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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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111. Whats up wit that double post.... Nov 2, 2004, 06:26 Baldric
 
Blue, check your board........?!?!

 
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110. Valve turns Howard's knob.... Nov 2, 2004, 06:25 Baldric
 
Thank f*ck for that.....

 
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109. Valve turns Howard's knob.... Nov 2, 2004, 06:25 Baldric
 
Thanks f*ck for that.....

 
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108. Re: No subject Nov 1, 2004, 16:08 Gandhi
 
We interrupt this regualarly scheduled debate on Republicans v. Democrats to bring this breaking news story -

http://www.oflc.gov.au/content.html?n=44&p=34&sTitle=half-life&record=198493

P.S. - vote for Ross Perot

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107. No subject Oct 31, 2004, 00:35 manic half
 
im an aussie too. at first i was shitty at this, but now i dont care coz if it dusnt get released ill just fucking buy it from somewhere else.

i want an R rating but even if they dont decide to release one, well just continue to get our games elsewhere.

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106. Re: Ah yes, Socialists... Oct 29, 2004, 03:36 Larry
 
You puked up: "If you support Bushco, you're against civil and human rights, plain and simple." Yeah, that's rational. The Voice of Reason. Methinks your presentation of "the facts" is freakishly suspect. You refer to me as an irrational anti-liberal nutball before and after making that rarified statement. Wow.

And: "you like the "ignant 'mericans" you currently are."
Thanks for proving my point re:your irrational prejudice.
East Coast born & raised here, lived in Europe for nearly 9 years. No military. Seems that I just might have a slight educational advantage over you in the political science arena, having "made" more than my fair share of law. Take my meaning?

President sets the economic course for the country? Vaguely spoken like a political neophyte or a clueless true-believer; meaningless in either case.

EU doesn't spin it's unemployment numbers? You're nuts.
Pro-fascist? That's the realm of the big-Fed Democrats like yourself. You said you studied political science? State's rights ain't the realm of the Left.

My obsession with Madison: you and yours seek to dictate the common good (anti-Madisonian), but are now being challenged in that regard by the so-called moral majority. They have a different idea of the common good, but seek to implement it the same (Federal) way. Hey! How dare they tread on that traditionally Demo territory? Oh wait- they WERE Demos until Reagan came along. Nice going- feel free to take the extremists back. Barring that, I trust that you will both consume one another.

Your aspirations re: deciding who gets to vote don't square with your self-proclaimed love for civil rights and democracy. Hey, we could go back to only allowing land-owning white males to vote- sound familiar? But in this case, it's you who gets to decide/set the standard which determines who votes. Very democratic aspirations there, you hero-of-the-common-man, you. Love how you support NAMBLA's right to free speech and would deny voting rights based on educational and IQ req's. You're a champion of human rights? I suspect that you wouldn't know a civil/human rights violation if it stripped you nude, posed you in a comely position, and took pictures of your little prick.
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105. Re: Ah yes, Socialists... Oct 29, 2004, 03:36 Larry
 
Whahahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahah
-Ahem-
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104. Re: Ah yes, Socialists... Oct 29, 2004, 02:34 Larry
 
Really? Tipper Gore wasn't a Demo? Those types of censorship, proposed and actual, and those who propose them-they aren't quite similar in that respect?
Wow.
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103. I live in Down Under Oct 28, 2004, 07:36 ChopperWeeD
 
I live in Australia and have been complaining about the no R18+ rating for a long while now. But I dont think too many will care as most of us in antisipation have already pre-loaded hl2. I myself have already it pre-loaded it. Silver Pack was $83AU for me. Scary to think that valve could stop us from unlocking it after already paying for it.
Im confident it wont get banned. Doom 3 was released unaltered.

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102. Re: This is cruel... Oct 27, 2004, 13:33 siggi
 
haha  
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101. Re: Oct 27, 2004, 13:00 Fantaz
 
that sucks

 
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100. Easy there Tomsk.... Oct 27, 2004, 03:08 Baldric
 


Available does not equal legal, pot is also available Australia wide if not globally if you're looking for it.

Same goes for porn (hardcore or otherwise).
The availability of something does not mean it is always legal.

*legal* or *decriminalised*.. is a fine line. Fact is this does not apply Australia wide which was my point.

Personally, I think your off the hip, knee jerk name calling did more for making "us" Aussies look like prats than anyone else (except for perhaps J. Howard himself)

Nice to see the "us" and them concept is alive and well in your neighbourhood. You must live in Redfern.

p.s. My research doesn't include pot or porn, I'll leave that to the likes of you...

 
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99. Re: Canberra, and the Au gov't Oct 27, 2004, 00:31 Warhawk
 
Australia,

Could you check your toilet and see which way the water rotates when it flushes?

Thanks,

America




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98. Re: Canberra, and the Au gov't Oct 26, 2004, 23:55 Sixis
 
Australia,

Could you check your toilet and see which way the water rotates when it flushes?

Thanks,

America
 
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97. Re: Canberra, and the Au gov't Oct 26, 2004, 23:15 Talisorn
 
Don't forget that the leaders of our country do not make the decisions about these things in Canberra. Canberra is just the place that carries out the misguided ravings of the fool that lives in Government House in Sydney.

(You don't think that John Howard would live in a place that is a hardcore labour constituency do you?)

 
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96. No subject Oct 26, 2004, 21:45 Kris Redbeard
 
Discussing Politics on the Internet - what a brilliant idea.... NOT.

Bush is a wanker.
So is Mr. Howard.
Most politicians are!
Get over it and move on.

As for Half-Life2 being banned in Australia, so what - they'll release a 'toned down' version. 5 seconds after that goes gold, a dozen or so hacks will be out to restore it all. Happened with Duke3D - hell, when I bought the game the retailer GAVE me the hack.


 
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95. Re: Ah yes, Socialists... Oct 26, 2004, 20:28 Bearkyn
 
People in the Aussie gov't responsible for that type game censorship thing are quite similar to people who are closely allied with the Democratic Party in the U.S.

Woah, Larry you really don't know wtf you are talking about.

meh, time to move on.

 
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94. No subject Oct 26, 2004, 20:22 Ledge
 
>>>It's called steam. Download it <<<

No thanks.

and... Sup trog

 
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93. The Facts Oct 26, 2004, 20:01 trog
 
Doom 3 also got a PEGI rating of 18+ and was released unaltered in Australia.

Half-Life 2 will not have any problems getting released here in .au.

 
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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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