David Doe and Australia's First Gamer Rights Political Party

Let's hear it for David Doe from Firemint for actively doing something against our broken games classification system. The Gamers 4 Croydon party was formed by David to run against South Australian Attorney-General and stubborn R18+ games rating denier, Michael Atkinson, in next year's state election.

Children's lobby group wants Modern Warfare 2 banned in Australia

When news spread about the recently leaked video of the airport scene in the upcoming Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 game, it caused considerable concern from gamers and news outlets alike. Although no background details are given about the mission in question of the footage, it has many concluding that that player is involved in a terrorist massacre inside an airport where civilians are gunned down amid screams and chaos.

Left 4 Dead 2 ban appeal fails

While Valve have already prepared a less gory version of Left 4 Dead 2 version for Australians just in case their appeal to lift the ban of the original version fails, it's not the version they want to ever see released. However, it looks like that will be what we will be playing come November 17. An independent review has agreed with the original OFLC ruling to refuse classification for the zombie action game in its original state, which means that it cannot be sold on our shores.

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Valve responds to Left 4 Dead 2 ban

Shacknews has been able to get a few words out of Valve in response to the news that their highly anticipated Zombie shooter, Left 4 Dead 2, has been refused classification in Australia due to its "realistic, frenetic and unrelenting violence". VP of marketing at Valve, Doug Lombardi, had this to say about the whole situation. From Shacknews...

IEAA CEO says adult rating for video games long overdue

CEO of the Interactive Entertainment Association of Australia, Ron Curry, has written an opinion piece for ABCNews online on the rapidly maturing video games sector and how it's been bogged down by an insufficient classification system. He provides some impressive game sale results of 2008 and outlines some interesting research results conducted by Bond University to show how widespread games entertainment is today.