New ‘Pokémon’ Game Listed by the Australian Classification Board

On the 17th of March, 2015, the Australian Classification Board listed a brand new video game in the Pokémon series. The game, titled Pokémon Rumble World, is listed as being a multi-platform game with online interactivity. The official classification is ‘PG’ for “mild violence”. Ambrella is listed as the author of the game while Nintendo Co., Ltd. is listed as the publishe...

Digital Australia 2014 – The Face of Gaming

A recent New York Times article suggested that the video game industry is going the way of the dinosaurs thanks to mobile gaming. Not so says Australia. A study published by Digital Australia 2014 in conjunction with Bond University has found that 7 out of 10 Australians are gamers, with a majority of the population getting their daily dose of gaming from a console, not just a mobile device or tab...

Kirby’s Pinball Land Rated for the Virtual Console

If you love Kirby spin-offs as much as we do, then you should take notice as the blab-tastic Australian Classification Board has leaked a rating for the classic Game Boy title, citing a future Virtual Console release for the eShop. I still go back to my old cartridge from time to time with Kirby’s Pinball Land, as the tables and simplified and all inspired by the main platforming franchise, ...

Australia Gets 18+ Rating!

It’s hasn’t been officially announced, but its looking more than likely that Australia will be getting an R18+ rating for computer and video games by the end of the year! The Australian censorship ministers met today as a part of the Standing Committee of Attorneys-General, coming to an almost unanimous decision to include an R18+ rating for video games in Australia. The only state who...

Dead Island Pre-Purchase on Steam

Dead Island is going to be listed at a price point of $49.99US on the steam platform for individual players. However, there is a four-player pack available for purchase at $149.97US, which equates to $39.99US per copy, saving players a full $10US on the full price of the game. When you Pre-purchase this game on steam, you will be given an exclusive pre-order weapon, The Ripper, which is a combinat...

Dead Island Gets Classified In Australia

Well this is a relief, Deep Silver and Techland’s Dead Island the highly anticipated open world zombie survival game has been officially rated by the Australian Classification Board as MA 15+ “strong horror violence, blood and gore”. A sigh of relief from many Australian gamers that fear Dead Island would be refused classification and thereby effectively banned in the country or heavil...

Hydrophobia Prophecy outed by Australian ratings board

Hydrophobia was a game that saw rather mild reception from the gaming community with middling reviews that hardly placed the game in a stellar light. Dark Energy Digital, the studio that developed the game, didn’t help matters by exploding at websites that criticized their game but tried to make some changes to the game to help make it more player friendly. Despite Hydrophobia’s lukewa...

R 18+ In Australia: The Battle Rages On!

Anybody who’s read my articles, or listened to me on our podcasts on this site would’ve probably picked up on my passion on this current issue of the Australian Rating system, and the recent banning of Mortal Kombat. And recently I’ve had a couple of people email and ask about how they can help fight for change, and it’s really made me think. I too am sick of just complaini...

Mortal Kombat gets R18 rating in New Zealand

Despite the fact that the latest installment to the Mortal Kombat series was banned from release in Australia due to the fact that it was denied classification, Australia’s next door neighbor New Zealand isn’t quite as blood shy. The countries rating board which is called the Office of Film and Literature Classification (OFLC) has released their rating today and has given the supposedl...

Australian Ratings board Bans Mortal Kombat…

It is yet another sad day for Aussie gamers everywhere, as the new heavily anticipated return of Mortal Kombat has officially been canned by the Australian Government’s ratings board for receiving a rating of R18+. If you remember, the ratings board for the country has made it extremely tough to release titles with adult content. The Classification system is known to be outdated and many off...

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