Reliable Source: Australia, Kittens and Accidental Racism

Oh dear god, you didn't just...

*rolling around laughing*

Especially at the very subtle joke on page 3

Oh, and page 5, a true beaut.

*hearty applause*

That was awesome. Think of how ridiculous Australia banning L4D 2? This is a joke, right?

no, L4D2 has been BANNED in austrailia,
ITs becoming another china

heliosa:
That was awesome. Think of how ridiculous Australia banning L4D 2? This is a joke, right?

Yeah, it got banned. Oz's government is composed of a bunch of fascist old farts attempting to cover up their nation's roots.

I call my younger cousin Sambo all the time (his name is Sam), does that mean I'm racist?

Oh my god... My life is a lie! I'm really a total jerk! OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!eleven!!!!!!!!!!!!!!/sarcasm

Also: I love this so much. Sarcasm is awesome! /not_sarcasm

Excellent summary of the main stories this week. However, I wouldn't consider Bobby Kotick as Ebenezer Scrooge just yet. I understand he's being a total idiot, but I still wouldn't consider him any worse than other high-ranking members of society.

*Looks left and right*

I'll keep an eye out for that cat.
You had to say it was in Ohio?

Love the cat, Aussies don't affect me, fruits and animals being banned from scribble for being potentially racist even though their context proves otherwise is quite a concern, and scrooge does it for publicity, promotion, and a guarantee on his investment in the company.

'However, the Australian ratings board countered that in terms of danger to children, games were second only to dingoes.'

I seriously laughed quite a lot to that line.

Really, the first left 4 dead made it through without much of a hitch, despite the dismemberment being close to the same (hell, you can blast a face off with a shotgun at point blank.) It goes to show, our ratings board are full of.. uneducated monkeys (to give it a nice, censored term)

Was that...?

And that...?

And even this:

"We aren't taking any chances by using words that might be misconstrued as racial epithets by people with low IQs and a deep-seeded distrust of technology," said a spokesperson for 5th Cell

Pure gold! Putting down the ignorance, an obscure sitcom reference, a maniacal kitten...even a scrooge joke! Gold, gold, gold!

When I saw "Accidental Racism", I thought the Nigerians would be involved...

Inconsistancies Arise:

Really, the first left 4 dead made it through without much of a hitch, despite the dismemberment being close to the same (hell, you can blast a face off with a shotgun at point blank.) It goes to show, our ratings board are full of.. uneducated monkeys (to give it a nice, censored term)

I think that's what has everyone sort of worried. Is the Australian ratings board getting stricter? Or is this because Valve didn't pay someone a big enough kickback this time around?

The DLC package released will also feature achievements for cheering whenever Cuba Gooding says anything and looking away in ignorance any time Ben Affleck is on screen. While Ubisoft is intent on recreating the experience, they've stated, "We want fewer explosions than Bay's opus, but we're excited about the intensity of the ones we've packed in".

Also, I'm pretty sure Ultrajoe will have some argument with some statements made. Mostly about games and dingoes not being second to the Sydney Funnel Web in terms of danger.

wilsonscrazybed:
I think that's what has everyone sort of worried. Is the Australian ratings board getting stricter? Or is this because Valve didn't pay someone a big enough kickback this time around?

Yea, it has certainly got me worried, if they turn around and say that MW2 is going to be banned because it 'unfairly depicts a person of certain ethnic backgrounds' then we know for certain that the board has gone mad with power. (plus my brother will not get his precious game)

I feel as though the board could ban any game and then justify it with a pathetic, yet well worded, reason.

It may also be something to do with our current government's little thing about 'embracing the digital revolution' in which they promised better internet for all citizens, but then decide that is a good idea to censor what is 'bad for the children' which, as we both know, is actually subjective in terms of what is truly bad for them. Obviously the banning of the game is both a censorship for the children so they are not corrupted by the games violence (i sniggered writing that line, as most of the time the games with excessive gore are played mostly by that age group) and to show the people of the country that the government does have control of what people can and cannot do legally.

For some, like the parents who believe that most of societies violence stems from GTA, this is a 'step in the right direction' and that the children are protected. For others, this is censorship and the government trying to control what we do. If the internet filters go through, what will stop them blocking everything that they see is a threat?

To finish, the Board would not accept bribes as they are the main force of rightfulness in society and the control of the bad stuff in the media is their way of showing it. *cough, Cough*

Honestly, why ban left 4 Dead 2. If they dont want little children playing it, it should be up to the paretns not to buy it for them and the game store guy to not sell it to people undr the age of 18, ive been refused a game because i was too young, pissed me off immensly but it was right of her.

Why should they punish everyone who is old and mature enough to play it, for the few people who cant play the game but want too.

Banning LFD2 for being to graphic is going to make it a big hit, even in Australia where in some (2 IIRC) states it will be as illegal (technically) to possess as kiddy porn.

Duke Nukem was banned and later released with the offending content crippled.
Took 5mins to find and install the patch to re-enable the offending content.

Must... Find... Blossom The Cat...
It on't hurt me, I swear! I love cats, and they love me!
COME HERE KITTY!

The Australian one was great; the dingo joke was great as was the scribblenauts one was great. One of the best ones. Keep it up!

What is the range of Kittens? I live one state over... I hope 2 locked doors (neither of which have doorknobs) will be enough to keep him out.
Great stories as always, I laughed a lot.

Residents should take caution [...] and at all costs avoid wearing clothes with tassels, fringe and other forms of decorative cording.

I think this advice counts regardless of the threat of sociopathic felines.

I really did fall out of my seat at page 5. Good show dear wilson.

Mr. Kotick, WHAT THE FUCK IS YOUR PROBLEM you donkey-dick sucking piece of cow diarrhea! Seriously, shut the fuck up, I hate you and I want you to die.

In all seriousness, is it just me or does he resemble a cartoonish villain? People shouldn't be allowed to get involved with an industry they don't like or respect. He should at least pretend that he is not a complete asshole! Instead of that he just comes out and says: I have no respect for anyone but money! Discretion? Screw discretion, I have money!

Also, wtf killer kittens???

As an Australian who lives a very comfortable life, I get quite annoyed when people say or imply that Australia is a terrible place. The Australian ratings board is not Australia, so gamers, let's not demonise a country for what one council does. They're idiots, yes. That doesn't mean that we all are.

Yes, this is sort of lame. But it's just one game. Yes, they have refused other games entry before. But like them, I'm willing to bet that L4D2 will get crippled violence and come through anyway, and people who really want the content can probably hack for it or find someone who can.

Oh, and about "boycotting Australia" by refusing to buy Vegemite: it's owned by Americans. But then, that might've been the point of the line. Either way, I see what you did there, and it's spreading misinformation, even if it is lighthearted. I do not approve.

indeed Silva. Australia is no longer australia, it is China. Well spoken brother!

Silva:
As an Australian who lives a very comfortable life, I get quite annoyed when people say or imply that Australia is a terrible place. The Australian ratings board is not Australia, so gamers, let's not demonise a country for what one council does. They're idiots, yes. That doesn't mean that we all are.

indeed Silva! Australia is no longer Australia, it is China! Well spoken brother!

raunchysandwich:
indeed Silva! Australia is no longer Australia, it is China! Well spoken brother!

Yes, thank you for reading only every second word in my post.

It's not that we are a terrible country, its that a large percentage of out politicians are more conservative then our average monarchy.

As for vegemite, it's the alright tasting stuff that everyone worships more than they do Captain Cook(lrn ur history) that owned by Americans, eaten by more Japanese than anyone else, and stinks up the air everyday as I go by the factory on the way to school (its just a couple of k's from Melbourne CBD).

Now we may never look at a cat the same way again... all thanks to you Escapist!... Here's a link to a cute picture anyway!

http://www.thefunnyjunks.com/wp-content/uploads/Image/2007/March/Weird-stuff/the-scary-cat/scary-cat.jpg

I may have found our culprit on the cat murders... HAVE YOU SEEN THIS CAT? Reward: free air!!!

Silva:
Oh, and about "boycotting Australia" by refusing to buy Vegemite: it's owned by Americans. But then, that might've been the point of the line. Either way, I see what you did there, and it's spreading misinformation, even if it is lighthearted. I do not approve.

You know, when I read the news about the L4D2 boycotters going after vegemite I asked myself the same question; "Why Vegemite?" Why not Platypuses (Platipi?), Paul Hogan, or Boomerangs?" I guess for those protesters it's more about sending a message to the vegemite industry that backed the ARB with a 12 million AUS donation (about 250 USD). Their message was clear; Australian's who game have less time to eat Vegemite. More to the point, Gabe Newell is an outspoken critic of the Vegemite industry. In one interview he actually said "How can you eat the stuff you scrape the toilet in a sandwich?"

Perhaps it was the pressure from that statement that made Left 4 Dead 2 fail to earn a rating. Or perhaps the addition of a cricket bat to the game's weapons was just too much seeing as how some might be reminded of the horrible cricket massacre of 1912. Either way, as an American, I am deeply disturbed that the Vegemite industry's leaving my Kangaroo riding friends without the ability to kill zombies with me this winter.

wilsonscrazybed:
Reliable Source: Australia, Kittens and Accidental Racism

"You play as Howard Mason, a grizzled sailor on shore-leave who is visiting his family for the first time in many years."

Crazywilson is into anime! no wonder ^-^

'However, the Australian ratings board countered that in terms of danger to children, games were second only to dingoes.'

Don't man, just don't. Ugh, what the fuck is with foreigners and the insensitivities towards Aussies? Don't ever make a dingo-baby joke again wilson. Seriously.

on the lighter side, the rest of it was funny.

Silva:

raunchysandwich:
indeed Silva! Australia is no longer Australia, it is China! Well spoken brother!

Yes, thank you for reading only every second word in my post.

I don't get it, where does it say that?

Zeeky_Santos:

Silva:

raunchysandwich:
indeed Silva! Australia is no longer Australia, it is China! Well spoken brother!

Yes, thank you for reading only every second word in my post.

I don't get it, where does it say that?

It doesn't, which is the butt of the joke.

Vegemite is owned by Kraft, an American company.

 

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