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    Silent Hill barred from selling in Australia

    Silent Hill: Homecoming refused classification in Australia

    September 25th, 2008 @ 18:36

    Pathetic. According to this XboxOz360Gamer story, the Australian OFLC has refused to classify Silent Hill: Homecoming, effectively barring the game from sale in the country.
    Apparently Australian people can’t cope with adult videogame content, which is why Australia has no 18 rating for games. Getting 18-rated games from other PAL countries must be really tough for Australians with the immense knowledge of “parcels”.
    Sort it out, Australian law people. The rest of the world’s looking on in complete bewilderment.
    http://www.videogaming247.com/2008/0...-in-australia/
    They ban everything hopefully you guys can import it.

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    Yet another one.. great.

    Guess it will be an import. Either that or we'll get a cut down version again.

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    This is getting worse.... they better fix this crap soon.

    Resistance 2 better not have any troubles getting in or i will be pissed.

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    Hmm... I'd import if I were an Aussie... They are so freaking backwards when it comes to this stuff... They'll allow their own to make something with x-rated violence (it takes a lot for VIOLENCE to be considered X-rated, I know) but outside of Australia? They forbid it. If it wasn't made by an Aussie, it won't get through... Well, there you have it, Silent Hill Homecoming should have been made by Aussies, then you could have played it!

    Slight rant ahead:

    [reveal]Remember, gamers, not a single person should EVER make fun of American "censorship" again after the stuff in Australia and Germany and some other places... Just because it's not allowed on US broadcast TV doesn't mean we ban it from the country. It's the porn companies and movie producers that want to keep pay TV alive, not puritans. Forcing people to pay for more sex and gore means more money for them.[/reveal]

    Out of curiosity, how did they treat the previous silent hill games? Silent Hill 2 was full of rape references (one enemy was made to look like one person raping someone else in a bed when it was in its idle animation, of course in reference to a plot element) and pretty violent, Silent Hill 3 had fountains of blood in the environment and bloody corpses everywhere... Were those games let through?

    I hope this doesn't mean that Homecoming is going more for the Resident evil type gore approach, of splattering enemies... I like the "aftermath" approach and environmental approach of the Silent Hill games gore, and also Jacob's ladder, which they pulled it from. The last scene in the SH movie kind of pissed me off because Silent Hill was never that actively violent... It was always something that was just part of the environment.

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    But really is anyone here surprised or shocked by this?

    Its like water off my back now it means nothing. if i want the game ill find a way to get it.

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    can't yall just get the games shipped to you?

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    You know I always thought Australia would be a pretty cool place to go down and live, but as I grew older I learned about there tough bandwidth caps, and now all these games getting banned left and right. I sometimes feel sorry for you Aussies, but then again I guess being an American I get to have the pleasure of getting harassed for having an idiot for a president on the web. Fair trade-off I guess.


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    Quote Originally Posted by dhav211 View Post
    You know I always thought Australia would be a pretty cool place to go down and live, but as I grew older I learned about there tough bandwidth caps, and now all these games getting banned left and right. I sometimes feel sorry for you Aussies, but then again I guess being an American I get to have the pleasure of getting harassed for having an idiot for a president on the web. Fair trade-off I guess.
    Awesome.

    Game rating laws are my only complaint.. Just procure them elsewhere. Its cheaper to buy them elsewhere anyway.

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    this game is creepy

    lol

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    I honestly can not see why they would ban games that are 18 + Why wouldn't they go the logical way and just require photo ID when buying the game?

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    I just feel bad for Australia in general. So many games get banned because of the OFLC's classification system.

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    sony can you please send our pollies a couple of ps3s (with manuals).




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    Silent Hill banned? really?
    so after 1, 2.............? 5 Silent Hill games they decide to ban this one
    kinda weird, lucky PS3 is region free, bad news for some 360 fans

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    Quote Originally Posted by TGO View Post
    Silent Hill banned? really?
    so after 1, 2.............? 5 Silent Hill games they decide to ban this one
    kinda weird, lucky PS3 is region free, bad news for some 360 fans
    he he. didnt think of the 360 hey. too bad for those without a ps3.




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    This is getting bloody stupid. I got no problem importing, cause it's cheaper anyway, but still. Someones gotta hit these people up side the head.

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    Our TV censorship isn't as severe as the US though, but with games those old politicians really have no clue on gaming classifications and that moronic Q&A on it didn't help either.
    Of course we can import but really an R rating would do good for the industry here.
    I'd think that this game probably will be edited instead but by then the people that wanted it probably would have already bought it overseas.

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    silent hill is rather a scary game...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bitbydeath View Post
    This is getting worse.... they better fix this crap soon.

    Resistance 2 better not have any troubles getting in or i will be pissed.
    It's growing like a Virus, next thing you know LittleBigPlanet will get banned for slapping team mates.

    Australia sucks major ***, lets all rejoice in that fact that SONY atleast gives gamers of PSP and PS3 region free gaming. Atleast we can kinda stick it too the government that way.

    Quote Originally Posted by hoho87 View Post
    silent hill is rather a scary game...
    Silent hill 1, 2, 3, 4 and Origins have all been released without a problem.

    Quote Originally Posted by kopkiwi View Post
    This is getting bloody stupid. I got no problem importing, cause it's cheaper anyway, but still. Someones gotta hit these people up side the head.
    Great one, kill the guy ManHunt style and they'll ban all video games.

    Quote Originally Posted by gilly3 View Post
    sony can you please send our pollies a couple of ps3s (with manuals).
    I'm quite superised that the PS3 isn't banned being region free. I hope they don't have the power to controll stuff like that. It'd be a shame for SONY to unite gamers with a region free console to only have it banned by some old farts in Australia.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mickice View Post
    I'm quite superised that the PS3 isn't banned being region free. I hope they don't have the power to controll stuff like that. It'd be a shame for SONY to unite gamers with a region free console to only have it banned by some old farts in Australia.
    Then they would import a PS3 as well.

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    Ok i have f-ing had enough of shis s*it! at first it was like ok so they banned a game, now they are f-ing banning anything and everything! I bet we in Australia wont even get Heavy rain because of some stupid reason. I send this plea to anyone who calls them self a gamer, or to anyone who really wanted to play a game but had it banned. We the gaming communtiy are strong and there are plenty of us, help us Australians fight for our right to play what we like. For too long the gaming community has been seen as a child oriented activity, yet the polititions openly admit that the average age of gamers today are in there 30's.
    So why not let us play more adult games? people have the right to CHOOSE wether they want to smoke (which we know for a FACT! kills people!) and still young kids do it and no-one does anything to stop them. People have the right to CHOOSE wether they want to gamble ( which we know for a FACT! rouins families) but the goverment still lets it happen.People have the right to CHOOSE wether they buy x-rated or r-rated movies and books, hell even the local news agent has r-rated books redily avaliable (which we all know young kid's go in there to look at) and the goverment still allows it! In my oppinion the gaming community need's to raise our collective voices and make some noise. Thank you to all who read this and happy gaming!

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    that sucks for the aussies..i think australia would be the perfect country for jack thompson
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    I can remember my younger days watching an ad on TV where a girl was in the shower and there was NOTHING interfering with your view of her rear(wasn't bad either) and now it's like every second ad is "Do you find something on TV offencive? let us know!" seems to be the same for games, some times heaps of games get through the bs and sometimes, like NOW, the most basic of basic things get thrown out, I preordered this game the other day also...

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    Hey, at least you guys can play Barbie's videogames yet, right?
    Nah, barbies horse adventure ruined that when she was caught smiling while riding a horse so it was declared a sexual thing, millions of young males became mad sexual predators and so it is now banned, pong is also banned now due to excessive violence against that poor ball

    Edit: almost forgot that perverted game TETRIS! how the devs managed to get that game through is beyond me! I've seen how that I block slides into places
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