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Australian gov releases R18+ guideline proposal

Australia's federal government has released a proposed draft of new guidelines to reform its video game classification system and introduce an R18+ rating. Meaning, the country's uncomfortably long struggle to introduce an adult-friendly classification for games may finally reach a conclusion. ...

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The Witcher 2 censored slightly for Australia

The Witcher 2 has reportedly been censored ever so slightly for Australian audiences. Games On Net notes that for its MA 15+ rating the titular Witcher can't accept sex as a reward for completing a side quest. Namco Bandai, the game's Aussie distributor, apparently felt that receiving sex as a...

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Report: Burnout Crash is 'action arcade style', set in Crash City

Last week, a rating appeared for the unannounced "Burnout Crash" on the Australian classification board's site. We followed up with the board to find out more about EA's mysterious "multiplatform" game, and received the following synopsis of the submitted content: "An action arcade style game set...

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Australian AG Clark hesitant to pass R18+ rating

According to a report from The Age, the long-debated Australian R18+ games rating may be shot down again during a July meeting of the nation's Attorneys-General, despite receiving the full support of the federal government. Victoria AG Robert Clark has expressed concern over the proposed ratings...

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'Burnout Crash' classified by Aussie ratings board

The Australian Classification Review Board has revealed Burnout Crash, an unannounced, PG-rated title to be published by Electronic Arts. Aside from being listed for multiple platforms, no other details on Burnout Crash have been made known. The Burnout series has been on hiatus since...

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Mortal Kombat receives R18 in New Zealand (which means it's coming out)

Mortal Kombat may be combatting release issues in Australia, but the game is being officially allowed to pulverize faces (and everything else) across the water in New Zealand. The country's Office of Film and Literature Classification (OFLC) gave Mortal Kombat an R18 rating recently, which is to...

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Mortal Kombat publisher appealing Aussie 'Refused Classification' decision

Warner Bros. Interactive's Australian arm will appeal the RC (Refused Classification) "unrating" bestowed upon Mortal Kombat by the Australian Classification Review Board. The designation prevents the game from being sold by retailers in the country. "After reviewing both the gameplay and the...

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Mortal Kombat refused classification in Australia

Mortal Kombat has been refused classification in Australia, IGN AU reports. According to the site's sources, retail outlets have been asked to remove all promotional materials, as well as cancel preorders. Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, the game's publisher, said in a statement that...

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Dissidia Duodecim demo rated for Australia, could venture outside Japan

Dissidia 012 [duodecim] Final Fantasy is set to arrive at retail one month from now, and it appears that Japan's 300 Yen ($3.64) demo -- "Prologus" (seriously) -- could accompany it to English territories. A classification for the demo popped up on the Australian Classification Board website,...

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Battle: Los Angeles game being made by Saber Interactive, ratings board suggests

It seems that upcoming alien invasion flick Battle: Los Angeles is receiving a tie-in game. According to Australia's classification website, a Battle: Los Angeles game is being developed by Saber Interactive, the studio behind TimeShift, Inversion, and an unannounced Halo: Combat Evolved remake. ...

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