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Gold Coast Mayor and former Olympian Cr Ron Clarke is claiming the credit for stopping the Australian release of a computer game that its critics say incites the crime of graffiti vandalism.
The game, Marc Ecko's Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure, was refused classification by the Federal Government's Classification Review Board earlier this week.
This means the game cannot be imported, sold, demonstrated or hired in this country, making Australia the only country in the world where the game has been banned.
The game was due to be released worldwide this week.
Cr Clarke said Getting Up promoted graffiti on public property, train-surfing, fighting and other anti-social behaviour.
"I am delighted the Review Board has voted in favour of preventing the potential escalation of these social and financial costs to our community," Cr Clarke said in a statement.
The decision was endorsed by the Federal Attorney-General, Philip Ruddock, who had asked the board to review of the game's MA15+ classification in response to concerns raised by Cr Clarke and others.
"It's unfortunate that during this day and age a government will implement censorship policies which are tantamount to book burning practices from the past," the game's distributor, Attari, said in a statement.
Originally posted by Lamagraa
just a quick question here if i bought here in sunny cali and shippped it to you could u get into trouble
That would be sick indeed
"New anti-classification circumvention measures will leave
those attempting to play vandalism simulation Getting
Up: Contents Under Pressure despite bans in several
EU countries and Australia liable for prosecution, a spokesman
for the ESRB (Entertainment Software Rating Board) said today.
The technology, developed by the ratings watchdog, works by
logging the IP addresses of players who are connected the
internet, typically via broadband services, while playing the
game. As IP (Internet Protocol) addresses log location
details, information of this type is already proving valuable
to authorities who monitor access to prohibited media
content. Information can then be shared with law
enforcement agencies who can decide whether further
action will be necessary. Already widely used in China
where censorship is rife, the technology is being put to
use in Australia where federal and state authorities are
currently in the midst of a graffiti crackdown. "Increased
monitoring powers, coupled with orders from the top to
keep Melbourne clean for (the Commonwealth Games),
mean we expect to see further raids resulting from
information provided by the code embedded in this game"
said an AFP source, speaking on condition of anonymity."