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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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31. Re: Europe Oct 26, 2004, 11:57 Riley Pizt
 
Can't say anything good about America or Americans
You do realize that Half-Life 2 was created by an American company. I guess you won't buy it then, eh?

 
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30. Re: Australian Censorship Oct 26, 2004, 11:53 Riley Pizt
 
I remember getting my copy of Duke Nukem Forever
You must be a time traveler because that game has not been released yet and probably won't be until the year 3000 or so. Either that or 3DRealms finally finished the game and quietly shipped it to Australia without telling anyone else.

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29. Re: Europe Oct 26, 2004, 11:51 EvilGoof_Trollboy
 
Can't say anything good about America or Americans so I won't say anything.

Proud to be an citizen of planet Earth
Twat

 
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28. Re: Oct 26, 2004, 11:46 Riley Pizt
 
I guess the United States isn't the only censorship-fucked up country
The U.S. has virtually no government censorship of any media form at all. The FCC has a pretty loose set of standards for broadcast radio and television networks and stations, but cable television, satellite TV and radio, movies, music, and games are totally unregulated by the government for content (with the exception of child pornography). The movie and games industries self-regulate using a voluntary rating system, but the government has no part in it.

I don't have tits on public TV
I guess you have never watched the FOX network. Seriously, the U.S. television broadcast networks are one of the few media providers were you don't regularly find bare breasts.

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27. Re: Australian Censorship Oct 26, 2004, 11:42  famished 
 
Man baldric you hit the nail on the head. It's amazingly stupid...

I remember getting my copy of Duke Nukem Forever and the aus version had the parental lock permanently on. I thought "these guys must be on drugs". What do ya know.


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26. Europe Oct 26, 2004, 11:28 Ahumado
 
Can't say anything good about Europe or Europeans so I won't say anything.

Proud to be an American
Good God!

Sam Owens

 
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25. No subject Oct 26, 2004, 11:23 aldo_14
 
Canberra is one of the most boring places in existence, I've read.

(Bill Bryson book IIRC)

 
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24. Re: Australian Censorship Oct 26, 2004, 11:15 Reactor
 
From what I understand, if a game is going to be banned over here, someone then turns around the game company and asks something like, "Could you make the blood green?" and then all the problems go away. It's happened before a number of times, so I'd be surprised if HL2 doesn't appear in aus (assuming it doesn't meet the MA 15+ rating).

 
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23. Re: Australian Censorship Oct 26, 2004, 11:11 ashridah
 
"Pot isn't illegal in Sydney?? Really?"

Sydney is not Australia's capital.
Canberra is, which, funnily enough is in a tiny Australian state called ACT... or Australian Capital Territory





 
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22. Re: Australian Censorship Oct 26, 2004, 11:11 kanniballl
 
I don't understand this, what the hell is in HL2 that would put it in a 15+ ratings catagory? If this was America and the game got 17+ I'd expect either a TON of blood or any realistic sexuality (fuckin' puritans). But the Europeans?

Well, look at what constitutes a PG-13 movie in the US, which is for 13 and older.

Gunplay
mild cursing
mature subject matters

In PG-13 movies, you rarely see any blood and funshot victims are at a distance and there isn't much detail.

A 15+ rating would be for kids 15 or older. This makes sense, as in Half-Life 2 you'll be shooting combine soldiers, zombies, alien life forms, etc. Then you have the "gib" factor, where you make minced-meat out of said enemies by leading them to fan blades or using explosives.

A 2 year difference between that and just seeing people shoot guns isn't a big stretch.

Add to that, most of the world (like Europe, I can't speak for Australia) is less tolerant with violence in media than we are (the US). Sure, they're more lax on nudity, but you have to admit most of our stuff is pretty violent. So I don't find it hard to believe that a FPS game would get a 15+ rating.

However, as for it not being sold, that's gotta suck. I'd have to hope that they'd still be allowed to use Steam to buy it.

"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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21. Re: Australian Censorship Oct 26, 2004, 11:08 MeatForce
 
Posts below bring up a good point? If it gets banned, is Steam still allowed to be used?

I'm wondering if it wouldn't work something like the iTunes Music Store, where you can browse all you like from anywhere in the world, but the credit card used for payment must have its billing address in an 'appropriate' country (ie: US or UK for ITMS; not Aus for Steam/HL2)..

Just wondering.. But it would make some sense that Valve would try to respect local ratings, no?

I seem to recall being asked if I lived in the same country as my credit card (or something to that effect) when doing the HL2 purchase over Steam -- maybe this is why?


edit: hmm.. not so sure it could work that way after all, as I'm now realizing that this would bring up an interesting issue: tourism; if one of Steam's big draws is that you can log-on from any computer anywhere, then theoretically an American (ie: a purchaser with a US credit card) could go to Australia and log-into their Steam account. Steam would then begin to DL the 'illicit' caches, corrupting the youth and incommoding the passers-by.. 'course, it's an American tourist I'm talking about, so maybe that's a given :oI'm kidding FFS!

Anyway, I'm still not sure of a better way to organize it, but I could see potential for some problems there..


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20. Re: Australian Censorship Oct 26, 2004, 11:06 Sixis
 
I don't understand this, what the hell is in HL2 that would put it in a 15+ ratings catagory? If this was America and the game got 17+ I'd expect either a TON of blood or any realistic sexuality (fuckin' puritans). But the Europeans? Either this game has hardcore sex with visible genitals or you kill innocent people or something....Why does every news story about HL2 make me want to see just what's in it? Their PR people are just insanely good.  
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19. Re: Australian Censorship Oct 26, 2004, 11:03 tacomodo
 
Pot isn't illegal in Sydney?? Really?

 
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18. Re: Australian Censorship Oct 26, 2004, 10:52 nin
 
Posts below bring up a good point? If it gets banned, is Steam still allowed to be used?

How many AU users are posting here? More than I thought...pretty cool, Blues News being worldwide!

Oh, and curse you (again) Voodoo Extreme, for beating me to the punch to submit this to Blue!

http://www.placeboworld.co.uk
 
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17. Never works Oct 26, 2004, 10:52 Xii
 
Someday people will realize that once you ban something everyone is suddenly interested in whatever it is creating a buzz. The thing you wanted to suppress becomes something people who might not have cared before suddenly want and will get anyway possible. You lose tax money on sales because people are buying goods through back channels and other countries, brilliant! Someone should tell them to aim that gun away from their feet.

 
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16. Re: Australian Censorship Oct 26, 2004, 10:50 mittens
 
I'm still curious as to how a game cannot meet the the highest rating available if it is an open-ended rating; I mean, 15+ should cover Johnny until the day he dies.

 
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15. Re: Australian Censorship Oct 26, 2004, 10:48 terrapin
 
Won't happen. Games are only "banned" here if they have sexual content. As far as I'm aware, no straight-out action game has been banned unless it was fucked up in ways other than just a lot of violence (eg. Manhunter).

 
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14. Re: No subject Oct 26, 2004, 10:48 changingman
 
NB: changingman = Paul Weller reference?

Yep. Stanley Road is the only album I own where I love every single song.

Oh, and although I said the BBFC does a good job, there's one area they fall down - 18 to watch a film where people have sex, yet 16 is the age of consent. So one can have sex at 16, but they are still not old enough to watch it.

 
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13. Australian Censorship Oct 26, 2004, 10:40 Baldric
 
If you think the censorship down here is bad, get this...

In all of Australia, pot and *hard* porn are illegal, except in... you guessed it, THE NATION'S CAPITAL.

The overpaid, underworked pollies are probably getting their copies of HL2, enjoying a bong and watching smut as we speak... and they wonder why the country is screwed.

 
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12. No subject Oct 26, 2004, 10:32 Ingen_Jegger
 
I can't see how they can ban it when they've let doom3 through with an MA15+ rating. Not to mention GTA, SOF2, et al.

 
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