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Syndicate refused classification in Australia due to gore

By Alice O'Connor, Dec 20, 2011 6:00am PST

Australia's lack of an 'adults-only' rating for video games has seen Starbreeze's FPS reboot Syndicate effectively banned down under, singled out for gore, dismemberment, mutilating corpses, and killing civilians.

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"Hopefully they'll do what Sega did with AvP3 and refuse to self-censor the game. Australia ..."

- Marrbe see all 6 comments

The Witcher 2 Aussie censorship dodged on GOG

By Alice O'Connor, May 10, 2011 7:00am PDT

It's Witcher Fun Day at GOG, with the original up for $5 and a tech tweak which coincidentally lets Aussies get its sequel uncensored.

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"That's not really correct anymore. Michael Atkinson was the Attorney General for South ..."

- Cynicide see all 25 comments

Australian Attorney-General Atkinson Resigns, Opening Door for End to Video Game 'Bans'

By Alice O'Connor, Mar 22, 2010 9:40am PDT

Australian attorney-general and violent video games opponent Michael Atkinson has resigned, the Sydney Morning Herald reports, potentially opening...

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"GREAT SUCCESS this guy was a complete FUCKING MORON nintendo wii tennis play MORON ruined ..."

- landaishan see all 16 comments

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Censored in Russia; Gains Developer Console via Hack

By Chris Faylor, Nov 17, 2009 11:59am PST

Two of the more controversial aspects of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 have both seen significant developments, one in an official capacity and...

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"If they discount the price or offer a better deal around the time their DLC comes out, then it ..."

- Seannao see all 126 comments

World of Warcraft Ordered to Shut Down in China

By Alice O'Connor, Nov 03, 2009 9:53am PST

A Chinese regulatory authority has ordered World of Warcraft's Chinese licensing partner NetEase to cease operating Blizzard's MMORPG in the...

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"Actually Hong Kong do their own thang. They generally aren't under the rule of the rest of ..."

- nwillard see all 86 comments

Left 4 Dead 2 May Be Censored in Australia (Updated)

By Chris Faylor, Oct 07, 2009 12:10pm PDT

Update: Australia's OFLC has classified a censored Left 4 Dead 2 for sale under the MA 15+ rating. A copy of the report obtained by GameSpot...

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"Pretty sure we had to do 3 different versions of Fallout, not counting languages, for release in ..."

- Evan_C see all 52 comments

It Sand Time: China Censoring World of Warcraft

By Nick Breckon, Aug 06, 2009 2:48pm PDT

Following six weeks of downtime as World of Warcraft transitions to a new Chinese operator, the game has finally returned to service with an open...

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"fuck the communist shithead. they can't control what i pay $15 a month for my stuff. just play ..."

- RiceBunny15 see all 50 comments

Mortal Kombat vs. DC Censored for Teen Rating

By Chris Faylor, Oct 27, 2008 7:26am PDT

With Midway Chicago's magical fighter Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe (PS3, 360) nearing its November 16 release, the game has seen some of its more...

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"What they SHOULD do is release multiple damn versions of the game! The T rating version so that ..."

- matrixneo42 see all 61 comments

Gears of War 2 Won't Hit Two Countries

By Blake Ellison, Oct 22, 2008 9:58am PDT

Another game renowned for its violence--this time Epic's Gears of War 2 (360)--will not see store shelves in Japan or Germany. "We can confirm...

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"Mmno I'm not implying that, I'm rather implying that if Asia and Japan are separate regions on ..."

- Endymion_ see all 48 comments

MadWorld Not Planning Releases in Censor-Heavy Countries

By Blake Ellison, Oct 03, 2008 8:00pm PDT

PlatinumGames' MadWorld, the action-adventure Wii game from the studio composed of Resident Evil, Viewtiful Joe, God Hand and Okami veterans, is so...

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"My suggestion for those people who find the violence in this video game to be excessive: Don't ..."

- afroninja see all 42 comments

Fallout 3 Dev: Drug Censorship 'Biggest Non-Issue in the History of Video Games'

By Blake Ellison, Oct 01, 2008 10:59am PDT

Bethesda VP Pete Hines finds the outcry over Fallout 3's censorship just a touch overblown. "It is seriously the biggest non-issue in the...

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"Yeah man. Modern PCs are way more powerful than any console on the market. Too bad to one ..."

- Slyvena see all 41 comments

Dead Space Producer on Censorship, EA

By Blake Ellison, Sep 11, 2008 5:00pm PDT

Glen Schofield, executive producer of EA Redwood Shores' sci-fi survival horror game Dead Space, added to the speculation circling around the...

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"Eh, not really seeing any similarities at all, other than small things that have been in other ..."

- deadhorse see all 27 comments

Fallout 3 Censorship Goes Global

By Blake Ellison, Sep 09, 2008 3:18pm PDT

Bethesda has revealed that following trouble with the ratings board in Australia, all versions of Fallout 3 will be identically censored when the...

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"I'd snort that shit. Grind down an HP-Absorb materia and go fucking crazy."

- Master Tonberry see all 331 comments

Report: Dead Space Banned in Three Countries [Updated]

By Blake Ellison, Sep 05, 2008 1:19pm PDT

Update: Dead Space is not yet banned in Germany, as the game is still under review at ratings board USK, according to Eurogamer.de. (Link is in...

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"Yes, down with us Gaijins! LOL! Seriously, though... you hit the jackpot with the words ..."

- monchipeters see all 70 comments

Thailand Begins Crackdown on 'Dangerous Games,' Bans Five Titles

By Chris Faylor, Sep 03, 2008 8:23am PDT

As part of its ongoing attempts to protect youth from video games, the Thailand government has officially banned five video games from sale within...

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"i'm surprised they didn't ban Rockstar's State of Emergency."

- smax see all 33 comments