PAX Australia gets detailed this week, GameArena is in trouble, while, in spite of an R18+ rating, not one but two games feel the ban hammer.
Here’s a roundup of the biggest news this week on MCVuk.com’s sister site MCV Pacific:
- Saint's Row IV was decreed too sexually violent and too drug-use incentivising to be fit for Australian audiences this week. We take a closer look at the ruling and what it means.
- State of Decay befell the ban hammer just hours after Saint's Row IV, making it the second game to be Refused Classification after the R18+ rating has been implemented.
- A timely one day before the twin bannings above, Josh Cavaleri from the Interactive Games and Entertainment Association wrote an op ed piece for ABC Tech bemoaning the broken state of the classification system in spite of the newly formed R18+ rating.
- It looks like longstanding Australian gaming web site GameArena, housed under Telstra BigPond, might not be long for this world, with freelancers leaving, video content being shut down and more bad signs plaguing the site.
- PAX Australia has been largely detailed now, with Microsoft set to show XBox One on stage, Gearbox to have a dedicated Borderlands 2 panel, Ubisoft and Nintendo taking large booths, Riot Games hosting a huge League of Legends tournament and Nintendo hosting a Pokemon tourney of its own.
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