Can you pirate your own video game?

Hotline Miami 2, the forthcoming sequel to the excellent indie game Hotline Miami (note: I wrote that in bold, underline and italics to show how much I mean it), has been denied classification in Australia (another victim of the relatively restrictive local age rating system there).  So its developer instead just told Australian fans to pirate the… Continue reading Can you pirate your own video game?

Australia, Steam and consumer legal rights in video games

If you decide you don’t want your purchased Steam, Xbox Live or Apple iOS game anymore, or if it doesn’t work as promised or at all, what rights do you have legally? I get such questions a LOT.  While there is a body of law about this area of consumer protection, sadly there is little in… Continue reading Australia, Steam and consumer legal rights in video games

Sony brings landmark modchips lawsuit in Australia

Sony is bringing a potentially landmark lawsuit against a PS3 modchip seller over the legality of modchips in Australia. Most recently, Sony secured a temporary injunction against the seller, Ozmodchips.com, banning them from selling any modchips while the lawsuit proceeds. In this guest post, Melchor Raval comments on the lawsuit and what it could mean… Continue reading Sony brings landmark modchips lawsuit in Australia

Australia edges closer to an 18 games rating?

New South Australian Attorney General John Rau says he’s currently neutral on the issue of an 18 age rating for games in the country, reports Gamesindustry.biz. He told Gamespot AU that he had “no preconceptions about this issue and intend[s] to listen to the arguments” but that, until he has been able to read up on… Continue reading Australia edges closer to an 18 games rating?

Nintendo ‘wins’ Australian modchip lawsuit, but are modchips actually illegal Down Under?

GamePolitics reports that the Australian Federal Court “has ordered RSJ IT Solutions, operators of the website GadgetGear, to stop selling R4 mod chips for the Nintendo DS and to pay Nintendo $520,000 AU in damages“. You might fairly assume from that headline that modchips are illegal in Australia.  Not so.  When we previously discussed the… Continue reading Nintendo ‘wins’ Australian modchip lawsuit, but are modchips actually illegal Down Under?

Australia turns banhammer on Modern Warfare 2?

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?

News: Australia conclusively pwns L4D2

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

News: Australia vs L4D2: Part 2

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

News: Australia and Germany pwn L4D2 and Wolfenstein respectively

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