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Still Under Pressure

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Another chapter in the ongoing controversy over the banning of “Getting Up: Content Under Pressure” with the OFLC publishing it’s reasoning for the ban. According to the latest report in the SMH:

“ The decision notes that the game uses methods of teaching that include guided learning, expert advice and a system of rewards that can develop an expertise which can then be used outside this virtual world.

Furthermore because there is not enough fantasy in simulated urban environment where the Getting Up is played, the board is concerned that there is a likelihood that this “game-world knowledge” can be transferred to the real world.

“The Review Board determined, in the majority, that the theme of graffiti as depicted and detailed in the game was beyond that of fantastical game play and provided elements of promotion of the crime of graffiti,” the decision reads.
…
Set in a city of the future, Getting Up features a world where freedom of expression is suppressed by a tyrannical city government. Players battle the authorities to overthrow corrupt officials using only street fighting skills and graffiti.”

The best comment I have seen on this comes from the ‘EFA Stop Censorship’ mailing list where contributor Ben quipped.

“Not enough “fantasy elements” in the game to avoid a ban? Perhaps the city government
should have been non-corrupt and non-tyrannical? Would that do?”

Interestingly, despite the ban, Telstra’s Game Arena site has published a review of the game, giving it a 7 out of 10. The site also (at time of writing) had copies of trailers from the game available for download. Get them while they’re hot!

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Written by Admin

March 17, 2006 at 6:10 pm

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