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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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71. Re: Larry your a idiot Oct 26, 2004, 15:26 Larry
 
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.
-L
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70. No subject Oct 26, 2004, 15:09 aldo_14
 
Post watershed aimed-at-adults cartoon with a reputation for crude humour vs slip-up at mass-televised pre-watershed live sporting event.

great comparison there, really relevant.

 
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69. Re: Ah yes, Socialists... Oct 26, 2004, 14:42 Gandhi
 
Bush has declared war on nations possessing WMD - Weapons of Mass Destruction.

FCC has declared war on channels showing WMF - Wardrobe Mal - Function.



You cannot make anything fool-proof. The fools are too inventive
 
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68. Re: Ah yes, Socialists... Oct 26, 2004, 14:19 kanniballl
 
I was watching a south park the other day. They showed Mr Garrison putting a tube in a S & M guys butt, then sticking a gerbil in the tube so it crawled up his butt.
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Isn't South Park for kids? I literally jumped out of my chair with disbelief at what I was seeing. Gerbils up the butt of homosexuals in a kids show is OK, but Janet Jacksons big breast flopping around at the superbowl is the depths of evil.

LOL, that episode was horrible! HAHAHAHA

Anyway, the difference here is that South Park is not on a network (ABC, NBC, CBS, etc). It's on a "cable" channel, which has far fewer restrictions since you're paying for the ability to own it. Also, South Park is on after a certain time of day (10 PM), which is allowed to show more adult content shows (not porn, jsut stuff kids don't care about).

The FCC tries to ensure that "broadcast" content is overly monitored. By broadcast, I mean anyone can pick up for free with an antenna: FM radio, broadcast TV, etc. For-pay services like satellite radio, cable TV, or satellite TV have far fewer restrictions.


But yeh. The over-reaction to Janet Jackson's boob was pretty horrible. I mean, who the hell cares!?!? What I found funny was how some news channels would show a fuzzed-out version on pratically a repetitive loop while they were saying how bad it was.

Seriously, it's horrible that for weeks on end, the only thing newsworthy was the whole Janet Jackson wardrobe malfunction.



Also, South Park comes with the warning beforehand that it should not be viewed by anyone, let alone those under 14.


"Space. It seems to go on and on forever. But then you get to the end and a gorilla starts throwing barrels at you."
-Fry, Futurmama
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"Space. It seems to go on and on forever. But then you get to the end and a gorilla starts throwing barrels at you."
-Fry, Futurama
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67. Re: Ah yes, Socialists... Oct 26, 2004, 14:16 nin
 
Woohoo a fight..

* starts making the popcorn and pulls out a chair *


Never a dull moment here...

So much testosterone, this site just oozes with it!

http://www.placeboworld.co.uk
 
http://www.nin.com/pub/tension/
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66. Re: Ah yes, Socialists... Oct 26, 2004, 14:15 Wazootyman
 
I think overreaction to sexuality is more a function of a largely Puritan background and simple momentum rather than some kind of conspiracy.

Also, how do you train someone to be gay? Letting them see gay people "acting gay" on TV? o_O

 
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65. Re: Ah yes, Socialists... Oct 26, 2004, 14:12 Sixis
 
South Park is not for kids.

Protecting civil rights, whether they stem from natural law or historical circumstance, is the first duty of a government of free people.

Bush is either incompotent or evil (or both).

We are only training people to be gay because it improves their ability to prepare prisoners for interrogation and because gays make better fashion designers, actors, and hair dressers.

EDIT: AND DARK FORCES WAS NOT 3D! IT USED A SIMILAR TRICK AS DUKE 3D!

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64. Re: Ah yes, Socialists... Oct 26, 2004, 14:03 JosephBlowski
 
"Oh now you've done it.. it won't be long before Joe Blow comes in here with his political trollage."

Hey! I'm famous! Now I have to live up to my reputation.

He is right. Think about it.

You cannot see sex, the most natural thing in the world for any animal on planet earth. They tell you sex is bad, except for homosexuality which is good.

Then they tell you weapons and killing people are good. They produce training simulators like America's Army. The set people up for who they are going to kill with something like that Kuma War set in malaysia or indonesia or some other muslim majority country.

They are denying you sex, which is going to make you mean, angry and mentally crazy. Then they give you the outlet for your emotions; guns and other weapons, and a target, muslims.

Is it really that weird to see all of that? How else do you explain it? Is it only an accident that you cannot see sex or boobs, but you can see all the guns, killing, torture and homosexual encouragement you want?

I was watching a south park the other day. They showed Mr Garrison putting a tube in a S & M guys butt, then sticking a gerbil in the tube so it crawled up his butt.

Isn't South Park for kids? I literally jumped out of my chair with disbelief at what I was seeing. Gerbils up the butt of homosexuals in a kids show is OK, but Janet Jacksons big breast flopping around at the superbowl is the depths of evil.

They are training people to go gay and become violent. It ain't right to do that. Our leaders are supposed to train kids to be good, healthy, honest, sincere, thoughtful, educated and intelligent adults with the integrity to know that killing people because you want their assets is wrong. Lying about WMD so you can invade their country is wrong.

Electing a president who cannot answer a simple question from a 15 year old is insanity.

 
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63. Re: Larry your a idiot Oct 26, 2004, 14:00 Wazootyman
 
Just cuz they may get repealed after a conflict doesnt make them right (Japanese internment camps anyone?)...

And just what is this "conflict" anyway? The war in Iraq? Didn't Bush say that was over (ha ha)? The "peacekeeping" in Iraq? ...And when is *that* ending?

Or is it the latest and greatest in a string of "wars on nouns", the war on "terror"??? Hrm, depending on your definition of "conflict" we could be stuck with the Patriot act for quite some time.

 
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62. Re: Ah yes, Socialists... Oct 26, 2004, 13:55 Gandhi
 
Woohoo a fight..

Hmmmmm ..... unless a follow-up story on HL2 or some Doom 3 story breaks, I give this thread about 150 posts

You cannot make anything fool-proof. The fools are too inventive
 
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61. Re: Larry your a idiot Oct 26, 2004, 13:55 Larry
 
You're the uneducated rube, if your post is any indication. Read about Federalism. Ya know- states rights theory? Dipshit. Read about the history of things like the Patriot Act. Read about how they were used by the Fed as tools during times of conflict AND THEN REPEALED. Have you even read the Patriot Act? You need a legal and historical education to even try to understand it's meaning. I doubt you have either. As you may have guessed, I do. You ponce.
-L

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60. Re: Oct 26, 2004, 13:54 Rseman
 
Canberra may not be the most boring place on earth... Tasmania is in serious competition with it for that right... Come to think of it, Adelaide is in with a chance there as well.... Used to be a common joke that Adelaide was living proof Tasmanians can swim;P

I am fairly damn certain pot is not legal in Canberra, along with spoken words exhibiting signs of intelligence, hence John Howard doing so well with so many:P

 
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59. Re: Ah yes, Socialists... Oct 26, 2004, 13:53 MMORPGHoD
 
Woohoo a fight..

* starts making the popcorn and pulls out a chair *

psst.. get on him about the euro tax burden too!

 
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58. Re: Ah yes, Socialists... Oct 26, 2004, 13:45 Larry
 
HARKEN YE!
The pseudo-politicos of the world shall now burble anally...at least Halsy...

U.S. unempl. = 5.7%, asswipe. http://www.etalkinghead.com/archives/us-unemployment-2004-10-05.html AND http://www.etalkinghead.com/archives/us-unemployment-2004-10-05.html. AND http://money.cnn.com/2004/04/02/news/economy/jobs/ AND
http://www.bls.gov/news.release/empsit.nr0.htm

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."

Just keep praying that whatever numbers spin you've done will somehow keep the conglomeration of Euro banks from watching the Euro eat a big turd in the very near future.

My level of education? You don't apparently understand the nature of American liberalism versus European liberalism. American liberalism = big fed. American conservatism - small fed. Ever heard of Federalism? Ever read Madison? "Family values censorship" creating top-heavy federal government? American liberals for small federal gov't? Don't make me laugh. The American GOP has been far more consistently pro-Federalism, despite the religious right. The American Left has and always will seek to legislate everything- from the way we think to what we see and hear VIA THE FEDERAL GOV'T. That means big federal government. That means top-heavy bureaucracy. Unfort. for the we-know-better-than-you armchair libsticks (and some moral maj. types), one cannot legislate equality, morality, etc. Read history and stop throwing around your half-assed poli-sci and totally bullshit unempl. numbers while assuming no one will correct you.
-L

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57. Re: This is cruel... Oct 26, 2004, 13:40 Pent
 
It's called steam.

 
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56. Re: Ah yes, Socialists... Oct 26, 2004, 13:40 Jaz
 
..err the UK unermployment rate is lower than the majority of Europe and the USA

 
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55. Re: This is cruel... Oct 26, 2004, 13:36 Gandhi
 
Meh ..... all this brouhaha over HL2 not getting certified for sale in Au means only one thing .

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Alyx will be showing her boobies to us Yanks



Edit - oh yeah, Bush sucks, go Nader


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54. Re: This is cruel... Oct 26, 2004, 13:35 kanniballl
 
The real unemployment rate hilarious. Typical "think they are smarter than everyone else but really just wearing a tinfoil hat and pajamas" lefty ..

Well, at one point a while back Bush was releasing numbers saying the unemployment rate was dropping and the economy was doing better.

Everyone called BS.

The numbers they were using were people receiving unemployment benefits. Now, the problem here is two-fold:

  • Unemployment only lasts for so long; maybe 1/2 a year or some number of weeks. After that, you're no longer counted in their statistics.

  • It does not take into account people that took Mc'Jobs so they receive some income.


  • Number 1 was a biggie though. Technically, my mother who's been out of work since Sept 2001 is not counted on that list, even though she was actively looking for work at the time. They wre living on her retirement plan (four-o'-one-kay) until she got something last month.


    My only main pete-peeve with Bush and his economy handling was when his people went up and said "outsourcing is good for the economy!" Yeh, tell that to the 6 friends of mine that got laid-off because their company decided to outsource.

    Personally, I'm still undecided. It's still either "a**hole 1" or "a**hole 2" in my book. Neither are particularly great in my book.



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    -Fry, Futurmama
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    53. Re: This is cruel... Oct 26, 2004, 13:30 DDI
     
    The real unemployment rate hilarious. Typical "think they are smarter than everyone else but really just wearing a tinfoil hat and pajamas" lefty ..

     
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    52. Re: This is cruel... Oct 26, 2004, 13:26 kanniballl
     
    I remember though, Dark Forces was indexed.

    What does that mean?

    I loved that game back in 'the day'. Real 3D space (as opposed to DOOM's fake 3D space), interesting story; fun game.

    What does "indexed" mean in this case?


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    "Space. It seems to go on and on forever. But then you get to the end and a gorilla starts throwing barrels at you."
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