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Half-Life 2 AU Woes?

SumeaLaunchpad (thanks Voodoo Extreme) reports that the rating Half-Life 2 has received from The Pan European Games Information system results in the possibility that there is no rating that will allow the game to be sold in Australia. No decision has been made on the game's fate down under, but here's the cause for concern citied in the article:

The Pan European Games Information (PEGI) age rating system has given Half Life 2 an R(18+) rating. This means that minors are unable to purchase the game in numerous countries like Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Greece, Italy, Norway, Spain, Sweden, and the UK. What's really interesting about this is how the game fares in Australia. The Australian Office of Film & Literature Classification (OFLC) has yet to classify Half Life 2, but if the board follows suit from their European counterparts, it'll mean that one of this years highly anticipated titles is banned outright from sales here. Currently, Australia has no R rating for games, so game titles need to meet the highest rating available (MA 15+) or they will be refused classification.

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92. Canberra, and the Au gov't Oct 26, 2004, 19:53 Tripper
 
Well, well.

I for one really like Canberra. I don't live there, but I visit a couple of times a year. Decriminalised pot, legal fireworks, highly educated taxi drivers, and some of the finest mountain biking in the country, only 10 minutes drive from parliament house!

Our present government's numerous interferences with the OFLC over controversial films over the last couple of years is completely in keeping with their obsession to undo any kind of social and moral progression that has happened in this country over the last 50 years. Remember Hawke promising a Treaty? Keating's doomed vision of regional integration? Howard is turning the clock back to the times of his political hero, Menzies, when blacks and women shut up and did what they were told, when poofter bashing was publically encouraged, and when video games didn't exist.

And we had an election a few weeks back, and the public delivered their verdict on this kind of outlook: they overwhelmingly approved it. I guess we'd just better get used to a climate of bigotry, intolerance and selfishness as the defining characterisics of what it is to be Australian in the 21st century.

Until interest rates go up, anyway.

 
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