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Recent Xbox Live bans done to retain 'health of the video game business'

After hearing modding forums across the interwebs explode in anger when finding out about Microsoft's recent use of the Xbox Live banhammer, Microsoft's Major Nelson decided to make an official comment. "In our our continued effort to keep gameplay safe and secure for our community of more than...

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Gears of War 2 not releasing in Germany, Japan

Microsoft has confirmed that Gears of War 2 will be "banned" in Germany and won't release in Japan. Per standard operating procedures in these situations, the title was refused a rating in Germany, which means it cannot be sold in the country. The news isn't exactly shocking considering the...

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Rumor: Dead Space banned in Japan

At this point, we really don't know what the truth is behind the alleged banning of EA's sci-fi horror title, Dead Space, in Germany, Japan and China. The prohibitions were originally reported on last week, after which GamePolitics called shenanigans. The latest crumb to the tale comes from Ars...

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Thailand bans some games in wake of cabbie murder

The Thai government continues its campaign against violent games in the wake of a cabbie's murder, allegedly inspired by Grand Theft Auto. CNet's Thai blog reports that five games have been banned in the country (GTA IV was already pulled by the distributor): Hitman 300 Killer Seven ...

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Australia may receive R-rating for games, fewer bans

The Sunburnt Country has never been a very friendly place for video games with adult content. With a maximum game rating of MA15+, games which are deemed unsuitable for the pubescent, corruptible senses of a 15-year-old are often refused classification, and therefore banned. Several North American...

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No classification for Dark Sector in Australia

We've been kind of milquetoast on Dark Sector, the first "next gen" game ever announced, for reasons ranging from its completely uninspiring title to ... well, it's basically the title. But now that the game has been denied a rating by Australian classification board the OFLC, we're totally in to...

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Target rids its shelves of Manhunt 2

Rumors have been circulating for a while that Target, prompted by the discovery of Manhunt 2's hidden dirty, dirty filthy content on the PSP version of the game, had pulled the title from its shelves. Now, GameSpot has received the official word that, indeed, those hunting (get it?) for a...

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Manhunt 2 controversy may boost sales

The AP reports that the decision to suspend the distribution of Manhunt 2 may actually help sales by boosting curiosity of gamers who will want to see what all the drama was about. Well, duh! Speaking with analysts, the AP says that the controversy will benefit the game in the long run. Of course,...

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Postal designer speaks out on Manhunt 2 bans

After recent ratings and banning fiascoes surrounding Manhunt 2, GameSpot sat down with Vince Desi, CEO of Running with Scissors, developer of another controversial series, Postal. Desi speaks out about the ESRB and its power over the gaming industry as well as his (lack of) jealousy that Rockstar...

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Video: Hitler gets banned from Xbox Live

What happens when you put silly subtitles over dramatic foreign footage? Absolute hilarity, that's what. Now combine this already potent combination with making fun of Adolf Hitler and it's even funnier. Combine that with the Xbox 360's superior online capabilities and you have got yourself some...

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