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nekrosoft13
02-03-09, 09:24 PM
New South Wales Attorney-General, John Hatzistergos, believes that online games, such as MMOs, are illegal in his part of Australia. While the law he cites hinges on the definition of a computer game, EBGames and fellow retailers are playing it safe by yanking the "illegal" titles from shelves to protect themselves from huge fines and possible imprisonment:

The games industry believes there is a legal loophole exempting online games that don't have a single player component from classification requirements but this view is contradicted by the federal and state attorneys-general.
"The NSW legislation covers computer games bought online as well as those bought in stores, and treats single, multi-player and online games the same way," he said.

The spokesman added that enforcement of the act was the responsibility of police but penalties for breaking these laws ranged from $1100 to $11,000 for individuals and/or 12 months' imprisonment. For corporations the fines were approximately double.

"If there is any suggestion that any business is trading illegally, police need to know, and it should be reported," he said.

The message is clear: if you're a gamer, GTFO of Australia.

http://ve3d.ign.com/articles/news/44474/MMOs-May-Be-Illegal-In-Australia

NarcissistZero
02-03-09, 10:54 PM
Hey Crainger, I got room on my couch.

Sobbsy
02-03-09, 11:08 PM
I wish MMO's were illegal. That'd be great. Just leave everything else alone.

crainger
02-03-09, 11:09 PM
FFS. I blame all this on Rudd.

I might take you up on that offer Velvet.

nutcrackr
02-04-09, 12:51 AM
Sounds good to me, mmos suck.

(nana2)

NarcissistZero
02-04-09, 01:07 AM
This reminds me, some other forum I was on linked me to a youtube vid of a special public forum with the people who create these laws, and a guy stood up and asked why they banned Fallout 3. The attitudes of the AUS politicians were truly disgusting, as they instantly judged that guy as a deviant and basically made fun of him and twisted his words in front of TV cameras.

I had never seen politicians act that way in my whole life... in AUS, they're hardcore.

Retrolock
02-04-09, 01:09 AM
In Australia, Sesame street is PG 13

K007
02-04-09, 02:12 AM
****ing piece of **** country. the rudd government is going to drown this country.

WarGhSt
02-04-09, 03:00 AM
Isn't that a little pathetic?

crainger
02-04-09, 03:56 AM
This reminds me, some other forum I was on linked me to a youtube vid of a special public forum with the people who create these laws, and a guy stood up and asked why they banned Fallout 3. The attitudes of the AUS politicians were truly disgusting, as they instantly judged that guy as a deviant and basically made fun of him and twisted his words in front of TV cameras.

I had never seen politicians act that way in my whole life... in AUS, they're hardcore.

They love the power trip they get. It'll quickly flip though. As gamers get older and more popular, the vote will swing to more understanding politicians. I don't mind much when games are banned as I can easily import or direct download. But when they make OWNIng the games illegal, that's when I'll achieve critical mass then they'll ALL BE PLAYING FALLOUT FOR REALS! OM NOM NOM NOM NOM NOM pew pew pew pew.

Once EB realise how much money they lose when they aren't selling WOW crap, perhaps we'll see results.

Feyy
02-04-09, 08:15 AM
As i've said in every retarded thread about Australia doing retarded things:

lol australia

|MaguS|
02-04-09, 08:57 AM
Why don't they just outlaw any videogame thats not rated E since thats basically the direction their heading to.

WeReWoLf
02-04-09, 09:20 AM
If they did, then i'd be making friends with some people in the states who would gift me games over steam.

Chairman Rudd and his team of socialist liberators are making it hard to be technologically inclined.

Bearclaw
02-04-09, 10:21 AM
I don't understand why they are doing this. They're worse than that lawyer guy from florida.

mullet
02-04-09, 11:59 AM
I put MMO's in the same bin as Sims. I do feel bad for Australian's they seem to get hammered lately.

crainger
02-04-09, 01:26 PM
I don't understand why they are doing this. They're worse than that lawyer guy from florida.

Yeah, you guys have that free speech thing. We apparently don't. I think I might start running really fast, make unbelievable jumps and see certain things in red. That way I can get my game home to play it without the blues taking it.

Sgt_Pitt
02-04-09, 02:53 PM
The funny thing is nothing ever changes, we still do what we want :)

NarcissistZero
02-04-09, 03:36 PM
Yeah, you guys have that free speech thing. We apparently don't.

Well U.S. politicians try to do stuff like this, but the courts always block them. Is there a similar appeals court in AUS, and if so, do you have a clear freedome of expression right in your government?

WeReWoLf
02-04-09, 06:38 PM
There is an appeals court, but you have to have a QC qualified Barrister to plead your case in front of a high court. Only problem with that is, QC Qualified Barrister's charge about $20,000 per hour.

crainger
02-05-09, 01:55 AM
The funny thing is nothing ever changes, we still do what we want :)

Most of the time, but buying games legally becomes harder and harder as they clamp down on imports of banned games. A lot also boils down to lazy parents who rather the Government ban bad things, then work it out for themselves and be held responsible. The Average Joe is now getting a taste of how harsh it can be now the Government plans to ban internet porn.

Soccer moms can do without expensive consoles and Halos, but don't you dare take away their prons and online swingers sites.

NarcissistZero
02-05-09, 05:22 AM
Government plans to ban internet porn.

Now that's just cruel.

Vanzagar
02-05-09, 11:40 AM
I can't link to the article (work firewall) but why are they illegal exactly? What's the crime being commited exactly?

Vanz

BioHazZarD
02-05-09, 11:58 AM
wow thats insane really..

Bearclaw
02-05-09, 12:06 PM
There is an appeals court, but you have to have a QC qualified Barrister to plead your case in front of a high court. Only problem with that is, QC Qualified Barrister's charge about $20,000 per hour.

:headexplode:

WeReWoLf
02-05-09, 12:13 PM
Understandable why they charge so much though. It is impossible to obtain your QC status until you've had 25 years of study and practice with Constitutional Law. Basically, if you want to be a QC, you're gonna be about 50 before you get there.