Australian Classification Board Calls For Focus Groups


The past week has been an especially hectic one in the world of video game classification. One after the other, both Saints Row IV and State of Decay were refused classification by the Australian Classification Board, marking the first “bannings”, so to speak, since the R18+ Rating was introduced at the start of the year. Though if you’re feeling particularly irked by all this, or even irked by the rampant inconsistency the ACB seem to display on an almost regular basis, you can apply to change that. Sort of. The Australian Classification Board are calling for people to join a focus group to consult on a range of media classification matters. Continue reading Australian Classification Board Calls For Focus Groups

[Updated] State of Decay Refused Classification

StateOfDecay_logoUndead Labs’ survival horror title State of Decay has been given a Refused Classification rating by the Australian Classification Board. The developer revealed this news on its official forums, where Executive Producer Jeff Strain said that the game had  “run afoul of certain prohibitions regarding the depiction of drug use.”  Strain further explained that, “We are working with Microsoft to come up with options, including changing names of certain medications in the game to comply with ratings requirements. Whatever our path forward, it’s going to take a bit…Rest assured we’ll do everything we can to find a way to get the game into your hands.”

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[Updated] Saints Row IV Refused Classification

Ever since the R18+ rating for video games was introduced at the start of the year, you’d think this’d all be over. We’d never have to worry about any video game ever being refused classification by the Australian Classification Board because we have the maximum rating – no video game could ever be so messed up that it’d be get refused classification now that we have the R18+ right? Well…it happened. Mark it down – Tuesday June 25th 2013 as the day the first video game post R18+ gets refused classification – Saints Row IV.
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Xbox One Drops Controversial DRM

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Ever since the Xbox One was announced, it’s been met with an insane amount of backlash for a console that hasn’t even been released yet. You can thank most of that with Microsoft announcing a number of DRM measures that proved to be unpopular as all hell. Not even at E3, where whilst Microsoft did have a good showing, didn’t seem to be changing their mind – despite it being the best time to clarify/rectify those policies. That also didn’t help with Don Mattrick, head of Interactive Entertainment at Microsoft, demonstrating how to put his foot in his mouth. So the week after E3, what do Microsoft go ahead and do? They go ahead and change their policies. Practically all of them. Continue reading Xbox One Drops Controversial DRM

NG+ Feature – Planeswalker Plus 'The Intro Decks'

Meet our four players who will be building a Magic: The Gathering deck in Planeswalker Plus! Our host, Alice Clarke, introduces Brad, Shane, Leigh and Viola and gets them started on their quest to build the ultimate standard deck. Check in next month as the deckbuilding continues and we try out the mini masters format.

New Game Plus – S02E19

It's Part 1 of our E3-pisodes as Kirsty and Matt click their ruby slippers together and remember there's no place like Xbone! Check out the wrap of the E3 main press conferences, meet the players of Planeswalker Plus and reminisce with Serby from WaR on his first console. Unfortunately things got too fiery with Fire Emblem Awakening, which will be coming to you next week, but we didn't forget Remember Me. All this, plus more, on episode 55 of New Game Plus.

New Game Plus – S02E18

Raise your Mag Shields, the contents of this week’s episode are explosive! Jason and Matt dive for cover and team up for a FUSE review. 2K Games are well stocked with previews of the upcoming Borderlands 2 DLC and The Bureau: XCOM Declassified! Big bad Brad returns with an anime wrap up, Donald explores the mind bending world of Antichamber, Kirsty gets Finger Tied while Shane and company bust ghosts in Luigi’s Mansion 2. All this and more in episode 54 of New Game Plus!

Iwata arrested for dropping bombs: Nintendo E3

iMnUXruNHjHexIn what has been a steady day of console hardware and software announcements, each big wig company has taken to the floor with their respective pressers. Sony, Microsoft, even EA and Ubisoft have all showed off their latest and greatest in video gaming products. However, one company have decided to deviate from the usual formula and march to the beat of their own drum. That company is none other than Nintendo who at the time of writing just wrapped up their Nintendo Direct concerning E3 announcements. Read on for the juicy details!

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Sony's E3 2013 Press Conference

PS4With a fairly strong showing from Microsoft’s conference, Sony had a lot to show alot (including the console itself) in order to one up their competition. However the PS4 was not the only thing on the agenda for sony as they kicked off their show with lots of games.

First up came the sprooking of their current generation platforms with Vita getting The Walking Dead 400 days, some HD remakes and PSN titles like flower. Also the PS3 got some quick trailers from Puppeteer, Rain, Beyond Two Souls, Gran Tourismo 6, Batman Arkham Origins as well as getting a GTAV bundle with a headset. But this is all current gen and not what we stay up all night to hear about. We of course came to see the PS4 and what games would bring us into the new generation.

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