THE CHINA of the South Pacific, formally known as Australia, has found something else it wants to censor.
Not happy with its failed attempts to build a system similar to the Great Firewall of China, the Aussie governmeent has now set its sights on gamers, promising to use its Internet censorship regime to block websites hosting and selling video games that are not suitable for 15 year olds.
Australia is the only developed country without an R18+ classification for games, meaning any titles that do not meet the MA15+ standard are banned.
Once this daft little law only applied to shops flogging copies of video games, but now it seems that is not enough for the lawmakers of Oz. The Aussies are going to blacklist every website in the world that does not conform to its daft game censorship law.
This blacklisting will be done at the ISP level and people will not have the option to tell their ISP to let them have access to that particular game.
According to the Sydney Morning Herald, the average age of the Aussie gamer is 30, so this is going to make the gamers down under incandescent with rage. After all, if most games are not being played by kids under 18 then who is the government actually protecting?
The government is also stepping beyond what it campaigned for in the last election. Then it said that it would help parents deal with cyber-safety and there was no mention of stopping adults from playing games or blocking ordinary websites entirely.
This could mean that games like World of Warcraft and Second Life, which are not classified in Australia, will be blocked there. µ
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Either that or it's a really intense holiday