Venezuala has apparently passed a law banning “video and war games and toys prompting violence to help improve child education and prevent misconduct“. According to the Prensa Latina site (via Slashdot and TorstenFo), the new law “imposes a fine and 2-5 years in prison on the import, production, distribution, sale, hiring and use of video games… Continue reading Venezuala bans violent videogames and toys
2009 has seen a fair deal of controversy regarding games censorship and classification. Here’s some of the highlights: Left 4 Dead 2: The general release version of Left 4 Dead 2 was refused classification by the Australian Classification Board, despite Valve’s attempts to appeal that ruling. In a nutshell: L4D2 is a pretty…intense game in… Continue reading Games censorship and classification in 2009
The new Digital Economy Bill proposes for the first time a single UK games rating system under the control of the Video Standards Council. GamesBrief is carrying our article on it here…
We’ve previously blogged about South Australia’s (ultimately successful) attempt to cut everything popular out of Left 4 Dead 2 – bye bye gore, violence and (presumably) the more offensive zombies, on the basis that Austalia’s game classification system only goes up to 15 and L4D2 as a game goes well beyond that rating. The obvious… Continue reading Australia turns banhammer on Modern Warfare 2?
The ongoing saga as to whether or not Australia will permit the full version of Left 4 Dead 2 in all its zombie-mowing-down glory (see here and here for previous instalments) appears finally to be come to an end. Gamesindustry.biz reports that the Australian Classification Review Board has turned down publisher EA’s appeal against a… Continue reading News: Australia conclusively pwns L4D2
Another twist in the battle between Valve, Australia’s game classification board and the countless thousands of zombies which comprise Left 4 Dead 2 (see our first blog entry on this farce here; thanks for the update on this story are due to Slashdot). It seems that Valve has prepared a “compromise” version of L4D2 with which the Australian game… Continue reading News: Australia vs L4D2: Part 2
An eventful week in the ongoing battle between national regulators and the games industry. Australia vs Left 4 Dead 2Australia has banned Left 4 Dead 2 on the basis that it is, well, just too violent. Apparently the Australia game classification system simply does not contain an 18+ rating and, L4D2 being what is is,… Continue reading News: Australia and Germany pwn L4D2 and Wolfenstein respectively
This week saw us fascinated by news that the much-loved Video Recordings Act 1984 was never officially enacted and therefore cannot be enforced. Passed amid a moral panic over “video nasties”, the act regulates the classification of both films and games in the UK and creates an offence where a work is sold to an… Continue reading Commentary: Video Recordings Act – Epic Fail