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The Great Australian Firewall will try blocking websites that host or sell video games not suitable for children under the age of 15. A spokesman for Senator for Victoria Stephen Conroy told The Age on Thursday that the government's internet censorship regime will extend to downloadable and web-based games that don't meet …

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Re: All your minds are belong to us

"...think of the wimmin"? Be a little more specific, please. I can't imagine you're merrily lumping us all in with religious bigots.

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Black Helicopters

Free country?

Sorry, but no place on Earth has come close in over 100 years. Any criticism leveled against the government isn't valid so long as people continue to support political solutions. This is political democracy in action, no point in complaining unless you reject the entire system that goes with it.

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Big Brother

YES!!! YES!!!!

I was fed up of all the Aussies telling me how much better their lifestyle and weather is than the UKs, now they're heading towards a dictatorship, I AM LAUGHING MY HEAD OFF!!!

Get it RIGHT UP YE!!!

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Gates Halo

Sites that would be banned:

Amazon

eBay

Valve (Steam)

Microsoft (XBL and Games for Windows Live)

Sony (PS3 thingy)

Blizzard

Direct2Drive

FilePlanet

Online versions of Big Box stores

Why you gotta be that guy Auz?

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Still wonder

What kind of person really thinks that they have the rights to define what other Adult can or cannot see or do.

Adults are supposed to be able to decide for themselves, that's what makes them adults.

Funnily enough I read (in an Australian report) a few years ago that the reason that XXX movies were banned (censored) in Australia was because they were so "violent" (mind you XXX is usually defined as non-violent porn), however at the very same time R18+ allows for various chainsaw massacre movies, and movies where people are having bits chopped off.

So Basically censors throughout the world thinks this way.

showing breasts, rear ends, without clothe or natural human reproduction someone swearing, or criticising religion - end of the civilised world, must be censored.

Seeing someone getting gutted, or cut to pieces in graphic details - that is natural, occurs everywhere anyhow, so no problem.

lol, check out any kind of media censorship through out the world, and that's the general rule, a bit of breast, sex, or the like, then they censor it heavily. Violence, that's ok - after all the usual robberies are done by someone whipping out their unmentionable and threatening to wack off.. in front their victims.. Never heard of a gun, or knife used for violent robberies, or murders - have you ?

Sorry, but I really cannot figure out the censorship through out the world, nor why it exists.

When people starts to believe they have the "rights" to decide what is appropriate for others, then we have already left freedom, civil rights behind, and civilisation behind, and are now talking dictatorships of one kind or another - or at the very least the initial steps towards it.

Child porn is already illegal because child abuse is illegal, under most laws, in most countries, how about enforcing these laws, pressuring the last few places where child abuse is not illegal, to make it illegal, instead of pulling the easy censorship card out, which all too often leads to corruption, and abuses of people's civil rights. In other words, let's do something about the problem "child abuse", instead of hiding it "censorship".

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@Michael Nielsen

Australia isn't the only country with that kind of schizophrenia towards sex and violence. Just take a look at the greatest split-personality suffering country of all - America. You can watch someone being dismembered limb by limb much easier than you can see two people having consensual sex.

Anyone but me think that's slightly unhealthy?

As for mainstream TV, Family Guy put it best.

'They will clean up all your talking in a menace such as this

They will make you take a tinkle when you want to take a p*ss

And they'll make you call fellatio a trouser-friendly kiss

It's the plain situation!

There's no negiotiation!

With the fellows at the freakin FCC!'

Burn 'em all.

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Big Brother

Why not just be done with it?

And jsut build a huge wall around the island, cut off all communications and turn it back into a prison....

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Big Brother

love this...

<quote>

Ah, Australia!

By LaeMi Qian Posted Friday 26th June 2009 12:13 GMT

Beautiful one day, [CENSORED] the next.

</quote>

Please tell me your name's Chinese. It would make it even funnier.

I promised the missus that, after being in the UK for a while, we'd move back to Aus. Really, really, starting to regret that now: expensive food, expensive beer, expensive clothes, expensive broadband; thought I would be leaving all that behind.

At least the free online content filter protects my sweet, innocent, incapable-of-having-had-a-single-mature-thought-since-i-was-15, mind from dangerous influences like a computer game. Here's the thing: the MA15+ is rated for 15 year old girls as well as boys, so it's games that 50-yr-old politicians think are inappropriate for 15-yr-old girls.

[chose the pic because it's the closest to hitler i could find.]

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@Sara Bee (actually more like @All your minds...)

children, women, what about the men? there are plenty of things that WE (I am myself a proud cardholding member of this exclusive club) do not enjoy or condone (IF you choose to group half the population of earth (aprox) into one huge demographic and then discount the oppinions of a few million...)

When will we get a great internet firewall that blocks out the great social mind pornography that is soap series? Eastenders and Corrie is corrupting out young boys and men and making them believe it's normal to behave like complete lunatics or that they represent normal social relationships... or that you can go to your room in one episode and never be seen again!?!?

Tis an outrage!

If only we could make some sort of consensus over what everyone likes or dislikes, and then kill off the minorities... we would finaly have harmony.

I guess we could just imprison the people who don't agree with 'us' (whoever 'us' are) but quite frankly I find this to be just one huge cop out.

androgynous person with jacket who could be of any age and of any sex!

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@jake (Is this any real loss?)

Yes, it certainly is. You ask "Does anyone over the age of 15 actually play computer games?" Well, I (mid-thirties) do, my housemate (also mid-thirties) does, my GF (mid-twenties), my parents (both mid-sixties) and any number of other people play games of all kinds. Just because YOU don't, you don't think anyone else needs to either? That's verging dangerously close to the kind of thinking that our dear Senator Stalin^H^H^H^H^H^HConroy is using when he thinks there's not going to be a backlash over this.

Oh, and AC(26th June 10:33): FOSTER'S a worthwhile contribution to the world?! What on earth were you drinking beforehand that Foster's actually seems like an improvement? It could all be poured straight back into the horse it came from and leave the world a better place. We only ship it out to other countries because nobody here will touch the stuff.

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@Ross Atkins

Yes, you play games but those games are all rated MA15+ or lower. Anything rated above that is ILLEGAL. It's the highest classification that exists in Australia.

I, like you, don't agree with the filter but people are having the wrong argument. They don't want you to stop playing Mahjong or Spider Solitaire. They just want to stop downloads of "Let's beat the cr*p out of women for points" - which is illegal and can't be bought anywhere in Australia (legally).

So, let's talk about censorship, the secrecy of the list, the double-talk, etc. But to get distracted into "not only 15 year olds play games" dilutes the arguments that are worth having.

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@kevin

the problem is from this report i dont beleive it is just going to be lets beat the crap out of women thats going to be banned !

and anyway more to the point everybody is making

is it not my decision if i want to play letsbeat the crap out of women game

tbh depending on how the game is made it may even be humorous. what about the the game for fighting gods e.g. you could pitch jesus VS buddah etc etc

That would get banned for being so controversial but hey i laughed my bollocks off and im christian.

but then again not everybody would find it funny some people found it offensive and tried to get it banned !!!

make your own mind up unless you would like somebody else to tell you if its offensive. and will you believe them and trust them ?? (whilst they build moats for a 100k)

http://current.com/items/90000441_jesus-vs-muhammed-game-fuels-hatred.htm

and the actual game

http://www.molleindustria.org/faith-fighter-one

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@Ross Atkins

Read the rest of mine. I think you'll find it more balanced than you thought.

Agree about Fosters. I'll drink Bud Light before Fosters.

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