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Switzerland passes violent games ban

Just a month after the proposals were first outlined in full, the Swiss National Council has now officially passed a law that will ultimately lead to the complete ban of any violent video games in the country. GamesMarkt reports that the full implications of the ruling will not be known …

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Switzerland pursues violent games ban

With violent games currently causing a stir in Australia, closer to home it has emerged that Switzerland is now considering banning violent video games outright in the territory. A resolution restricting the sale of mature games to minors has already been passed unopposed, according to Gamesmarkt, and will be now …

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Microsoft speaks out on Live lawsuit

Xbox 360 platform holder Microsoft has responded to news that a US law firm is looking to take it to court over claims that its decision to block Xbox Live access for modded consoles was strategically made as the hectic Q4 busy seasons gets underway. Piracy is illegal and modifying …

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Activision denies Russian MW2 ban

Despite widespread reports to the contrary, publisher Activision Blizzard has firmly denied that its recently released Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 has been banned in Russia thanks to its controversial terrorist level – which, incidentally, is called ‘No Russian’. Reports that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 has been …

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AUSTRALIA: Left 4 Dead 2 ban lifted

Electronic Arts’ upcoming Left 4 Dead 2 has been classified for release in Australia. The game was banned in the territory last month for its violent content, but the Australian Classification Board’s website now shows it has been given the maximum rating of MA 15+. A Valve spokesperson told Kotaku …

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AUSTRALIA: Left 4 Dead 2 banned

Left 4 Dead 2 has been refused classification in Australia, banning it from release. The Australian Classification Board stated the upcoming EA title had failed to comply with the current guidelines for a maximum rating of MA 15+, according to Gamespot. The game contains realistic, frenetic and unrelenting violence which …

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DIGITAL BRITAIN: VSC given new powers

Baroness Shephard, president of the Video Standards Council, believes that today’s decision from the government to give PEGI the sole power to rate the UK’s video games has made the nation’s kids that bit safer. The Government has today taken a major step to improve child safety, online and offline, …

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GERMANY: Calls for violent games ban

Germany has moved one step closer to a sweeping national ban on violent games in a move that could not only dent the European market for mature games but also threaten the country’s games industry. GamePolitics reports that 16 of the country’s interior ministers have joined forces to petition the …

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Germany closing in on violent games ban?

Following the recent tragic school shootings in Winnenden, pressure seems to be mounting for a total ban on violent games in Germany, a territory already renowned for its tough stance on violent content. A recent piece, translated by GamePolitics, in a German newspaper by the head of the National German …

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Miyamoto banned from discussing hobbies

UK broadsheet The Times is reporting that Nintendo has ‘banned’ its legendary development guru Shigeru Miyamoto from discussing his hobbies with the outside world as the firm fears such talk may offer an insight into what he has planned next for the company. Apparently, titles such as Brain Training, Wii …

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