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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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91. Re: Australian Censorship Oct 26, 2004, 19:43 Tomsk
 
Baldric you are a class-A BONCE.

Pot is not *legal* in the nation's capital, it has been *decriminalised* (and even then, only for small amounts). You still pay a fine if caught in possession. Large amounts will send you straight to jail.

Hardcore porn is available Australia-wide, even if only through mail-order.

Do some research before making the rest of us Aussies look like prats, you moron.

 
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90. Re: Ah yes, Socialists... Oct 26, 2004, 19:28 Tanto Edge
 
USA? Land of the Salem Witch Trials?

 
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89. Ignorance of Politicians Oct 26, 2004, 19:26 Talisorn
 
There is a huge ignorance among Australian politicians that computer and console games are play by kids and that is it .. that and the fact that policing the sale of games in Australia is in the "too hard basket" has led the fact that games that would get an R-Rating are just refused classification.

That said, its rare for the OFLC to refuse a rating to a game in Australia. The total number of games could that have been refused be counted on your hands here. I can't see HL2 being refused classification, when games like Manhunt and Doom3 were rated MA 15+.

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88. Re: Ah yes, Socialists... Oct 26, 2004, 19:24 Halsy
 
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. Remember Tipper, etc. etc?

Really? The conservatives have been in charge for over 8 years now. Who are these "people" exactly? This secret cabal of liberals who can apparently do whatever they like? Are they the same ones who make the tinfoil hats you wear? The only reason Tipper Gore achieved any notoriety is because her husband is a democrat. She wasn't asking for antyhing that the GOP and other conservatives had asked for 1000 times before, and still do.

You cite rantingly left-wing biased sources regarding your unemployment "calculus." I wonder why? The "true number of unemployed?"

Rantingly left-wing? I didn't realize mathematics was solely in the domain of the left. I thought they merely reflected the facts. Silly me.

Clearly you're used to dealing with morons who will suck up anything in print.

No, just morons that are incapable of understanding the facts when they're presented to them.

Apply the same spin to Euro unemployment figures.

The EU doesn't spin their unemployment figures. That's just a cute trick used in the U.S.. Funny that you don't know that common bit of wisdom. Then again, you've only show you really don't know anything else either.

Do you have a degree of some type or are you just spewing pick-and-choose Internet grabbings?

Yes, I have a combined degree in history and political science. You clearly don't even have a high-school diploma.

I love how Democrats are trying to use the moral majority (a small minority of Republicans) to define the Republican Party, and then point the finger at Republicans for doing what the Demos have been doing all along!

Really? And what would that be exactly? Shred and trample the Constitution? Deny people civil and human rights? Oh yeah, that's Democrats in a nutshell. What kind of meds are you supposed to be taking anyway?

Of course- attempting to dictate the common good via the Federal gov't.- the laws and the bureaucracies that spring therefrom. Read James Madison- thatís not how we do things in an adversarial political system.

You mean the same way that guys like Ashcroft walk all over State's rights whenever he disagrees with them (e.g. medical marijuana, euthanasia, etc.)? What is your obsession with Madison? He had some ideas on how federalism should work (derivative of Hume). So what? He also spoke of the "tyranny of the majority" in regard to Republicanism and saw the inherant flaws in this style of government. What Madison was aiming for was trying to make the best of a bad situation where many disparate elements all want what they consider best. It's just a political theory. It's not God handing down the tablets to Moses or anything. Madison also said that when the system cease to work, scrap it and start again.

You ironically attempt to paint me with the same brush, assuming I am against all civil rights leg., Iím a fascist, etc. Who's arguing against all civil rights legislation? Of course there was a time and place for it in the U.S. There still is a great need for it in many parts of the world (esp. the Islamic world!!!!)

If you support Bushco, you're against civil and human rights, plain and simple. Last time I checked, the Islamic world didn't ask for our help or opinion on what they need. It's called the right to self-determination. Madison was a big fan of that too.

Now I'll make comparable assumptions about you. I'll bet you were thrilled when the ACLU took on NAMBLA's case.

No, the ACLU is defending free speech.

http://www.aclu.org/FreeSpeech/FreeSpeech.cfm?ID=8100&c=86

In representing NAMBLA today, our Massachusetts affiliate does not advocate sexual relationships between adults and children.

What the ACLU does advocate is robust freedom of speech for everyone. The lawsuit involved here, were it to succeed, would strike at the heart of freedom of speech. The case is based on a shocking murder. But the lawsuit says the crime is the responsibility not of those who committed the murder, but of someone who posted vile material on the Internet. The principle is as simple as it is central to true freedom of speech: those who do wrong are responsible for what they do; those who speak about it are not.

It is easy to defend freedom of speech when the message is something many people find at least reasonable. But the defense of freedom of speech is most critical when the message is one most people find repulsive.

You're pro-choice, but yet anti-death penalty

Nope, I'm pro-choice and pro-death penalty. I'm pro-gun too, but I'm for gun control. Sorry, but no one needs an assault weapon.

BELLS ARE RINGING- and Iím pro-choice.

I somehow seriously doubt that.

You're pro aff'tve action, despite that disaster, which only ended up helping some white women. You favor top heavy, self-perpetuating bureaucracies.

I'm for limited AA. A hand-up is not a hand-out. There are cases where it's been abused, but overall it's a good thing, and one that's necessary in a pluralistic society.

You think you know whatís best for the jus-plain-ignant land-locked Ďmericans.

Well, when you start demonstrating that you know better and act as such, we won't have to treat you like the "ignant 'mericans" you currently are. A mind is a terrible thing to waste.

And - crediting/faulting a president for the unemployment rate under his watch is purely selective, manipulative nonsense.

Uh huh, and if those numbers had favoured GOP presidents you'd be saying the exact opposite. The fact is the President sets the course for the country economically speaking. If you still don't get it after seeing the established pattern that the facts provide you're beyond help.

That numbers that you quote, while quite clever, are still total bullshit spin.

Talk is cheap, whiskey costs money. Prove it.

The biggest increase in government under who?

Reagan. Government increased almost 30% by the time he was done. It went up close to another 5% under Bush Sr. Went down 3% under Clinton. Has gone back up over 5% under Dubya.

Who tries to force morality on people via the Fed?

The GOP. Ten Commandments. Ban on gay marriage Constitutional amendment, etc.

Remember Carter publicly praising Jesus and acknowledging him as the most important thing in his life? Before you get started, Iím a deist.

Carter - like Kerry and unlike Bush - also understands and respects the pluralistic nature of America. He never tried to foist his values and beliefs on to others. He never cut funding for programs and initiatives that didn't suscribe to his religion.

It would appear that you're the only fascist idiot here, an old school dictate-the-will-of-the-people armchair liberal shitknob.

Sorry, Himmler Jr., that distinction belongs solely to you as your rabid, right-wing frothing has so clearly evidenced. Both your ignorance and stupidity boggle the mind of any rational, educated individual reading your drivel. To simplify it so you'll understand what I'm saying...you're a fucking idiot.

You're probably one of those dildos that marvels at the majesty of unitary democracy- how well it works when everyone has the same interests, backgrounds, life needs.

Not at all. I actually wonder how morons like you are permitted a vote when you're so clearly anti-democracy/pro-fascist. It's just too bad there weren't educational and IQ requirements to vote because we'd never see another GOP politican elected as 90% of their base - ignorant wretches like yourself - wouldn't be permitted a vote.

Feel free to reply with yet more stupidity. I, however, am done wasting my time on you.


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87. Re: Ah yes, Socialists... Oct 26, 2004, 19:16 S_DOG34
 
Just don't ignore the connection between age and wisdom, which has been acknowledged by nearly every culture in nearly every part of the world for time immemorial.

And don't you ignore the fact that wisdom and authoritativeness are mutually exclusive entities. One need not be old to be correct, and one of age is not necessarily so either.

 
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86. Re: Ah yes, Socialists... Oct 26, 2004, 19:09 booger
 
I didn't have too much problem reading through the USA PATRIOT Act <a href="http://www.epic.org/privacy/terrorism/hr3162.html">here</a>. The only problem I found was trying to cross reference all the other pieces of legislation that are amended.

I guess if you feel yourself sufficiently inferior to pond scum, you needn't read it. Just remember that pond scum does not get to vote. (that was a thinly veiled, passive aggresive way to say that I don't want you to vote, not because I disagree with you, which I do, but because you are willfully ignorant, which I consider an unforgiveable offense in this day of easy access to information.)

Get a clue, THEN go vote.

EDIT: took out some mean things I said about Larry.

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85. Re: Ah yes, Socialists... Oct 26, 2004, 19:06 Larry
 
Equality is already set in the D/I and therefore- what? One needn't legislate it? If you mean through federal governmental institutions in this day and age, then agreed! But the D/I talks about men (paging Gloria Steinem) being _created_ equal. That's it. Needless to say, the vagueness there was exploited by more than a few slave owners and other miscreants. One _needed_ legislate it.

Regarding that so-called "solace" that comforts you: Conservativism must pass to idealism; idealism then to conservatism. Just don't ignore the connection between age and wisdom, which has been acknowledged by nearly every culture in nearly every part of the world for time immemorial.
-L

 
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84. Re: Larry your a idiot Oct 26, 2004, 19:02 S_DOG34
 
Just voted GOP with 7 of my other lawyer pals; 3 of whom "just happen" to be Jewish. So much for traditional A.T.L.A., religious associations with the Left.

The VAST majority of Jews I know are conservative, and this is in Canada, where pretty much everyone is liberal. And if you think that Israel's policies are anything other than ultra-conservative, I would hate to have grown up in your house.

 
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83. Re: Ah yes, Socialists... Oct 26, 2004, 18:48 booger
 
Larry said:

one cannot legislate equality

One needn't legislate it, because one knows equality is already set for in the Declaration of Independence as part of the foundation of this country. The 'equality trend' is slanted toward liberalism historically because we started out with a fairly unequal system. I do not see this trend stopping with censorship or gay marriage or with any equality restricting legislation, be it Republican or Democrat. I take solace in the knowledge that while people may tend to be more conservative while they get older, they WILL die, taking their outdated conservativism with them (as well as plenty of useful information, like what it was like without a federal income tax...)

As Dubya might say "You can run, but you can't hide!" (from equality)...

 
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82. Re: Ah yes, Socialists... Oct 26, 2004, 18:24 Larry
 
More gov't than any other president? Should I laugh at your ignorance or just cry for the future of the nation?

And:
pssst- over here...yeah...hey- the World Trade Center was blown up.

You clearly know ~ nothing about the Patriot Act. Have you read it? Do you have any kind of legal education?
It cannot be intelligently or even meaningfully interpreted without EDUCATION AND CONTEXT.

Fuck this dumb shit. Good luck.
-L


 
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81. Re: Ah yes, Socialists... Oct 26, 2004, 18:12 volvox
 
So why then do we have more government under Bush then any other president?
HELLO?
Why can they now lock me up and call me a terrorist, give me no trial and thow away the key? That sounds a bit like the KGB to me....
Wake up and smell the bullshit dude.


 
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80. Re: Ah yes, Socialists... Oct 26, 2004, 17:45 Larry
 
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. Remember Tipper, etc. etc?

You cite rantingly left-wing biased sources regarding your unemployment "calculus." I wonder why? The "true number of unemployed?" Clearly you're used to dealing with morons who will suck up anything in print. Apply the same spin to Euro unemployment figures. Do you have a degree of some type or are you just spewing pick-and-choose Internet grabbings?

I love how Democrats are trying to use the moral majority (a small minority of Republicans) to define the Republican Party, and then point the finger at Republicans for doing what the Demos have been doing all along! Of course- attempting to dictate the common good via the Federal gov't.- the laws and the bureaucracies that spring therefrom. Read James Madison- thatís not how we do things in an adversarial political system.

You ironically attempt to paint me with the same brush, assuming I am against all civil rights leg., Iím a fascist, etc. Who's arguing against all civil rights legislation? Of course there was a time and place for it in the U.S. There still is a great need for it in many parts of the world (esp. the Islamic world!!!!)

Now I'll make comparable assumptions about you. I'll bet you were thrilled when the ACLU took on NAMBLA's case. You're pro-choice, but yet anti-death penalty: BELLS ARE RINGING- and Iím pro-choice. You're pro aff'tve action, despite that disaster, which only ended up helping some white women. You favor top heavy, self-perpetuating bureaucracies. You think you know whatís best for the jus-plain-ignant land-locked Ďmericans.

And - crediting/faulting a president for the unemployment rate under his watch is purely selective, manipulative nonsense. That numbers that you quote, while quite clever, are still total bullshit spin. The biggest increase in government under who? Who tries to force morality on people via the Fed? Your understanding of the term "morality" is apparently limited to the beliefs of the moral majority/evangelical Christians. And- don't forget that the moral maj. was almost strictly a Democrat holding until Reagan. Remember Carter publicly praising Jesus and acknowledging him as the most important thing in his life? Before you get started, Iím a deist.

It would appear that you're the only fascist idiot here, an old school dictate-the-will-of-the-people armchair liberal shitknob. You're probably one of those dildos that marvels at the majesty of unitary democracy- how well it works when everyone has the same interests, backgrounds, life needs. Again, try reading Madison. Or just start your own National Socialist Party. ZEIG !
Got more?
-L

 
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79. No subject Oct 26, 2004, 17:30 Tanto Edge
 
Not to be a complete dick.
Because 'God' said No?
Because priests with too much power over those who fear a world without the ever present father figure... said No.
Mindless sheep? No... just cowardly simps.

...WHAT!? Everybody else is ranting, why can't I?

 
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78. Re: Ah yes, Evangelists Oct 26, 2004, 17:01 FourPak
 
Censorship is and will always be the bastion of the Left.
Not true, never has been. Hello? Joe McCarthy anyone?
ALL censorship of thought and expression in America has always stemmed from ONE source and one source only -
The Christian Fundamentalist Right.

because God said so.

 
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77. Re: No subject Oct 26, 2004, 16:44 FourPak
 
2) A lot more people in those countries will be getting HL2 via Steam now.
Exactly. Pass all the BANNED laws you want, there's no such thing as BANNED in the world anymore.

 
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76. No subject Oct 26, 2004, 16:17 Tanto Edge
 
*cough* *cough*
waves away dust
Anyhow, so back on the ranch, Half-Life 2 is rated R. Why is this? Because it has the nudity and sex scenes of Singles?
Or the floppy breasts of LSL: Magna Cum Laude?
Or maybe the intense gore of Manhunt?
Maybe the drive bys, foul language and stereotyping of Grant Theft Auto???

...wait.. none of those? What the fuck?

 
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75. Re: Ah yes, Socialists... Oct 26, 2004, 15:57 Halsy
 
I'm assuming Larry, must be Josh as his trolling and ignorance seem to be about the same.

http://www.thinkandask.com/news/jobs.html

The "official" unemployment rate in the United States is 5.5 percent (July 2004), a contradiction to the actual number of unemployed men and women in the United States which stands at 16,265,736. The United States government only keeps you "unemployed" for six months, whether or not you find a job. The Labor Department (BLS) reports that an additional 300,000 workers fell out of the labor pool (an average monthly share throughout 2003.) Some 6,700,000 professionals have fallen off their unemployment benefits without finding a new job. Employers added no hope, creating only 32,000 jobs in July 2004.

Job creation is a hot topic during this election year; and while the White House statisticians report continuing declines in the unemployment rate, during President George W Bush's reign, the economy has lost 2.3 million professional jobs. . No matter which political party owns the White House, keeping the true numbers of unemployed artificially low boosts the perception of job creation and economic growth.


According to the Los Angeles Times, the true number of unemployed in the U.S.A. tops 16 million. The number of professionals in part-time or freelance work while waiting-out their job hunt is 4.9 million, and 1.5 million professionals seek jobs due to imminent layoffs, added too 9 million already unemployed -- the US-unemployment is the highest in 20 years. The actual percentage of "unemployed" in the United States is 9.7 percent, up .3 percent from 2002.

Got it, ace?

When will you start reading and stop inventing bullshit?
Quote from CNN (above):"Gain of 308,000 jobs far better than Wall Street's forecasts; unemployment rate up to 5.7 percent."

How selective of you, 1 month (March) that exceeded Wall Street expectations - but still failed to actually meet the requirements to qualify as sustained job growth, and has since declined once again. From that article, the important part you excluded....

Manufacturing payrolls were unchanged, after 43 months of declines. Economists had hoped this would finally be the month factory jobs would grow, based on recent surveys showing a greater inclination to hire.

Average hourly wages rose 2 cents to $15.54, but average weekly earnings slipped 88 cents to $523.70. Hourly wages have grown just 1.8 percent in the past year, near the lowest level since 1986.

What's America saying about current employment?
http://www.americanprogress.org/site/pp.asp?c=biJRJ8OVF&b=222855

The September employment numbers released by the U.S. Labor Department are disappointing by almost any standard. The number of new jobs totaled only 96,000, an increase of less than one-tenth of 1 percent. The unemployment rate remained constant only because 220,000 people decided to stay at home. Service sector jobs grew by more than the total increase in new employment, while employment in manufacturing dipped by another 18,000. Since the population is growing at a rate of about 220,000 a month, the number of jobs being created not only fails to provide any real expansion of employment opportunity, it probably is too small to sustain family income or living standards.

More...

This is the unemployment rate on the last day of the Truman, Johnson and Clinton administrations, respectively. 2.5%, 3.5% 4.5%. Under Clinton's presidency, unemployment dropped below 5 percent for the first time in 27 years. Yes, I kow about Jimmy Carter, he left with 7.5%, the same percentage he came in with. Now look at unemployment on the last day of the Hoover, Eisenhower, Ford, Reagan, and BushI adminstrations. 25%, 6.5%, 7.5%, 5.5%, 7.5%. For Hoover thats twenty five not two point five. Only Reagan left office with lower unemployment than he inherited, and his finishing unemployment rate pales beside that of Democratic administrations. Pitiful isn't it?

And of course, we know about the explosion in deficit spending under Reagan, BushI and now BushII. Under Clinton, he ended his presidency with a budget surplus, low interest rates, low inflation, and low unemployment -- the same conditions that prevailed in every other Democratic administration except for one (Carter).

As for big government, Reagan saw the biggest increase in government under his watch, Dubya comes next, then his old man, and Clinton last. So please, spare me the bullshit.
And only a fascist idiot like you would argue against positive legislation like civil rights. You don't have a problem with shredding the Constitution via the Patriot Act or banning gay marriage though, do you, but us evil old "liberals" how dare we try to ensure equality and justice for all mankind. No one has tried more to legislate morality than the right.

Anyway, what does any of this have to with your being wrong about what you said in the first place? I guess you just like to be consistently wrong in everything.

Thanks for coming out anyway, scooter.



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74. Re: This is cruel... Oct 26, 2004, 15:45 kanniballl
 
When a game, movie, book, CD, magaize or any other media becomes indexed in germany, the title is dead for retail.

You cannot publicly display the title, unless your store is for people 18+ only. You cannot advetise it, and aren't allowed to sell it to anyone 18+

Ah, thanks for the info.


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73. Re: This is cruel... Oct 26, 2004, 15:36 Valtyr
 
When a game, movie, book, CD, magaize or any other media becomes indexed in germany, the title is dead for retail.

You cannot publicly display the title, unless your store is for people 18+ only. You cannot advetise it, and aren't allowed to sell it to anyone 18+

As I said, indexed means dead to retail stores. Because even though one could still sell the titel under the counter after having seen some ID, if people don't even know a store carries the title, most don't even ask. Take it from someone who worked in german video game retail

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72. Re: Larry your a idiot Oct 26, 2004, 15:30 MMORPGHoD
 
Woah, deja vu.

 
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