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Australia considering iPhone app censorship

srjh (1316705) writes | about 4 years ago

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srjh (1316705) writes "Having raised concerns about "the classification of games playable on mobile telephones", the Australian government has now "put the wheels in motion to address this". Under current Australian legislation, video games sold in the country must pay between $470 and $2040 to have the game classified, and due to the lack of an 18+ rating in Australia, if it is not found to be suitable for a 15-year-old, it is banned outright. This is the fate met by several recent titles, such as Left 4 Dead 2 and Fallout 3. Over 200,000 applications are available for the iPhone, many of them games, and developers have raised concerns about the prohibitive costs involved, with many announcing an intention to drop the Australian market altogether if the plan proceeds. However the current loophole constitutes a loss of millions of dollars in revenue for the government, which is currently attempting to have "refused classification" content such as banned video games blocked at an ISP level."
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Fact-check please? (1)

Kanel (1105463) | about 4 years ago | (#33286708)

Australia banned Fallout 3? As in you couldn't legally buy Fallout 3 in Australia?

Re:Fact-check please? (1)

srjh (1316705) | about 4 years ago | (#33288376)

Most games that are banned are modified and resubmitted. Fallout 3 contained fewer drug references and L4D2 ended up with much less gore and bodies which disappeared almost instantly. I've heard that a few publishers have just told Australia to get stuffed instead, but I can't remember any off the top of my head. But a reliable source for the banning of Fallout 3 can be found here [smh.com.au] . Unfortunately most publishers now just self-censor and submit a modified version (such as GTA4), if they don't deliberately get it banned to get attention (and push up sales amongst 15-year-olds when it finally gets approved because... we don't have an adult rating. Go figure.)

And in case there is any confusion - no, it's not the games that have to pay the fee, it's the publishers. Should have worded that better.

Re:Fact-check please? (1)

Kanel (1105463) | about 4 years ago | (#33298300)

Ah I see. Thanks

bugger.. (1)

Twide (1142927) | about 4 years ago | (#33298218)

Don't blame me... Blame the government I didn't vote for.
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