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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
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[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).

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Written by Admin

February 16, 2006 at 7:52 pm

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