Monthly Archives: February 2012

A New Era: Video Games will get an R18+ rating by 2013

Holy crap, guys!

I’ve been thinking about this day for about 2 years now and it’s finally here! No, it’s not my wedding, it’s the day that the R18+ Rating for Video Games is being introduced into Parliament.

Federal Home Affairs Minister Jason Clare is continuing the work that former minister Brendan O’Connor started last year.

Clare said,

This will bring the classification categories for computer games into line with existing categories used to classify films and make the Australian classification regime more consistent with international standards.

There is still a lot to be done, however. While the bill has been introduced, it still needs the support of two cross-bencher’s in the lower to be passed into the Senate, then will need the support of the Coalition or the Greens (Both have shown sympathy to the cause) to be made into proper legislation. Not to mention that a MP Ed Husic has asked for the bill to be pushed into enquiry, via twitter:

After we finally intro’d the R+18 Video Game laws to Parliament today, this arvo the Coalition referred the Bill to yet ANOTHER inquiry!

Enquiries are generally pushed through quickly, it’s one more wall that needs to be broken down to succeed in our plight.




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The Rumour Mill: The New Xbox


The rumour mill works exceptionally hard when it comes to consoles.

Someone speculates about the specs of what might be, basing it off current generation. The looks, the games, the ways the manufacturers might screw over the legitimate user.

Microsoft released the Xbox 360 S to extend their console life cycle. They made minor improvements and fixed old problems that bothered their customers with the original console. The idea was so they could avoid releasing an expensive new console. Their idea worked, to a point.

Currently, the rumours that are circulating are about the latest Xbox addition, “due for release” in Winter 2013. Consumers are wanting more and fueling rumours. Currently, the new “Xbox 720” as it has been dubbed will sport technology that disables users from playing second hand games, use blu-ray, be as quick as modern day PC’s. The latest rumour is that the 720 is going to use a touch-screen controller; something simmiliar to Nintendo’s WiiU.

While Microsoft haven’t confirmed or denied any of the aforementioned rumours, the next 12 to 18-months should prove to be interesting if Microsoft do choose to annouce their latest weapon in the console wars.

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