The Australian court ordered major internet service providers in Australia to block 181 “pirate” domains within the region, along with various other subtitle site providers such as Open Subtitles and Subscene. Continue reading “KissAnime, AnimeFreak And Other Streaming Sites Blocked By ISPs In Australia”
The Turnbull government is reportedly set to unveil legislation that will grant law enforcement the ability to pry into private conversations and messages in video games such as Call of Duty and Fortnite in order to stop terrorists. Continue reading “Australia To Unveil Legislation To Gather User Data From Games Like Fortnite, Call of Duty To Stop Terrorists”
Video games have been getting banned a lot recently in Australia (and a few Stateside as well). The Social Justice Warrior brigade have been targeting specific kind of games and putting them in front of ratings boards and platform holders and attempting to get them banned so gamers don’t even have a choice in being able to purchase those titles. Well, Liberal Democrats Senator, David Leyonhjelm, has decided to fight back by issuing three bills that will help protect free speech whether it be in debate, in movies, in books, or video games. Continue reading “Australian Senator David Leyonhjelm Introduces Bill To Protect Video Games Against Bans”
The Australian Classification Board has accepted Compulsion Games’ appeal to have We Happy Few re-reviewed for a rating in order to be legally released as a retail game in Australia. Originally the the board denied the game a rating because they felt it promoted drug use, even though the game is basically a giant anti-drug campaign. Continue reading “We Happy Few Australian Classification Board Appeal Underway”
The Australian Classification Board recently refused to rate Compulsion Games and Gearbox Publishing’s retail edition of We Happy Few, effectively banning it from being sold in the region. Continue reading “Compulsion Games May Have To Issue Refunds To Australian Gamers For We Happy Few”
[Update 7/3/2018:] The Australian Classification Board’s decision to ban the game has been overturned following an appeal from Compulsion Games, and We Happy Few is now going to be sold in Australia with an R18+ rating.
[Original story:] It’s being reported that the Australia Classification Board has refused Gearbox Publishing and Compulsion Games’ We Happy Few. The refused classification means that the game is effectively banned from being sold in most stores and retailers in the region. Continue reading “We Happy Few Banned In Australia”
Outlast 2 was recently unbanned and rated in Australia after originally being refused a classification by the ratings board in the land down under. On March 17th it was announced that Outlast 2 was banned by the Australian Classification Board, even though the demo for the game was rated R18+. Continue reading “Outlast 2 Was Censored To Receive R18+ Rating, Suggests Ratings Board”
[Update: 3/25/2017] New information reveals that the Australian Classification re-rated Outlast 2 based on modifications made to the game by Red Barrels, and that the game will not release uncensored.
[Original story:] Liberal Democrat and South Wales Senator in Australia, David Leyonhjelm, recently sought to beseech parliament to rescind their censorious ways toward gamers in Australia. He advocated for more reasoned minds and common sense when it comes to rating games and treating them more evenhandedly, citing their recent and unreasonable ban on Outlast 2 as a continued instance of nannying gamers.
This happened after the Australian Classification recently banned Outlast 2 for an off-screen sexually implied act. The real kicker? They rated Outlast 2’s demo R18+. Well, directly after Leyonhjelm pleaded his case to parliament on March 20th, the Australian Classification rescinded their ban and rated Outlast 2 R18+ on March 21st. Continue reading “Outlast 2 Unbanned In Australia Following Politician’s Plea To Parliament”
Over the past few years various outspoken ideologues have been attempting to get video games banned, censored or removed from store shelves. Some of them were successful in getting GTA V banned from some retail outlets in Australia on the grounds of “Misogyny”.
Partisans in the media have been cheering on this politicized vitriol where games containing sexually feminine characters, mature themes or overt violence have been targeted for censorship, especially in Western regions. Well, one Australian politician who is part of the Liberal Democratic party has finally said enough is enough and to “leave gamers alone”. Continue reading “Politician Tells Australian Censors To “Leave Gamers Alone””
If you wanted to pick up a copy of the busty, lesbian-themed action game, Valkyrie Drive Bhikkhuni for the PlayStation Vita over in Australia, you can’t. The game will not be sold in Australia because it has been refused classification from the Australian Classification Ratings Board. Continue reading “Valkyrie Drive: Bhikkhuni Won’t Be Sold In Australia”
The Australian classification ratings board handed down their verdict on Idea Factory International’s dungeon crawling RPG, Meiq: Labyrinth of Death. The title is due out this fall in Europe and North America for the PlayStation Vita. However, it won’t be arriving in Australia due to the ratings board denying the game classification because they feel as if some of the characters appear to be underage and that they appear to be involved in sexually suggestive activities. Continue reading “Meiq: Labyrinth Of Death Denied Rating In Australia Due To Underage Sexual Activity”