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Australia Censorship Games

Duke Nukem Forever Not Edited For Australia 156

Posted by timothy
from the so-you'll-need-subtitles dept.
dotarray writes "In case you still somehow didn't believe yesterday's news that Duke Nukem Forever had been given an MA15+ rating in Australia – effectively evading the notoriously strict censors, GamePron now has confirmation that the Duke has not been edited in any way for an Australian release. Hooray!"
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Duke Nukem Forever Not Edited For Australia

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  • by Merls the Sneaky (1031058) on Friday February 11, 2011 @04:10AM (#35171446)

    Left 4 dead 2 had zombie corpses despawning before they hit the ground, no decapitations or amputations, no blood or gore.

    It's horrendous to play in that condition. The rules are not applied equally either. It depends on which particular censor you get. Studios can of course contest the rating to a higher board which seems to be a little better.

  • by mjwx (966435) on Friday February 11, 2011 @04:24AM (#35171526)

    effectively evading the notoriously strict censors

    The Classification Board is aware of just how much of a joke it's become. They've figured out that anything remotely popular now has to be given an M15+ rating regardless of content because they've been threatened by state governments to have their mandate pulled if they start trying to censor things. Basically they've become toothless, refuse classification and the media will drag you thought the mud so they'll just rubber stamp any level of violence and nudity even when it should be clearly restricted.

    Basically this was the worst possible scenario for former attorney general Michael Atkinson, as 15 yr olds can now legally buy material that should be in the Restricted (R18+) category ironically because Atkinson opposed the introduction of a restricted category for video games. Hell, a 12 or 13 yr old could get it as they dont really do ID checks for M rated films, not to mention parents who dont understand the content that will buy it.

    Well you made the bed Michael, now you have to lie in it.

  • by Sparx139 (1460489) on Friday February 11, 2011 @04:53AM (#35171642)
    I know I deserve a whoosh for this, but I'm in a pedantic mood
    So long as we're ignoring the huge figures of people moving here from overseas: Actually, we're the grandchildren of petty theives. The nasty ones all would've been hanged back in England.

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