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Ukie relaunches AskAboutGames with VSC Rating Board

Ukie and the VSC Rating Board have re-launched age rating site, AskAboutGames.com. The two organisations will jointly run and fund the website, which contains information about PEGI age ratings, online safety insight, advice on family-friendly games and tips on how to use parental controls effectively. Heading up the newly re-launched …

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Russia slaps 18+ rating on The Sims 4 due to inclusion of gay relationships

Upcoming EA title The Sims 4 has been given an 18+ age rating in Russia owing to the country’s laws regarding promoting homosexuality to minors. The news was confirmed by the Russian Sims Twitter account, which Arstechnica translates as saying: "18+ [rating] has been assigned in accordance with the law …

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Smooth sailing so far for the R18+ rating

An inquiry has been made since the R18+ bill was submitted to parliament, finding that it should move ahead without further public consultation. The report goes through ten pages of usual bureaucracy acknowledging the committee members, the on page 11 has its list of recommendations. There is only one recommendation …

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R18+ due by 1st January 2013

GameSpot is reporting that the new Federal Minister for Home Affairs is predicting an R18+ rating by next year. Jason Clare indicated that he believes the bill will become legislation by 1st January 2013, after introducing the bill into parliament today. It was initially unknown whether the previous Minister for …

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R18+ rating bill to be introduced to parliament in 2 weeks

After excessive debate, changes and moral panic, an R18+ rating bill is set to be introduced to parliament in 2 weeks time. Gamespot is reporting the news, but warns that the process is an arduous one and that it may yet take some time before an R18+ rating is introduced. …

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Sex scene leads to second Darkness II classification Down Under

An interesting anomaly on the Australian Classification Board web site had The Darkness II classified in JulyandDecember. When the July classification occured, the game was still set for an October release, but a version listed as ‘modified’ was classified again in December. Both classifications carry an MA15+ rating. The July …

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House of the Dead Overkill: Extended Cut wins appeal for AU age rating

After being refused classification when it was initially submitted, House of the Dead: Overkill: Extended Cut has won its appeal and is now rated MA15+. The Australian Classification Board refused classification for the HD PS3 version of the existing House of the Dead: Overkill for Wii, which had only minor …

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AUSTRALIA: R18+ meeting delayed

Australia will continue to go without an R18+ age rating for video games after a meeting concerning the certificate was delayed. In December Australia’s state attorney-generals agreed to draft guidelines for the introduction of an R18+ certificate for games by March 4th. This date has now been delayed due to …

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PEGI rating system implemented in Austria

The Viennese Provincial Government has decreed to adopt the PEGI age rating system in order to more efficiently restrict young peoples access to adult themed video games in Austria. The Viennese Youth Protection Act will need to be amended in order for the system to be built into the law, …

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