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Awesome: 'Some Norwegian game retailers pulling [shooters] off sh...' by 0Replace4Displace

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  Victory63 likes this Post written by 0Replace4Displace
about two years ago
"Because the government finally sees video games aren't the reason behind the shootings."
The Australian Christian Lobby is calling for a ban on violent videogames in the wake of the Oslo massacre, but the government says it's unreasonable to blame games for the behavior of a "madman."

FUCK YES COMMON SENSE

GO AUSTRALIA

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  • SurikoSuriko AustraliaRegistered User regular
    It feels so weird to be proud of our government.

    So weird.

  • PaperLuigi44PaperLuigi44 I believe they disproved that on Mythbusters... Registered User regular
    This was in response to this link and yeah, it pretty much blew my mind.

  • MetroidZoidMetroidZoid Registered User regular
    Doesn't Australia currently ban a lot of M rated games though? Is this the start of a turn around?

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  • SurikoSuriko AustraliaRegistered User regular
    edited July 2011
    Basically, Australia doesn't have any R18+ rating for games, so any game that's submitted for classification but would otherwise be rated R18+ is instead refused classification (RC). RC games are illegal to sell, so this has usually meant that RC games get edited for the Australian market to fit an MA15+ rating (the most notable examples being Left 4 Dead 2 and Fallout 3). This doesn't happen all that often, but it's very annoying when it does, and is a pretty clear cut free speech/censorship issue.

    Lately though the ruling Labor government has managed to extricate its head out of its ass and get moving on a bunch of issues, with the introduction of an R18+ rating being one of them. They've recently confirmed they're going to greenlight the rating, and are currently working on draft guidelines.

    The Australian government's historically been quite odious when it comes to censorship and its views on freedom to partake in various media, so it's really surprising (and good) to be hearing this from them.

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