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9:00 PM on 07.29.2013

Saints Row IV still refused classification in Australia

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...

Alasdair Duncan


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9:00 PM on 07.10.2013

It looks like China may finally lift the game console ban

The sale of videogame consoles have been banned in China for 13 years now, but it looks like that's all about to change according to South China Morning Post. The catch? Companies like Sony, Nintendo, and Microsoft must manuf...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

8:00 AM on 06.17.2013

Xbox Live bans won't kill your Xbox One game library

As if to further demonstrate how Microsoft lacks any sort of unity in its Xbox One message, the company's online support recently led everybody to believe that the Xbox One's DRM strategy could strip gamers of their purchases...

Jim Sterling

9:00 PM on 01.28.2013

Rumor: China might consider lifting ban on game consoles

For those of us so embedded in gaming and the surrounding culture, it can be difficult to imagine what a governmental ban on game consoles would look like in practice. Gamers living in China don't have to imagine, however -- ...

Jordan Devore

10:00 PM on 01.21.2013

Riot bans two more 'toxic' pro League of Legends players

You would be forgiven for thinking that the very public example of professional League of Legends player IWillDominate getting banned due to unruly behavior would have made people think twice before repeating history. Not so:...

Jordan Devore



'Gun violent' videogames removed from MA truck stops photo
'Gun violent' videogames removed from MA truck stops
by Jonathan Holmes

My original plan for today was to head out to Connecticut to talk to residents of Southington about their initiative to destroy violent videogames. That event was canceled. So one ridiculous sidestepping of the real issues in our society taken off the docket, right? Wrong.

Just like the Hydra, cutting off one head results in two growing in its place. Now the town of Melrose, Massachusetts, is planning on doing its own "dump a violent videogame for coupons" drive, and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation has banned some gun-related videogames from highway rest stops, including Time Crisis and Beachhead 2000.

Haven't any of these goofballs read Grand Theft Childhood?

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8:00 AM on 12.17.2012

Microsoft investigating wave of undue Halo 4 perma-bans

A number of players are apparently finding themselves banned from Halo 4 online play after purchasing the latest downloadable content. Microsoft has acknowledged the issue and is currently investigating.  "We are not per...

Jim Sterling

4:15 PM on 11.06.2012

Halo 4 will NOT be issuing special XBL bans for sexism

Last week, Halo 4 was at the center of a brouhaha with word that sexist behavior in Halo 4 online play would net the user a lifetime ban. While some folks applauded the measure, others asked why homophobic and racist activity...

Jim Sterling

11:30 AM on 11.02.2012

Online sexism in Halo 4 will earn you a lifetime ban

The Halo series has a reputation for hosting some, let's say, "spirited" language from its millions of players, as trash talk and associated slurs have become a big part of the experience. 343 Industries, however, isn't parti...

Jim Sterling

11:00 AM on 10.15.2012

Microsoft perma-banning early Halo 4 users from XBL

In a bid to crack down on nefarious pirates, Microsoft is issuing permanent Xbox Live bans to folk caught playing illegitimate copies of Halo 4 early.  "We are aware of isolated cases in which Halo 4 content has been pro...

Jim Sterling



A game about sex? BAN THIS SICK FILTH! photo
A game about sex? BAN THIS SICK FILTH!
by Jim Sterling

Steam has been banning fake games from its service, but it's also knocked back a legitimate -- if rather risque -- project. Seduce Me is an erotic strategy game "inspired by the lives of American socialites and celebrities." Ironically, the developer blames that very same American culture for the ban. 

"[Steam sent us] a very generic e-mail saying we'd violated [the content guidelines] and the game was being taken down," said No Replay Games' Miriam Bellard to GI.biz. "We were actually really shocked when it went down, because we thought that it would at least be allowed on Greenlight to be discussed.

"I personally don't think Valve needs [to play it safe]. I think Valve is in a position where they could push this if they wanted to. Sure, they might lose a very small amount of their audience, but they would gain others ... Why they've chosen not to is possibly that they're part of that American culture, and they view this issue with that American point-of-view."

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12:30 PM on 08.31.2012

3,000 Guild Wars 2 players banned for vendor exploit

ArenaNet has revealed that it banned 3,000 Guild Wars 2 players last night for knowingly exploiting a vendor error that saw them buying cheap gear and selling it on for economy-wrecking profit.  "The players we banned we...

Jim Sterling

9:15 AM on 06.12.2012

Blizzard gets serious, ready to ban Diablo III cheaters

Out of the blue, Blizzard decided to post a not-so-friendly reminder that Diablo III cheaters will be caught and banned, as the studio readies itself to purge the criminal element. That always-online requirement means they're...

Jim Sterling

3:30 PM on 05.23.2012

Ruling by ITC judge says Xbox should see ban in US too

Last month, Administrative Judge David Shaw at the US International Trade Commission decided that Xbox had been in violation of four Motorola patents in relation to the H.264 video compression codec technology. He did not hav...

Brett Zeidler

9:00 PM on 05.22.2012

What religions are allowed in Diablo III?

It seems that, in a world populated by very real angels and demons, association with religions revolving around such creatures is frowned upon in Diablo III's world of Sanctuary. When Jon Bloodspray alerted me on Twitter that...

Jim Sterling

2:30 PM on 04.16.2012

Banned Origin users can play their games offline

It was more than a little sad to find out that Electronic Arts was locking users out of their Origin games for getting banned on the forums. Thankfully, the account suspension policy has since been tweaked such that those wit...

Jordan Devore