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Dead Rising 2 to launch in Australia uncut

Australia’s ratings board, the OFLC, has classified Dead Rising 2 for a release in the country with an MA15 rating. Best news? It’s releasing in the country uncut and unedited: Aussies get a break at last.

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Michael Atkinson headlines

  • Australia's main mature games detractor calls it quits

    If you’ve been keeping up with the headlines, you could be forgiven for believing there were only two sides in the battle to create an R18+ games rating in Australia: South Australia Attorney-General Michael Atkinson and everyone else ever. Well, good news, Aussie guys and gals. Mr. Atkinson has decided to step down from the […]

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  • R18+ discussion scheduled for April in Australia

    It looks as through a discussion over whether to add an R18+ ratings category for videogames in Australia has been scheduled for April.

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  • No R18+ advocacy website opened; Michael Atkinson gets more threats

    Two bits of news concerning the R18+ debacle going on in Australia today has an advocacy against the rating getting its own website, and the second bit has South Australian Attorney General Michael Atkinson getting more death threats.

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  • Australia: Atkinson may change his stance should gamers start behaving

    South Australian Attorney General Michael Atkinson has said that despite the possibility of an 18+ rating becoming a reality thanks to a recent discussion paper, he does not plan on changing his stance on the matter anytime soon. At least, not until gamers start to “behave in a civil fashion”.

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  • Atkinson to attempt MW2 reclassification in Australia

    South Australian Attorney-General Michael Atkinson – Australia’s most visible opponent to the country adopting an 18 age rating for games – has confirmed he’s to appeal an OFLC decision to release Modern Warfare 2 with a 15+ rating in the country. Speaking on radio show National Interest last week, Atkinson said he thought the ruling […]

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  • Australian attorney-general refuses to side with 18+ game rating

    South Australian attorney general Michael Atkinson has been reported to be holding up debates proposed by the nation’s officials on the introduction of an R18+ rating for games. His reason for the opposition, is because he does not want children or “vulnerable adults” to get a hold of violent, interactive material. “People are participating and […]

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  • Atkinson delaying public debate on 18+ games rating in Australia

    South Australian attorney general Michael “Head/Sand” Atkinson is refusing to allow a public debate on the launch of an 18+ rating for games in Australia by apparently failing to make amendments to a paper on the matter. Atkinson said he was to make “minor” changes to the paper four months ago. He hasn’t. Until he […]

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  • Restriction of "adult liberty" is "small sacrifice," says Australian's Atkinson

    South Australian Attorney General Mike Atkinson, the Australian politician usually blamed for the fact the country doesn’t have an 18 rating for games, has told Gamespot AU that his stance is necessary to protect children and vulnerable adults from explicit, interactive content. “Some of your readers may believe that the present system restricts adult liberty,” […]

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  • OFLC to make canned 18 rating discussion paper public

    The Age is reporting that a canned public discussion paper on the subject of Australia adopting an 18 rating for games is to be generally released. Attorney general Michael Atkinson put paid to any plans to have a serious debate on the matter when he vetoed it at the end of last month. Australia currently […]

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  • Atkinson blocks public 18+ ratings discussion in Australia

    South Australian attorney general Michael Atkinson has yet again blocked moves in Australia to step on a road towards a ratings system with an 18+ category. As reported by Gamespot, the politician has withdrawn his support of a proposal to allow the public to give its opinions on the inclusion of a higher rating. Atkinson […]

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  • SCAG to turn down 18+ rating for Australia

    A forward-looking Australian politician has said he will refuse to grant an 18+ certificate for the country, meaning that the oldest age-ratings available for games will remain at 15+ after a Standing Committee of Attorneys-General (SCAG) meeting on March 28. A spokesperson for Michael Atkinson, the South Australian attorney-general, has confirmed that he will maintain […]

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