In the 20 years from 1995 to January 2015, there were 77 games Refused Classification in Australia. After January though, more than 240 games have been effectively banned by the Classification Board - an average of 40 per month.
And here I thought that bans and censorship in Dubai were insane.
Welcome to the true Nanny State! Australia's laws and how the political system works can be really strange at times. For example - private schools get more money from the government than government schools!!!! The federal government subsides coal burning companies and wants to remove support and funding for renewable alternatives. I guess some time reality is stranger than fiction.
As an Australian, I had no idea about this. I knew some 'mature' games had been banned (despite our supposed 18+ rating existing) but I didn't realize it was so many! Screw you, classification board!
Wow thought other countries were bad on games. What's the list of countries again. The whole Australia China Dubai
Saudi Arabia Brazil By the way, Dubai is not a country. You mean to say the UAE (United Arab Emirates).
Yeah I know it's a city, nice place except in spec ops. Thanks for the lecture though now I know the area is called UAE.
Liberal Christian orientated government the worst since I have been alive.
I hope being on such a board pays crap because it's already bad enough that taxpayers are footing the bill for this censorship.
Im so glad we got the R rating finally. It seems to have done wonders. /s
Who cares. ALL of the big AAA stuff still gets through, these are just crappy irrelevant mobile/flash games. "Most of these games are ones you're unlikely to have heard of, with names like League Of Guessing, "w21wdf AB test", Sniper 3D Assault Zombie, Measure Bra Size Prank and Virtual marijuana smoking showing up in just the first few pages."
Oh, now i get it, so it's okay and easy to buy games like GTA V and Mortal Kombat X?
That's awful. I'm curious now, it's kinda off-topic, sorry for that, but what's the approval rating of the government in Australia? Many people support this practice?
Sad statement Aussies. Who do you id*ots vote to rule your land?!
I still face palm at the fact my own countrymen voted Tony Abbott in. Nothing surprises me about Australia these days.
And then they wonder why the piracy rate is so high in Aus...
I totally agree, but the Australian government has addressed this problem. Not by reducing the cost of games and digital media or like others here have suggested by not banning and allowing the classification system to work. Nope the Abbot government just passed laws to store everyone's meta data in the name of national security. But we all know this info will be used to track who's downloading what. As well as the customers and internet users end up forking the bill for this. Australian government's logic is to be even more restrictive to combat this problem.
Yeah man. Such a sad world we live in. Can not wait till Abbott goes away, but his damage will last for a long time.
Sorry accidentally disagreed with you. Big thumb + Small Phone lol
So I'm curious. Is the rating based on actual data from the content of the games, or is it based on how the rating board feels it should rate based on vague criteria. For instance, the MPAA here in the US rates movies. Their criteria for what something would rate is pretty clear on what you're allowed to do at certain ratings. There is some leeway based on context.
We need a reference point to really make sense of this though. How many games, for example, are refused classification by PEGI or the ESRB?
Damn that's crazy
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