Tag Archives: violence in video games

Target Australia enforces plain packaging for R18+ games

An Australian retailer has taken steps to reduce the appeal of games designed for those aged 18 and above. In much the same way as some territories have enforced the use of plain packaging for cigarettes, Attack of the Fanboy reports that Target is now displaying games with an R18+ …

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Twitch bans AO-rated streaming as Hatred arrives on Steam

Streaming platform Twitch has said that users will not be permitted to stream Adults Only (AO) rated games on its service. The ban applies to all games rated AO by the ESRB in the US, regardless of the region in which they are purchased or played. The decision was made …

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Now Kmart pulls Grand Theft Auto V from shelves

A second Australian retailer has pulled Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto V from sale. Kotaku Australia reports that Kmart Australia has joined Target – both of which are owned by Wesfarmers, incidentally – is dropping GTA V over concerns about its content. Following a significant review of all content in Grand …

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Republicans propose increased dev taxes for violent games

A US tax reform bill from the House Ways and Means Committee has suggested increasing the tax burden for games developers making violent games. Washington Examiner reports that while the bill advocates an improved, permanent R&D tax credit, finally giving American manufacturers the certainty they need to compete against their …

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AUS: Support grows for R18+ rating

Australia is edging closer to the creation of an R18+ classification as preliminary results from the government’s public consultation shows the majority of citizens are in favour of the new rating. The government opened the ongoing debate surrounding the nation’s lack of a mature games rating to the public back …

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AUS: AVP ban in public interest

Australia’s Attorney General has claimed the decision to ban Aliens Vs Predator from release was in the public interest”. Michael Atkinson defended the Office of Film and Literature Classification’s refusal of classification, claiming only a minority of consumers is upset by this ruling. Speaking to ABC News, he said: This …

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War crimes in games are astonishing

Human rights groups are calling upon developers and publisher to address the way war crimes are portrayed in video games. Swiss organisations Trial and Projeventute carried out a study to see if conflicts portrayed in games – and the players’ actions in these situations – broke humanitarian laws that define …

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AUSTRALIA: MW2 terrorism outrage

An Australian lobbyist group has called for Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 to be reclassified after it emerged gamers can play as a terrorist in the game. Leaked gameplay footage showed a player gunning down civilians at an airport earlier this week. The Australian Council on Children and the …

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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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Venezuela to ban violent games?

A proposal to ban sales of violent video games has passed the first hurdle in the Venezuelan National Assembly. If fully approved, the new bill would outlaw the sales of violent games and toys in the country, according to a statement released by the legislative chamber. This move has been …

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