Tag Archives: OFLC
Thu, Jul 08, 2010 | 11:50 BST
Fri, Jul 02, 2010 | 09:57 BST
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.
Fri, Dec 18, 2009 | 08:42 GMT
Sega’s said that Aliens Vs Predator will be released in Australia as a 15+, with no cuts made.
The OFLC refused the game classification at the beginning of December.
“It is with great pleasure that we announce the success of our appeal,” said Darren Macbeth, Sega Australia MD.
“We are particularly proud that the game will be released in its original entirety, with no content altered or removed whatsoever.”
More on IGN.
Mon, Dec 14, 2009 | 11:21 GMT
As promised, the Australian government has opened up the debate as to whether or not the country should have an 18+ rating to the public. Hit this for details.
“Submissions are being sought on whether the Australian National Classification Scheme should include an R 18+ classification category for computer games,” said the attorney-general’s department.
“Submissions can be made by downloading and completing the submission template. Submissions may also be mailed or faxed. The discussion paper and submission template contain the contact details for making a submission.”
Get to it, Australian people. You’ve got until February 28 to explain to old people why you’re grown-up enough to see a cartoon gun shoot a zombie.
Tue, Dec 08, 2009 | 08:06 GMT
He’s back! Eat Sleep Play’s David Jaffe has decided to break radio silence to call Australia’s political view of games “bullshit”. Phew. Things were getting boring, there.
“There’s a government board and if they say it’s too offensive, in that case there’s no fight to fight — it is what it is,” he said, speaking this week at the Game Connect: Asia Pacific conference in Melbourne.
“There’s not much you can do if you’re making games aimed at a mature audience. We never like to cut it, but what are you going to do? You’re dealing with governments.
He added: “There’s absolutely an inconsistency in the consciousness about video games. The reality is people still see a lot of these things as kids’ toys. It’s utter BS.”
Thank God for that. Come back, David. You make the world a brighter place. Thanks, IGN.
Tue, Nov 24, 2009 | 07:51 GMT
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 “is wrong,” adding:
“This decision doesn’t surprise me. The Classification Board in Australia does everything to try and get games in under the radar.”
If he’s successful, the game could be banned from sale in Australia.
In an email to Gamespot, Atkinson accused the game of “glorifying terrorism”:
“I worry about any game that encourages gamers to perpetrate extreme violence and cruelty on screen, but this game [Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2] allows players to be virtual terrorists and gain points by massacring civilians. Expecting game designers to be responsible by not glorifying terrorism will always lead to disappointment,” he said.
More through there.
Wed, Nov 18, 2009 | 11:41 GMT
The OFLC turned down Left 4 Dead 2′s appeal for release in Australia because of its “realism,” according to documents obtained by Gamespot.
Apparently there was “insufficient delineation between the depiction of the general zombie figures and the human figures as opposed to the clearly fictional ‘infected’ characters,” and “whether the objects of the violence were fictional or real, and whether a 15 year old could discern the difference, is largely irrelevant where the game displays the level of realism this one does”.
Yeah. That’s stupid. More through there. Thanks, EG.
Thu, Oct 22, 2009 | 19:59 BST
Here we go again.
Left 4 Dead 2 has been refused classification by the OFLC once again, despite recieving a MA 15+ rating for a watered down version two weeks ago.
This is what it says in the media send-out, sent by the OFLC.
A three-member panel of the Classification Review Board (the Review Board) has unanimously
determined that the computer game Left 4 Dead 2 is classified RC (Refused Classification).
In the Review Board’s opinion, Left 4 Dead 2 could not be accommodated within the MA 15+
classification. The computer game contains a level of violence which is high in impact, prolonged,
repeated frequently and realistic within the context of the game.
In addition, it was the Review Board’s opinion that there was insufficient delineation between the
depiction of general zombie figures and the human figures, as opposed to the clearly fictional
‘infected’ characters. This was a major consideration of the Review Board in determining the
impact of this game on minors.
It was refused the first time in mid-September.
Thanks, wearetheinternetz and mescalineeyes.
Tue, Oct 20, 2009 | 17:45 BST
Oopsie. Australian ratings board the OFLC has given a 15+ to something called Ghost Recon Predator. It’s multi-platform, apparently.
What is it? It’s the next Ghost Recon game, silly. The one out next year. The one that’s only been half-announced for fiscal 2010.
No detail, obviously. Thanks, Destructoid.
Thu, Oct 08, 2009 | 10:15 BST
While news of Left 4 Dead clearing OFLC regulations this morning will bring relief to Down-Under gamers, it looks as though large cuts have been made to the approved version.
According to News.com.au, the ratings board has confirmed that “the game no longer contains depictions of decapitation, dismemberment, wound detail or piles of dead bodies lying about the environment.
“No wound detail is shown and the implicitly dead bodies and blood splatter disappear as they touch the ground.”
You can read the full OFLC report here.
Melee weapons made the cut. EA’s quoted in that News.com.au article as saying it still hopes the full version will be classified. Hate to be the voice of doom, but it doesn’t look like it, does it?
Left 4 Dead 2 was originally refused classification in Australia last month.
Thu, Oct 08, 2009 | 03:00 BST
Wed, Oct 07, 2009 | 09:40 BST
Valve boss Gabe Newell has said that a decision on whether or not an Australia-specific cut of Left 4 Dead 2 has passed OFLC regulations as a 15+ rated game is expected any day now.
The company has submitted a new build of the shooter, Newell said, in an effort to ensure the game gets released on time.
“We may actually here about that version today,” he said in a Gamespot-published presentation dated October 6.
“The goal is to guarantee that something’s available on November 17 in Australia, while at the same time pushing to get approval for that to be the full version of the game.”
Left 4 Dead 2 was refused classification in Australia last month.
Newell said that it was Valve’s “very strong preference” to see the full game released in Australia without alterations, but that a now-engaged appeal process is “slow” and may mean the title misses its November 17 ship date if fully pursued.
Newell was speaking at a presentation in Australia. Watch it after the break.
Thu, Sep 17, 2009 | 07:48 BST
Left 4 Dead 2′s been refused classification in Australia. See here: that’s what the “RC” means.
Why? We’ll tell you why. Or rather, the OFLC’ll tell you why, through the magic gateway that is Gamespot:
“The game contains realistic, frenetic and unrelenting violence which is inflicted upon “the Infected” who are living humans infected with a rabies-like virus that causes them to act violently” The ruling goes on to say that “However, it is the use of the “melee” weapons such as the crowbar, axe, chainsaw and Samurai sword which inflict the most damage. These close in attacks cause copious amounts of blood spray and splatter, decapitations and limb dismemberment as well as locational damage where contact is made to the enemy which may reveal skeletal bits and gore.”
Yeah, you see: the “realistic, frenetic and unrelenting violence” is the reason it’s awesome, Mr OFLC.
Australia doesn’t allow games to be rated over “15+,” which means anything that deserves an 18 gets effectively banned from sale.
Left 4 Dead releases in the civilised world in the coming months.
Wed, Sep 16, 2009 | 15:32 BST
Tue, Mar 03, 2009 | 11:15 GMT
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 does, no dice.
“I fully support there being consultation on this issue, but ultimately SCAG is waiting for the South Australian attorney to agree to consult on the matter,” Victorian Attorney General Rob Hulls said.
The office of federal attorney General Robert McClelland added: “At this stage, censorship ministers are considering the content of a draft discussion paper and awaiting comments on the draft from South Australia. Any changes to classification categories, including introducing an R18+ classification for computer games, require unanimous support of the Commonwealth and all state and territories.”
Once the paper’s finalised, the public will be invited to enter a debate on the introduction of the R18+ classification for video games in Australia.
Atkinson’s staunchly opposed to the 18+ rating. Read more on that here.
More on Gamespot.
Tue, Feb 17, 2009 | 14:30 GMT
GTA IV DLC The Lost and Damned has been passed without edits in Australia, IGN reports.
The contents features explicit sex scenes with prostitutes and full frontal male nudity.
The original GTA IV was originally refused classification in Australia by the ACB (formerly the OFLC) specifically because of the sex scenes with prostitutes.
The Lost and Damned has received a 15+ rating in Australia, the highest allowed.
Fri, Feb 06, 2009 | 07:12 GMT
Following a report earlier this week in the Sydney Morning Herald that appeared to suggest that MMOs would be banned from sale in Australia unless they were classified by the OFLC, Blizzard’s released a statement saying all fine and dandy in the land of Australian WoW.
Up to this point, MMOs haven’t been rated in Australia as they’re online-only.
“Blizzard Entertainment and its affiliates work very closely with the Interactive Entertainment Association of Australia to ensure that we are in full compliance with Australian law as it relates to the distribution and operation of our games, including World of Warcraft. We’d like to reassure all of our players that World of Warcraft is currently, and has always been, distributed and operated legally in Australia.”
In addition, Kotaku’s posted a lengthy article on the subject that can be summed up thus: “You can still buy MMOs in Australia.”
So, if you were panicking, don’t. Apparently this is a case of the Sydney Morning Herald putting two and two together to make five. Phew.
Wed, Feb 04, 2009 | 11:32 GMT
MMOs will now be classified in Australia in the same manner as single-player games, the Sydney Morning Herald’s reported this morning, and retailers will no longer be able to sell online games that haven’t been rated by the OFLC.
The move directly affects sales of the likes of World of Warcraft and Warhammer Online, which never applied for OFLC classification as they don’t contain a single-player element.
Just ban everything, Australia. It’d be easier.
More on IGN.
Wed, Nov 26, 2008 | 16:54 GMT
Update: It’s true. See here.
Gamasutra’s reporting that F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin’s been refused classification in Australia.
The ruling effectively means the game has been banned from sale.
The OFLC’s website doesn’t show that the game’s been rated as yet: do a search and see for yourself.
The shooter sequel’s scheduled for European launch next February for PC, PS3 and 360.
Tue, Nov 18, 2008 | 08:10 GMT
As you can see on the OFLC’s site, Sega and THQ appear to be working on a new OutRun game, named OutRun Online Arcade.
There’s no real detail there as such, aside from the fact the game’s “multi-platform.” No release date, or anything else for that matter.
Take a look.