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(May 2003 - March 2007.) Tama's thoughts on the blogosphere, podcasting, popular culture, digital media and citizen journalism posted from a laptop computer somewhere in Perth's isolated, miniature, urban jungle ...

Why Australia's Games Classification System Sucks: Reason #599

Friday, July 29, 2005
In the wake of the Hot Coffee Mod furor, the Office of Film and Literature Classification "revoked classification for the game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas", effectively banning it in Australia. How does one lead to the other? Simple: Australia's classification system still has no adult classification for games. So instead of sensibly regulating games, the OFLC bans them. Sometimes it's just embarrassing to be an Australian.

Incidentally, is it really fair to ban a product for having content not actually accessible in the off-the-shelf version? Hot Coffee is a mod; GTA might be a sadistic game which doesn't appeal to me at all, but I still don't think it's fair to ban any product for something that it could do after being modified by a third party.

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