"We can't continue to have an outdated arrangement, which doesn't reflect technological changes, just like we can't continue to deny the rights of adults. We simply can't continue to justify the current arrangement." - so says Federal Home Affairs Minister Brendan O'Connor in this interview at GameSpot AU.
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Australia could have R18+ by end of year
Guillermo del Toro: gaming will "take over storytelling"Acclaimed director, Guillermo del Toro, says that video games will "completely take over storytelling in our society". Guillermo is currently working on his first game, Insane, with the help of THQ and Volition, and believes that gaming will supersede cinema as "the cornerstone of narrative in the next decade"....
Robber tunnels into GameStopIt's not unusual to hear about a criminal incident involving a GameStop store, but it's certainly unusual hearing about a criminal tunneling into one to claim his phat loot. Steven Paul Archer of Chuckey, Tennessee has been charged with felony burglary, after allegedly breaking into a vacant store adjacent to the GameStop in question, and then tunnelling through the wall, making away with $US288.55 in cash and $US5342 in merchandise. A for effort!
R18+ Games classification delayed againThe decision to introduce an R18+ classification for video games in Australia has been delayed yet again after State and Territory Attorneys-General meeting in Canberra on Friday failed to unanimously agree....
Government study concludes violent games do not affect childrenFollowing Kate Lundy's speech to the senate a week ago, there is more positive news for an R18+ rating being introduced for video games in Australia. Yesterday, the Minister for Home Affairs, Brendan O' Connor, released a statement explaining that a review of existing research has found that "there is no conclusive evidence that violent computer games have a greater impact on players than other violent media, such as movies or music videos."...
Senator Kate Lundy delivers R18+ adjournment speechThe Australian R18+ classification debate has been a long, and somewhat hostile one. With Michael Atkinson no longer in his South Australian Attorneys-General seat, and the next meeting of the Standing Committee of Attorneys-General just a fortnight away, Senator Kate Lundy has spoken to the Senate regarding the need for such classification....
The latest, and last gaming news wrap-upI'm back in the country, so it'll be business as usual from here on with regular updates on all of the big gaming news. Here's all of the interesting news from the last week so, much of which is thanks to the currently running Tokyo Game Show. Ninja Gaiden 3 is announced, Mortal Kombat devs accidentally announce the PlayStation Portable 2, and some lady games addict kills dogs.
Another bundle of gaming headlines for perusalHello happy gamers! The last few days have been mighty interesting in the world of the games industry. At least, as far as I can tell from my iPhone's RSS reader. I'll be back in Australia and informing you of all this gossip first hand soon enough, but in the meantime, here's another headline update, coming all the way from Munich......
The fortnight wrap-up, ours and yoursI've neglected the news page entirely for the last fortnight, as I've been touring Europe - Munich, Brussels and Bamberg thus far - with more of an interest in the local beer than trying to write news articles while drunk. And unfortunately for the regular readers here, I don't get back until the end of the September! In an effort to hold you over, here is a summary of the bigger games news that has jumped out at me during the last couple of weeks:...
Silent Hill 8 for 2011Konami have announced that poopy-inducing gaming series Silent Hill will have an eight installment in the series on the PS3 and XBox 360 next year. It'll be 'true to the franchise's roots' and deliver a next-generation horror game that 'fans truly deserve'....
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Far out, now this is an impressive Humble Bundle - THQ!
The Humble THQ Bundle (pay what you want and help charity)
- Red Faction Armageddon
- Metro 2033
- Company of Heroes + Opposing Fronts + Tales of Valor
and if you beat the average (currently: $5.58) you get -
- Saints Row: The Third
Obviously part of the mad scramble to bail THQ out, but gamers win.30-11-12, 09:53 AM
For anyone interested in bargain game titles without ordering online, JB Hi-Fi are now selling parallel import games on shelves.
They're not stocked on the same shelves as other games however, instead you'll find them on their own stand, so keep your eyes peeled or ask a staff members where you should be looking.21-05-12, 09:08 AM
Only at the movies May 10 is Iron Sky, and thanks to Hoyts Distribution we have 5 double passes to give away. To enter, head on over to our Facebook page and reply in the relevant post about the give away: www.facebook.com/GamersUnderground
"As World War II came to a close, several German scientists deployed Nazi spaceships to the dark side of the moon to establish a military base from which they could once again strike out at the countries of Earth. Now, in 2018, they're coming back."
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Zenimax Media has announced The Elder Scrolls Online, taking the popularise franchise into the genre of massively multiplayer for the first time ever. Game Informer has the exclusive scoop, who will be presenting the official reveal in their June issue. The Elder Scrolls Online will reportedly take place "a millennium before the events of Skyrim," featuring three warring player factions. The new MMO is being developed by Zenimax Online Studios, headed by Matt Firor, a Mythic Entertainment veteran who is well known for h...04-05-12, 07:19 AM
Keen to see Statham in his next action flick? We have 10 double passes being given away at around 6pm EST tomorrow night. To put yourself in the running, come up with a great Statham fact and reply with it in our SAFE post on Facebook: www.facebook.com/GamersUnderground - we'll choose the 10 most creative.
SAFE – only at the movies May 10: Jason Statham plays Luke Wright, an ex-special forces operative who saves a young Chinese girl. The girl, Mei, is a mathematical genius who has memorised the combination to a ...02-05-12, 04:59 PM
The first two instalments of the Mass Effect series are widely considered to be some of the best games ever made. Certainly they rank among the greatest RPGs. With the outstanding quality of their story telling, and their stunning audio and visuals, they set the bar so high for the third instalment that some began to wonder if disappointment was inevitable. Thankfully the doubters have been proven wrong, as with Mass Effect 3 Bioware has not only cleared the bar, but they raised it several notches before doing so. The game is not without its problems. There are numerous visual glitches, importing character appearance from Mass Effect 2 saves doesn't work, one of the quest lines in the 0-day DLC crashes the game (though can be completed with a bit of well timed button mashing), and like all Bioware titles...11-03-12, 02:55 AM
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