Archive for November, 2009

Calling all Gamers and Brain Eaters

16549_202859276256_592721256_4376377_623800_nIn conjunction with Gamers for a Proper Rating System in Australia, the DocNetwork is proud to bring to Sydney, a Zombie Walk of Epic proportions.

Now this isn’t just any ordinary Zombie Walk, the overarching reason for this, is to raise attention for the abysmal state that the Australian ratings system is in. This has been in response to the fact that Left4Dead 2 had been banned and subsequently censored to allow for its release. Symbolically this Zombie Walk brings a call to action about the fact that Australia still does not have an R-18+ rating for games. So if your a Gamer, or just like Zombies, please come along, have a laugh.

The path that will be taken will start at Hyde Park.

The route is as follows: Hyde Park war memorial at around 11, and making our way towards Town Hall at 11:30.
After screwing around for as long as we think is necessary, we’ll be heading down George street, and up Ultimo Rd to Darling Harbour, where screwing around will re-commence.
From there, it’s down Pyrmont Bridge, and down Market St back to the Hyde Park fountain.

For more information and to let us know if your attending, please visit the below link and mark that you are attending.

We’ll be there and we’ll be covering this event on the fly. So we hope to see you there

Enough is enough Atkinson!

Like tens of thousands of Australian’s, I have pre-ordered Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, and I even went as far as shelled out $200 for the special edition version that came with the night vision goggles, why? Because this franchise is freaking awesome, and it comes out in exactly 9 days, well that’s if our favourite SA Attorney General doesn’t have anything to do with it.

‘Leaked’ game play footage which can be accessible from YouTube displaying what is listed as a skippable mission where the player has to infiltrate a terrorist cell; as a result the player has to run through a airport shooting up unarmed civilians. Once again THIS IS A SKIPPABLE MISSON… well it was a skippable mission in Australia, if the Australian Council on Children gets their way, one of two things will occur, this mission will cease to exist, or the game in its entirety will be banned from sale.

Now its somewhat hilarious that the Australian Council on Children would even think that they would have an opinion on a game that at the moment has an MA-15+ rating, a rating by all definitions means that children aren’t even allowed to purchase or play it. But this once again raises an issue I have raised a number of times before, and I will continue to raise it. If Parents actively paid attention to the content they are buying their children, this wouldn’t even be a problem, granted yes an R-18+ rating would help as well, but the bigger issue is yes Children should not be playing these games… though that has more to do with the fact that they are not targeted at children.

InfinityWard, the Developer of the Call of Duty franchise came out earlier this week stating that the whole reason for the level is to bring home the atrocity of terrorism, and also stated that the mission while not only being an optional one, but also stated that the mission was graphic and depicted scenes that would be traumatic to some people.

As a result of this, and the fact that shooting civilians incurs a penalty in the rest of the game, the Office of Film and Literature Classification approved the game for sale and game it a MA-15+ rating, the highest that can be given, despite the fact that the game itself warrants an R-18+, but since one does not exist, MA-15+ is the highest available.

As a part of gaming reality occurs, games are becoming more and more realistic, becoming more interactive movie than game, unfortunately until game ratings fall in step with the rest of media, this will continue to cause friction between the OFLC and the growing number of technologically gifted individuals who wish to play games that the purest definition of the OFLC Code of Conduct allows them being that Adults should be allowed to do watch what they want.

The OFLC can only make a ruling on a game they have already cleared for sale up until the day of release, before having to resort to other methods to have content removed from sale.