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Review: Paradigm

Paradigm is a game that asks the player to contemplate some tough philosophical quandaries. Its story, which revolves around the concept of genetically engineering perfect prodigal children for the wealthy ruling class, forces the play...   read

 
 
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Australia? Europe? US? Peach Beach to reach each for 'summer' splash

Update: XSEED and Marvelous Europe have confirmed to me that the Australian version will indeed launch in the same time-frame as the European summer release. I was just being silly after all. Summer is the season for beaches, peaches, ...   read

 
 

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Surprisingly, Outlast 2 is now clear for release in Australia

Last week, the upcoming horror game Outlast 2 was refused classification in Australia, meaning it was barred from sale in the country -- even to legal adults. But as of now, the Australian Classification Board has gone back on its decision ...   read

 
 
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The hero Australia deserves: senator commands Canberra to 'leave gamers alone'

Someone is finally speaking some sense. Following the Australian Classification Board's banning of Outlast II, Senator David Leyonhjelm blasted the Australian Senate regarding video game censorship. Leyonhjelm argues the laws related t...   read

 
 
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Outlast 2 banned in Australia for rape scene

Human or not, Australia's Classification Board has decided Outlast 2 is too obscene for sale even with an R18+ rating, thus making the game impossible to sell in its current, unedited form. The scene in question suggests, but does...   read

 
 
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Wander the cheery world of Yonder

Probably the most cheerful game I played all PAX (maybe of all time?) is Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles -- a bright, happy Harvest Moon meets Windwaker style game that goes beyond traditional farming simulatio...   read

 
 
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So, what are the main takeaways from the legal battle between Australia and Valve?

Two years ago, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) launched a legal challenge against Valve over its treatment of Australian users of its Steam service between the dates of January 1, 2011 and August 28, 2014 (whe...   read

 
 
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Valve has been ordered to pay $3 million for violating Australia's consumer laws

Back in March, in a case brought to the Australian Federal Court by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), Valve was found guilty of various violations of the country’s consumer laws. Essentially, Valve had made mi...   read

 
 
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You'll be able to try out the Nintendo Switch at RTX Sydney in February

Did you find yourself seething with jealousy about a week ago when Jimmy Fallon got a chance to demo the Nintendo Switch in person on The Tonight Show? Did you find yourself desperately hoping that you, too, could potentially try out Ninten...   read

 
 
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Third-party accessories indicate Nintendo's Switch will charge via USB

Since the death of the GBA, Nintendo's portable consoles have relied on internal battery packs to provide power for their systems. Frustratingly, these have always required proprietary charging cables that only work with systems in the curr...   read

 
 


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It looks like Hand of Fate 2 will be coming to PS4 after all

Earlier this month, I got a chance to play Hand of Fate 2 at PAX Australia. Both Zack Furniss and Mike Cosimano have written up some more detailed impressions of it, so I won’t go into specifics here, but I found myself utterly enamou...   read

 
 
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Valve may have to pay up to $3 million for violating the Australian Consumer Law

Back in March, the Australian Federal Court found Valve guilty for several breaches of the Australian Consumer Law in a case that was initially brought forth in 2014 by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC). The rational...   read

 
 
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PAX Australia panels, exhibitors finalized

PAX Australia is only a few weeks away, and the lineup of panels and exhibitors was finalized earlier today. You can check out the full schedule on the PAX Aus website, and the Guidebook app for iPhone, Android, Windows 7 phones, and Blackb...   read

 
 
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Giveaway - PAX Australia 2016 passes!

So there is this little thing called PAX Australia taking place in Melbourne on Nov. 4 - 6, 2016. Now there also was this awesome cat who worked here named Kyle. Add these two things together and what do you get? I don't know...   read

 
 
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These Pokemon hamburgers are to 'dye' for

Australian burger pop-up Down-n-Out (In-n-Out down under) is selling a two-week run of Pokemon-inspired hamburgers. Squirtle got the shaft as the crew went with two starters, Bulbasaur and Charmander, as well as the ubiquitous Pikachu. The ...   read

 
 
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Please don't hit the kangaroos in Forza Horizon 3

Let's talk turkey. Australian brush turkey. It's a good-lookin' turkey, no? Don't hit it with your car in Forza Horizon 3. In fact, don't hit anything with your car in Forza Horizon 3. Australia's full of wildlife. Kangaroos hoppin' across...   read

 
 
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Australia puts Gal Gun: Double Peace in detention (Update)

[Update: I reached out to EB Games Australia to find out if this was a company decision. This was its response: So, government of Australia, you're off the hook this time!] Australia, the small island nation that is home Mad Max, Croc...   read

 
 
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Hatsune Miku Project Diva X announced for Europe, Oceania, but only as a digital release

Sega has, at long last, confirmed plans to release Hatsune Miku: Project Diva X in PAL territories.  The rhythm game will debut in Europe and Oceania on August 30, the same day as the previously-announced American launch date...   read

 
 
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MeiQ: Labyrinth of Death denied Australian classification

The Australian Classification Board has refused to give a rating to MeiQ: Labyrinth of Death. According to the Australian Classification Board (via Kotaku), the game has been refused classification because it depicts “matters of sex, ...   read

 
 
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Sega Europe 'looking into' releasing new Hatsune Miku, as game is rated in Australia

For whatever reason, Sega has left its European fans twisting in the wind, wondering if they'll ever see localizations of titles like 7th Dragon III Code: VFD or anything made by Atlus. The lack of news regarding these titles, which Se...   read

 
 
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Fire Emblem Fates now available in Australia and New Zealand

On the heels of Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright and Conquest's European release, Intelligent Systems' new Nintendo 3DS strategy role-playing games have finally arrived in Australia and New Zealand. And in case you weren't one of the luck...   read

 
 
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Cubone and Umbreon dazzle in Sex Expo's first cosplay contest

You know what they say about sex: gotta have it. And Sydney has it in droves as the host-city for sex expo Sexpo. Incidentally that's also what we're calling E3 this year as Destructoid fits me, Brett, Jordan, Kyle, and Zack horizontally ov...   read

 
 
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NIS will no longer publish Atlus games in Europe, Oceania

NIS America has cut ties with Atlus and will no longer distribute the Sega subsidiary's games across Europe, Australia, and New Zealand, NIS America managing director Takuro Yamashita tells MCV. "Atlus became very picky about selecting the ...   read

 
 
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Speedrun Dark Souls III and you might win $10,000

Are you in Australia or New Zealand? Are you already really good at Dark Souls III, less than a week after launch? You might be able to win $10,000 in Bandai Namco’s speedrunning competition. If you email [email protected]..   read

 
 
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Pokemon Go beta heads to Australia, New Zealand

Pokémon Go's field test is coming to Oceania this month, developer Niantic Labs announced today. Australia and New Zealand will be the first western countries to get it in on the beta program, which launched exclusively in Japan last...   read

 
 


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