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  • Blog Post: Australian Government Invites Minecraft Fans To Design National Park

    The next Australian national park could be designed by Minecraft fans, in a new project by the Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges natural-resources management board. The South Australian State Government is inviting young fans to design their ideal national park via the sandbox game Minecraft. The winning... More
  • Blog Post: 2K Australia Is Shutting Down

    The developer behind games including Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel is closing down. According to an official statement from 2K Australia, the high cost of development was a factor. Game Informer Australia's David Milner reached out to the studio, and received the following statement: " We can... More
  • Blog Post: New 3DS Models Come To Australia This Year, Too

    Before we get started, we should recap a couple things. Nintendo announced some new 3DS models that are very pretty (decorated in the themes of the original NES, Super Smash Bros., and Persona Q). Those aren’t the “New 3DS” though, because that’s that name of a redesign for the... More
  • Blog Post: What's BioWare's Green Cloud?

    There's a new listing on the Australian game ratings board site for a new BioWare game codenamed "Green Cloud." The listing was spotted by IGN. We're assuming that "Green Cloud" is a codename – unless BioWare is going with a seriously unmarketable title for a new IP... More
  • Blog Post: Rovio Teases "The Most Epic Soft Launch Ever" For New Angry Birds Game

    Rovio is teasing its next Angry Birds game with a bizarre video revealing a soft launch for the project in Australia, Canada, and New Zealand with more countries to follow. The teaser looks more like a Dark Souls or an Elder Scrolls game, but at the last second throws a red Angry Bird at you. It's... More
  • Blog Post: Bethesda Opens Business Office In Australia

    Bethesda has announced today the opening of a new business office Sydney, Australia. The new location will handle sales, marketing, and distribution in Australia and New Zealand. The office will be led by Simon Alty, formerly managing director of games marketing firm One to Another Pty Ltd. One to Another... More
  • Blog Post: Team Bondi's Whore Of The Orient Gameplay Footage Appears Online

    The fate of L.A. Noire developer Team Bondi's next game, Whore of the Orient , is ambiguous. The studio has had myriad financial issues, but a leaked video online proves that project still does, or at least did, exist in some capacity. The video comes from VideoGamer.com , which cites a "trusted... More
  • Blog Post: Saints Row Gets MA15+ Classification In Australia

    Good news, Australian gamers, you get to play Volition's Saints Row IV after all (without importing). Deep Silver has announced that the Australian Classification Board has assigned an MA15+ rating to the title. You might recall that the ACB refused to rate the game for "drug use related to... More
  • Blog Post: Australia Declines To Assign Rating To Saints Row IV Again

    Update: It has been brought to our attention that the Review Board's determination was based on appeal of the original decision. The version in question is the original, unedited code submitted, and initially refused classification, in June. A determination on the edited version of the game has not... More
  • Blog Post: Saints Row IV Gets Another Chance At Australian Classification

    In June, Saints Row IV was denied classification in Australia , even under that country's new R18+ rating. The reasoning became clear shortly after, and Deep Silver and Volition vowed to scrub the offending parts from the title in order to release in that market. Today, the Australian Classification... More
  • Blog Post: Ultimate Vault Hunter Upgrade Pack 2 And More DLC Coming To Borderlands 2

    During Gearbox's panel at PAX Australia , the studio announced HD remakes of Homeworld and Homeworld 2 and more downloadable content coming to Borderlands 2. The Ultimate Vault Hunter Upgrade Pack 2 will add 11 new levels to the current cap, as well as the Digistruct Peak Challenge. It will also... More
  • Blog Post: State Of Decay Being Re-Submitted To Australian Ratings Board

    State of Decay developer Undead Labs says it has re-submitted the game to the Australian Classification Board for rating after making a few changes. Last week it was reported that the game was denied classification due to what the board deemed was "drug use related to incentives or rewards."... More
  • Blog Post: State Of Decay Also Refused Ratings Classification In Australia

    It's been a busy week for the Australian Classification Board, the government entity responsible for rating entertainment media. A second title has now been declined classification, even under the new R18+ banner, put into effect at the start of 2013. State of Decay , Undead Labs' open world... More
  • Blog Post: Saints Row IV Denied Classification In Australia, Deep Silver Responds

    On January 1, 2013, Australian gamers celebrated the new year and a new era in gaming down under. On that day, the country's Federal Parliament added a new rating (R18+) that would pave the way for titles like Grand Theft Auto and other mature, adult-targeted games. Imagine our surprise when we found... More
  • Blog Post: Australia Bans Dead Island Riptide TV Ad

    The game is still on shelves, but the Australian Advertising Standards Bureau yanked a TV spot for the upcoming zombie-infested adventure from the airwaves. The scene found objectionable (view the ad below, if you’re of an appropriate age) shows two young people choosing to immolate themselves... More
  • Blog Post: Australian Government Invests $20 Million In Games Industry

    Australia's government-run funding organization Screen Australia is investing $20 million to help boost local game development and counteract job migration. "These programs released in draft today go a long way towards realising [sic] a strong and sustainable Australian games development sector... More
  • Blog Post: Uncharted: Fight For Fortune Vita Is A Casino Game

    A listing for a game titled Uncharted: Fight for Fortune from Sony Computer Entertainment has appeared on Australia and Brazil's ratings board websites. The Australian classification is light on e details, but the listing on the Brazilian site describes the game as a casino/card game for the Vita... More
  • Blog Post: PAX Heading To Australia And Lasting Longer

    Mike "Gabe" Krahulik and Jerry "Tycho" Holkins, the men behind the online web comic Penny Arcade and the corresponding Penny Arcade Expo, announced today that the show is heading to Australia and PAX Prime will be adding an extra day to its schedule. The announcement comes from a... More
  • Blog Post: Australian Parliament Passes R18+ Gaming Bill

    For years it's been a running joke that whenever a ESRB mature-rated game would come out here, you'd be sure to hear how it was banned in Australia. That will change now that both the Australian House and Senate have passed a bill that would create an R18+ ratings category for video games, essentially... More
  • Blog Post: Syndicate Banned In Australia

    The Australian Government Classification Board has refused rating on EA's Syndicate title, effectively banning it from sale in the country. In a report, the Board said: The game contains violence that is high in impact and is therefore unsuitable for persons aged 18 years to play. Combatants take... More
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