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And for pudding, different weapons are used at different times. Upgrading RPG-style only makes sense if you've got several methods for dealing with the same problem - that's when you choose what sort of character you are. That's role playing. But in a shooter, if you're faced with snipers and have been plugging all your points into shotguns and pistols, then you get to eat shit on toast.

That's all I've got to say about that. Next week: why HD is a fad, and why we should all go back to living in the treetops playing Atari 2600.

"A violent game was refused classification because of outdated legislation, therefore a police state can only be just around the corner.

Interesting logic there."
- harhol, from last week's XP comments

You may have an irritatingly sarcastic point, but this is the thin end of a wedge, and I bet if more people had spoken up around the time Hitler was still gigging the beer-hall circuit then a lot of unpleasantness could have been avoided. But I didn't have much space last week to talk about the real issue: the Australian government's attempts to ban the Internet.

Okay, not ban the Internet, just those bits of it the government don't like. That's a big article I linked there, so let me give you the highlights reel. Various forms of the Australian government have been working on creating a national Internet filter that would block all access to blacklisted sites by anyone within Australia (with the added bonus of reducing Internet speeds nationwide by an estimated 20%). Ostensibly this would be to stop child porn, but exactly what qualifies a site for addition to the blacklist is a matter the government continually fails to clarify. Under half of the sites on the given blacklist were related to child porn. Most of the rest were perfectly legal, normal, wholesome grown-up porn.

Other sites added to the proposed blacklist included ones related to suicide methods, pro-anorexia, voluntary euthanasia and anti-abortion, and whether or not you agree with anything these sites promote, they all represent individual choice. They also propose to block websites that sell banned material. This would include sites like PlayAsia.com, which I frequently use to import US-released games that have been refused classification here. Attempts have even been made to ban or restrict scrutiny of the filtering proposal itself.

That is what scares me. Of course, the proposal has been heavily criticized, would create crippling technical issues, is almost impossible to enforce, and probably won't even go ahead in the end. But the point is, they really, REALLY want to do this. And if they can do it here, someone could do it ANYWHERE. Like, say, YOUR country. Also, there's a BEAR behind you. RUN.

Yahtzee is a British-born, currently Australian-based writer and gamer with a sweet hat and a chip on his shoulder. When he isn't talking very fast into a headset mic he also designs freeware adventure games and writes the back page column for PC Gamer, who are too important to mention us. His personal site is www.fullyramblomatic.com.

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