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Daehawk
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« on: October 25, 2004, 08:37:52 PM »

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The folks over at Sumea have posed an interesting question, will HL2 be refused classification in Australia, in the light of the Pan European Games Information (PEGI) rating of R(18+) given to HL2? In Australia, no games have been accepted if they fit into the R(18+) category, so this means HL2 needs to fit into at most the highest category of MA(15+), or it will be refused classification


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« Reply #1 on: October 25, 2004, 08:43:45 PM »

I've heard the rumor going around about this one.  You'd think a nation founded by criminals would be a little more laid back. smile

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« Reply #2 on: October 25, 2004, 08:50:03 PM »

Hahha....good point.
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« Reply #3 on: October 25, 2004, 09:30:14 PM »

They're in deep didgeridoo!!!

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« Reply #4 on: October 25, 2004, 10:53:29 PM »

How stupid.
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« Reply #5 on: October 25, 2004, 11:22:02 PM »

All it means is that a lot of Australians will be importing Half Life 2.  Or is that illegal?
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« Reply #6 on: October 25, 2004, 11:28:48 PM »

I believe that importing it (via postal) may not be illegal, i don't really know but also, considering you can get it via direct download (Steam) I don't think it's able to be policed.  

Not really sure, but I know there's no talk of it being banned on any of the aussie boards that I visit.

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« Reply #7 on: October 25, 2004, 11:33:44 PM »

They have computers in Australia? :lol:
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« Reply #8 on: October 25, 2004, 11:53:42 PM »

I'm somewhat confused.  If it recieves an 18+ rating, it may be banned, as in illegal?  Or just illegal to sell to minors?  If the first, that makes no sense.  Are adults expected to play kid games there?  Tell me I'm wrong.
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« Reply #9 on: October 26, 2004, 12:23:07 AM »

I believe the problem arises in that our game classifications only go to MA 15+ and if a game receives a higher restriction then it can't be sold (even under the counter eg game does not appear on the shelf).  I know this problem occurred with I think: Carmageddon 2 and Harvester (I think...).

Carmageddon 2 was circumvented by selling the game with the blood patched out and the company had the unlock blood patch on their website.

But I think that if it receives an 18+ here in aus the game cannot be sold!
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« Reply #10 on: October 26, 2004, 12:25:09 AM »

Ok some more research found:
General (G)
The G classification is for a general audience. However, it does not necessarily indicate that children will enjoy the film or computer game. Some G films and games contain themes, story-lines or game play that do not interest children.

General (G8+) for children over 8 years of age
Material classified G8+ may contain material which some children find confusing or upsetting, and may require the guidance of parents or guardians. It is not recommended for viewing by persons under 15 without guidance from parents or guardians.

Mature (M)
Material classified M15+ is not recommended for persons under 15 years of age. There are no legal restrictions on access.

Mature Restricted (MA15+)
Material classified MA15+ is considered unsuitable for persons under 15 years of age. It is a legally restricted category.

Refused Classification (RC)
Computer games that exceed the MA(15+) classification category will be Refused Classification. Material so classified may not be sold, hired, exhibited, displayed, demonstrated or advertised.

So yes adults cannot buy games for adults here in Australia.  But it may also get a different rating when classified here in Aus than what it got O/S.
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« Reply #11 on: October 26, 2004, 12:25:32 AM »

Ouch.  That sucks!  So, I bet those same rules don't apply to movies though, right?  I hate that games are still thought of as for kids only.
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« Reply #12 on: October 26, 2004, 12:31:54 AM »

No they don't apply to movies, they can get R+ X etc classifications.  Interestingly if you go to It is ok to use BBCode to shorten links! smile you can see how many games have been RC'd in Australia but also interestingly enough I have seen those games on the shelves so I will check at lunch what rating they have on the shelves (eg cut down or what).


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« Reply #13 on: October 26, 2004, 12:32:17 AM »

No offense meant to you but that ratings system makes you Aussies sound stupid. That must suck to be an adult in Australia.
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« Reply #14 on: October 26, 2004, 01:13:37 AM »

I agree Daehawk, but luckily nothing I've ever really wanted has managed the RC category smile
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« Reply #15 on: October 26, 2004, 05:42:14 AM »

moving to Road to Gold since the game isn't out yet.
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« Reply #16 on: October 26, 2004, 06:48:07 AM »

What's Australia anyway? 500 copies?  :wink:
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« Reply #17 on: October 26, 2004, 10:59:40 AM »

Quote from: "Daehawk"
No offense meant to you but that ratings system makes you Aussies sound stupid. That must suck to be an adult in Australia.


Yeah, if it does happen then the boofhead pollies will have won again, must wrap the good sheep in cottonwhool while they all sit quietly under control doing what our wonderful government tell us...  :evil:
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« Reply #18 on: October 27, 2004, 07:14:57 AM »

The Aussies cant even play the game anyway! it requires an internet connection to play slywink I keed, I keed.
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« Reply #19 on: October 27, 2004, 02:13:02 PM »

The Governator must be sad that he is from there.
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« Reply #20 on: October 27, 2004, 05:39:52 PM »

ROFLMAO, number 18 on the list....

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« Reply #21 on: October 28, 2004, 01:04:00 AM »

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The Governator must be sad that he is from there.
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« Reply #22 on: October 28, 2004, 01:15:00 AM »

LOL...the gov is from Austria. Tongue
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« Reply #23 on: October 28, 2004, 02:26:26 AM »

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The Governator must be sad that he is from there.


Too much beer!  Too much beer!  :lol:
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« Reply #24 on: October 31, 2004, 07:25:29 AM »

I highly doubt it will be banned.  I'd say it would have been banned already if it was going to be.  It only seems to be the more realistic games like Grand Theft Auto that get banned (unless the developers tone it down).

Besides from a whole lot of pissed off gamers you'd also have every games shop screaming bloody murder considering the amount of sales this one's going to give them.
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« Reply #25 on: November 06, 2004, 09:17:05 PM »

Just got emails from 2 online stores here in Aus and it has been given a MA15+.. I pre-ordered with free shipping but may have to can that yet as it will take 5 days to get to me I just found out.
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« Reply #26 on: November 22, 2004, 01:02:07 PM »

I live in Australia and bought this today from my local EB - has a MA15+ rating stuck over top of the 17+ US one...

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No offense meant to you but that ratings system makes you Aussies sound stupid. That must suck to be an adult in Australia.


None taken....although at least we can hear words like "shit" on TV without a lawsuit from Christian groups....
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« Reply #27 on: November 22, 2004, 06:40:40 PM »

Yeah the crap we got here is just as bad ill admit. I really hate the way this country is headed.
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