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  • The news you might have missed

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    The news you might have missed

    I've spent the last three weeks getting married, going on a honeymoon, diving The Great Barrier Reef and getting The Bends. It seems a lot went on while I was gone, but rather than spam your RSS, Twitter and Facebook feeds with a dozen new articles, I thought a summary of those stories would be best, prior to business as usual.

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  • Syndicate co-op characters get an introduction

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    Syndicate co-op characters get an introduction

    While most of you have now heard the heartbreaking news that Syndicate is banned in Australia, don't let it get you down. You can always connect to a VPN for a digital purchase, or find international stores to buy from. While you contemplate how exactly you're going to purchase Syndicate, check out this latest Deep-Dive showcasing co-op.

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  • Syndicate pre-orders cancelled, 20% discount coupons delivered

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    Syndicate pre-orders cancelled, 20% discount coupons delivered

    Origin has begun cancelling all Syndicate pre-orders by Australians, due to it being banned in Australia. Sharing the sentiment of EA in their official response...
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  • EA respond to Syndicate ban

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    EA respond to Syndicate ban

    Following yesterday's refusal of classification for Syndicate...
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  • Syndicate refused classification

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    Syndicate refused classification

    The highly anticipated Syndicate reboot has been refused classification in Australia. While no official statement has been made by developer Starbreeze, the result has emerged on the Australian Classification Database, stamped with "RC" today, "Refused Classification", effectively being banned in the country.

    We'll keep you updated on this story as news arrives.

    Update: Kotaku has gotten their hands on the Classification Board's official report, which gives us an idea of...
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  • R18+ Games classification delayed again

    R18+ Games classification delayed again

    The 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....
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  • Government study concludes violent games do not affect children

    Government study concludes violent games do not affect children

    Following 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."...
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  • Senator Kate Lundy delivers R18+ adjournment speech

    Senator Kate Lundy delivers R18+ adjournment speech

    The 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....
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  • Sony boss supports R rating for games

    Sony boss supports R rating for games's technology column has an another article on our wonderful game classification debacle, and has some choice quotes from Australia's head of Sony Computer Entertainment. "Gaming has moved on, the choice of content has moved on and I think it is time Australia gets in step with the rest of the world and has an R rating classification," Michael Ephraim told AAP at a Playstation announcement in Sydney.....
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  • New SA Attorney General open to R18+ rating

    New SA Attorney General open to R18+ rating

    Michael Atkinson's replacement, John Rau, is said to support the introduction of an R18+ rating. Gamers4Croydon party president Chris Prior recently spoke with South Australia's new Attorney General when attending an election forum in John's electorate.

    John indicated to Chris that "the lack of an R18+ for games seemed absurd, and that it was really just common sense to introduce it, considering the vast majority of adult content is already available under the MA15+ classification."

    Further discussion of an R18+ rating for games is scheduled for the next meeting of attorneys-general in late April....
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  • Michael Atkinson resigns

    Michael Atkinson resigns

    It's election time in South Australia, and Gamers4Croydon are running against Attorney General Michael Atkinson. For those living under a rock for the past 6 months, this was to contest Atkinson's anti R18+ classification stance, which was forcing adult content into Australia's MA15+ classification, and thus into the hands of 15 year old gamers.

    In this period, Atkinson delivered some controversial statements - calling gamers criminals, and more dangerous than biker gangs. It was also revealed that he funded a study claiming that the link between gaming and violence was stronger than the link between smoking and cancer.

    Thankfully, his reign of ignorance in a position of such power is over. A number of community members have sent word that Michael Atkinson has abruptly stepped down, citing that it's so he can attend all of his son's soccer matches. I can't help but think there's more to it than that, especially considering the timing - and if there is, whichever person or persons putting pressure on him to call it a day deserves a round of applause....
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  • Atkinson funded 'gaming worse than smoking' group

    Atkinson funded 'gaming worse than smoking' group

    The plot thickens. Remember the article we ran regarding the Channel Ten News report on video games being as damaging as smoking cigarettes? Well, it turns out that Michael Atkinson - the South Australian Attorney General single-handedly standing in the way of reformed games classification in this country - funded it with tens of thousands of dollars......
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  • 'Gaming causes more harm than smoking'

    'Gaming causes more harm than smoking'

    The public consultation period for the heated R18+ classification debate is over. Thousands of note-worthy submissions have been made, including a 17 page demolition of the South Australian Attorney General, Michael Atkinson, by Paul Hunt - formerly Deputy Director of Australia's Classification Board. It's a shame then, with such intelligent and credible support for the tightening of classifications, that a flurry of mindless press continues to corrupt public opinion with scare-tactics and outrageous hyperbole.....
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  • Atkinson: gamers scarier than bikies

    Atkinson: gamers scarier than bikies

    ABC's Good Game have had the pleasure, or displeasure, of interviewing South Australian Attorney General Michael Atkinson. Unsurprisingly, his paranoid ignorance has delivered another few gems of conversation, including his explanation that he feels his family is more at risk from gamers than the motorcycle gangs who also hate him.

    I'm certain that bikers state-wide are up-in-arms that they've been likened to such a broad demographic of society. Who knows, maybe they'll now want to make a point that they're far scarier minority than Atkinson suggests......
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  • iGEA has its official R18+ say

    iGEA has its official R18+ say

    The Interactive Games & Entertainment Association (iGEA) lodged its official submissionheated R18+ discussion...
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