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Borderlands 2 to ship uncut worldwide

Gearbox has announced that all territories – including the notoriously censor-friendly Australia and Germany – will receive the same, gore-filled version of Borderlands 2.

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Censorship headlines

  • Dead Island's US release to feature toned-down cover art

    Techland’s zombie survival title Dead Island will sport two different covers: one featuring a hanged figure, and the other the more acceptable upright-and-lurching zombie.

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  • Jaffe: US Supreme Court activism "pointless and naive"

    Eat Sleep Play’s David Jaffe – currently working on Twisted Metal for the PlayStation 3 is no stranger to controversy or his comments being taken out of context. So in the wake of Insomniac’s Ted Price’s plea for games press to help mobilise the gaming public against proposed restrictions on sale of certain games – […]

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  • Insomniac's Price challenges press: cover the big issues

    The head of Insomniac Games, Ted Price, has taken to his company website to urge games media to focus on the bigger picture.

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  • Australian R18+ debate: waiting on "silent majority"

    The key ministerial roadblock to a R18+ rating for games in Australia – Senator Michael Atkinson – stood down from the front bench half a year ago. Yet Australian gamers of any age still cannot legally play games with content judged beyond a MA15+ rating.

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  • No R18 rating for Australia is censorship, says EA

    EA Games boss Frank Gibeau has called out Australia’s Attorneys General to have the introduction of an R18 rating in the country as soon as possible.

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  • Australian version of Left 4 Dead 2 is packed with surprisingly sturdy zombies

    They don’t make zombies like they used to. Pepper their paper skin with a shotgun blast or two and – boom – undead confetti. But not in Australia! Good ol’ Oz builds its zombies strong to last long. Limbs stay on and blood stays in, even when caught in the thickest of crossfires. Even better, […]

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  • WoW returns to China (sort of) with content edits

    World of Warcraft is now almost live in China, but with some caveats. Gama’s reporting that the MMO, which was fully offline for six weeks, is now back up in closed beta but has been visually edited. MMOsite’s grabbed some before and after screens, and it looks as though the Chinese government isn’t keen on […]

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  • German anti-censorship games petition gathers pace

    Eurogamer.de’s reporting that almost 30,000 Germans have now signed a petition seeking to stop the banning of both the development and sale of violent games in the country. Here’s what they’re putting their name to. Translation supplied to VG247 by EG.de: The German Bundestag should decide against the decision of the interior minister conference from […]

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  • Hines: Global censorship rules are "frustrating"

    Speaking to CVG, Bethesda’s Peter Hines has admitted he finds dealing with censorship boards across different countries a difficult business. “The frustrating thing for us is that the standards and rules can be so varied across territories, that we work with five or six ratings agencies and each one has different ‘hot buttons’,” he said. […]

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  • EGM refuses to score MGS4 because Konami imposed censorship

    This is only going to get worse. According to this GameSetLinks piece, US paper-staple EGM has refused to score Metal Gear Solid 4 because Konami attempted to censor certain aspects of the review. According to the site, quoting from the mag, the decision was made because of “the limitations Konami wanted to impose on our […]

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  • Prostitution options cut from Oz GTA IV

    According to this Gamespot report, the only differences anyone’s found between the Australian and European version’s of GTA IV so far is in the way certain aspects of prostitution are dealt with in the game. From the site: Having just received a region one version of the game, we tested out a few scenarios and […]

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  • GTA IV will be censored in New Zealand

    According to this New Zealand Herald story, GTA IV will be censored in New Zealand as well as Australia. We’re a little confused as to why, as the game has received an 18 rating in New Zealand, as opposed to the 15 it got from the OFLC in Australia. For the record, 15 is the […]

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  • Censorit to filter net content on games handhelds

    A new content filter application called Censorit has been launched in the UK, aimed at helping parents filter the content their children can see on their mobiles, handhelds and iPods. “Popular games consoles…are all Wi-Fi enabled devices, that, when connected to your home or the public Wi-Fi, offer a completely unfiltered and unsecured web browsing […]

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  • GTA IV cut for Australia

    Rockstar has been forced to produce an edited version of GTA IV in order to get a 15 certificate in Australia, the Sydney Morning Herald reports. Rockstar’s confirmed that the game was edited for release in the country, but hasn’t revealed which parts were removed. Australia’s Office of Film and Literature Classification has been going […]

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  • GDC: Age Of Conan "ideal for 360", on console 12 months after PC

    Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures game director Gaute Godager has said that he believes that the MMO’s unique and controversial combat system, which has been scathed by some critics, will be ideal for the conversion of the game to a 360 format. Speaking at a GDC presentation of the title’s PC version, Godager said that […]

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  • GTAIV uncensored in Oz, says Rockstar

    GTA IV is to release in Australia as God intended, according to this. “No GTA has been censored since Vice City,” said Rockstar. “[Grand Theft Auto] IV has been rated in its entirety, the rating is on the OFLC website.” Both GTAIII and GTA Vice City were censored for Australian release.

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  • CONANGATE: No nipples for US

    America the Brave won’t be able to see nipples in the upcoming Eidos MMO Age of Conan – Hyborian Adventures because they’re evil, or something. German people, also, will have to put up with a censored version of the game, in which they’ll be allowed to see “will have full gore and nudity” but not […]

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  • Germans to get Conflict demo after all

    Eidos has moved to assure German gamers that the Xbox Live version of the Conflict: Denied Ops demo will be released in due course, and is currently in submission. “The demo has always been planned for release in Germany and will be available on Xbox Live as soon as it is through testing in our […]

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  • Germans miss out on "uncut" Conflict: Denied Ops demo

    According to Major Nelson, Xbox Live’s Conflict: Denied Ops demo isn’t being released in Germany. A German source this morning confirmed the reasoning. “It hasn’t been banned here,” he told VG247. “It has an 18 rating, but it seems they made some cuts to it. So they’re not offering the uncut demo here.” The shooter, […]

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