tehran Times is reporting that Iran, of all places, has joined the Entertainment Software Rating Board. You read that right -- Iran is mucking in with the ESRB. Behruz Minaii, managing director of ...

Jim Sterling

8:45 AM on 11.11.2008

Fallout 3 censored in Japan: Nuke gets nuked

For some reason, Bethesda seems to believe that Japan might have a sort of sensitivity to nuclear bombs, and as such, has made some slight edits to Fallout 3 ahead of its December Japanese release. The Power of the Atom sideq...

Jim Sterling

2:28 PM on 11.06.2008

MK vs. DC's Joker Fatality is NOT censored ... in Europe

Here's something you don't see every day. A videogame has been censored, but it's actually North America that has seen changes made, while the European version remains untouched. That game is Midway's Mortal Kombat vs. DC Uni...

Jim Sterling

4:01 AM on 09.12.2008

Dead Space producer talks censorship and the 'new' EA

IGN Australia has a pretty good interview up with Glen Schofield, executive producer on EA's much-covered sci-fi shooter Dead Space. In it, he talks about censorship, the ongoing ban discussion, and the difference between the...

Jim Sterling

10:59 AM on 09.02.2008

Bethesda frustrated by differing censorship laws

With Fallout 3 being subjected to special censorship in Australia so it may appease that country's ridiculous government, Bethesda's Pete Hines has discussed how frustrating it can be to tackle the various censorship laws aro...

Jim Sterling

12:29 AM on 06.25.2008

New York State Senate passes facepalm-worthy bill mandating videogame regulation

I tell you, I love living in New York, but sometimes, the government here does things that make me scratch my head and want to scream. Generally, it’s a pretty progressive state -- but the reactionaries that serve in th...

Samit Sarkar

10:16 AM on 04.28.2008

Captain Quasi-Obvious: Prototype edited for Australia ... and Germany

In what looks like the beginnings of a worrying trend, Radical Entertainment has said it is working hard to make sure Prototype is released in those countries currently not open-minded enough to handle violence in videogames,...

Jim Sterling