AU Retailers: "Wait Out" Silent Hill Ban

NEWS.com.au has a story about the Australian OFLC's refusal to classify Silent Hill: Homecoming, meaning the just-released survival/horror sequel cannot be sold down under (story). They say game retailers in Australia are advising customers to "wait out" the ban in hopes an edited version is released. They also report, "Staff at EB Games and Game stores said customers who had pre-ordered the game would be refunded if the title remained banned." The article also discusses the possibility of the addition of an adults-only R18+ rating, expressing hopes that this will possibly be redressed at a meeting in November. On a related note, IGN has details on what exactly the OFLC found so objectionable about the game, which apparently involves gore and power tools.
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Snuff movies (or kiddie porn) being illegal isn't really censorship in the same way - it's because they are the result of a first degree crime. You can't make a snuff movie without committing murder.

The censorship that everyone gets riled up about (and rightly so) is of the 'you can't have this because it goes against community values' kind. What community values? I'm part of the community to, what about my values? Why do I have to be laden with the world views of some conservative old man?

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Censorship has it's place.

In the trash along with the other archaic concepts of absolutely no value.
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Wait out the ban? They will be waiting a very long time.

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Possibly the best explanation of what's wrong with censorship and suitability with regard to media I've read on this site. Good post, NKD. And I agree fully.

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If you approve of it's use, then you can't really complain about the position at which they have drawn the line.

Exactly. Since no one will ever agree where to draw the line, you must accept that it is going to probably be more restrictive than you would like. What is offensive to some, is not offensive to others. No ones view is more right than anyone elses. So you either have censorship, or you don't.

The only forms of entertainment that should be restricted , in my view, are those that result in, or result from, the harming of others against their will. I.e. kiddy porn and the like. And that has nothing to do with censorship, that's just preventing crimes and exploitation.

Certain kinds of content need to be handled more carefully, such as what kids are allowed to watch or do, but that should be handled by a rating system and a watchful parent, not censorship.

Restricting content for grown adults is just unacceptable.

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Censorship has it's place. I'm glad you can't buy snuff movies over the counter. Things like that have no place in society

Where do you draw the line though? You might be perfectly acceptable with any number of things that others may feel "have no place in society". Likewise, others may feel snuff movies are perfectly acceptable provided they are viewed only in the privacy of one's own home.

You're either really for censorship (of this nature) or against it. If you approve of it's use, then you can't really complain about the position at which they have drawn the line.

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Very surprised to see Australia to continue to be so backwards about this.
One man. That's all it's taken to keep us held back. Australia's answer to Jack Thompson. Unfortunately Michael Aitkenson is in a position of power that allows him to block the passage of any amendments to the laws regarding the ratings system.

Censorship sucks. Always has, always will.
Censorship has it's place. I'm glad you can't buy snuff movies over the counter. Things like that have no place in society. It's when censorship goes overboard and turns us into a nanny state, is when we seriously need to examine the censors.

Meanwhile those who want it will use play-asia for $60 and the scam artist retailers can shove their $110 a game up their collective.
And then there is this undeniable truth. If I wanted to play, I'd rather import anyway. We're being so badly shafted by the retail chains, it's cheaper to get it from overseas.

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Meanwhile those who want it will use play-asia for $60 and the scam artist retailers can shove their $110 a game up their collective.
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Censorship sucks. Always has, always will.

I'm a 34 year old adult living in Western Australia and there's stuff I'm not allowed to play because their highest rating is 15+? Huh?

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It sounds like Australia is nearly as backwards politically as the UK... glad to see we've got some competition.
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I would ban this game in every country everywhere. That is how much it sucks. Yay for Australia. They got it right this one time.....

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Very surprised to see Australia to continue to be so backwards about this.
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Australia sucks.

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If you are talking about Kevin Rudd, he is not a girly man, he is an genderless android, and he has nothing to do with this ban.

If you are talking about Michael Atkinson, he is not a girly man, he is a cranky old fossil.

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Aussie Aussie Aussie .....wip! wip! wip!
Thats what you get for voting in a girly man.

Um .. Behind you...
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Oct 1, 2008, 00:36
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Like they have a choice?

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