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Graffiti = bad, Street-fighting = ok

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Another absurd censorship decision from the OFLC. This time it’s a decision to ban the game “Marc Ecko’s Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure” .

According to the SMH,

“Set in a city of the future, the game features a world where freedom of expression is suppressed by a tyrannical city government. Game players battle the authorities to overthrow corrupt officials using only street fighting skills and graffiti.
The Classification Review Board yesterday refused to classify the game, Marc Ecko’s Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure, meaning it cannot be sold, demonstrated, hired or imported.

The decision was endorsed last night by the Federal Attorney-General, Philip Ruddock, who had asked the board to review of the game’s MA15+ classification after local councils and state governments voiced concerns that the game would promote graffiti
[whilst] this was not the first time the board had refused to classify a computer game, the decision that effectively bans Marc Ecko’s Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure marks “the first time we have refused classification for a computer game because it promotes crime”

Did I miss something here? The game has been slapped with a ban because it might encourage or incite people to spray graffiti. Presumably then the aforementioned “street-fighting” was not an issue?

Looking through my game collection I guess I should be thankful for the games I have managed to buy. After all – I’ve got games that encourage me to engage in speeding (Gran Turismo, Need for Speed ), murder people (a couple of first person shooters) and commit acts of terrorism (C&C Generals lets you play as the terrorists). And of course a game that allows you commit the most heinous of all crimes in Australia – losing the Ashes to England. (Shane Warne Cricket).


Written by Admin

February 16, 2006 at 7:52 pm

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