Well, not banned, more like refused classification, and...hey, wait a minute, weren't we supposed to be over this shit?
The Sims series is general fare in most places, as popular with teenagers as it is with older folks. Oh, except in Russia, where fear of the gays and their gay propoganda has the game restricted.
About the only thing really wrong with the 3DS is that, unlike its predecessor, it's region-locked. Though it appears not as region-locked as once thought.
Yesterday news broke that Saints Row IV had been refused classification by the Australian Classification Board, and we’ve just received a copy of the report.
Get a good look at that clip up top, Australians, because you won't be seeing it on your TV screens ever again.
Last year's Mortal Kombat reboot was never released on console in Australia, because it exceeded the country's MA15+ rating. Without an adults-only rating Down Under, the game couldn't be put on shelves.
Zombie paradise action game Dead Island may have been out since early September, but it's only now that the Germans at the wonderfully-named Federal Department of Media Harmful to Young Persons have got around to banning it.
Despite one of the state Attorneys General required to change Australia's classification laws not turning up to a meeting earlier today, those present (and the Federal Government) have agreed "in principle" to institute an adults-only game rating for the country.
Different cultures have different tastes. That's a given, and will always result in slight differences in game ratings. But what's just happened to 3DS game Dead or Alive: Dimensions is too strange to overlook.
The Entertainment Software Ratings Board used to manually assess the content of the games it was awarding a classification to. Now, computers do most of the work. Which must be a bummer to anyone hoping to get a job there.
Since Australia's State Attorneys-General can't ever seem to get their heads together on the issue of a national adults-only rating for video games, one state is breaking off and introducing its own R18+ classification. [Updated]
It sounds like the Australian government, fed up with being the "laughing stock of the developed world", is going to step in and find some way to let Aussie adults play adult video games. About time!
The upcoming Mortal Kombat game is brutal as hell. Meaning, and this shouldn't come as too great a shock to most of you, it's been "banned" in Australia.
Upcoming shooter Bulletstorm, which is revelling in its violent trimmings, has had to face a reckoning of sorts in Germany, with much of the game's trademark content cut just so it could be released.
The Entertainment Software Rating Board, America's classification outfit for video games, has a new iPhone (and Android) app out, and it's surprisingly handy!
But it's not, after a lengthy meeting between government officials earlier today wound up without, as was expected, an adults-only video game rating being introduced. Bummer!