Try Your Hand at Australian Censorship With Ban This Game

Try Your Hand at Australian Censorship With Ban This Game

image

Get ready to Ban This Game, a goofy little exercise in frenetic mouse clicking that shines yet more light on the plight of gamers in Australia.

Created by Conor O'Kane, an independent game developer living in Melbourne, Australia, Ban This Game is a simple quickie in which players click on game boxes and websites as they come flying across the screen. But there's a catch: They can only be clicked once they near the bottom of the screen and, with each click bouncing them up like a Pong ball, they must be clicked three times before they're banned. The concept is simple enough but with dozens of boxes bouncing all over the place and "Yakety Sax" blaring away in the background, the pace becomes rather frantic.

It's entertaining in small bites - rounds last about 45 seconds - but Ban This Game is obviously more about getting attention than about providing a solid gameplay experience. At the end of the game, a "tell me more" option provides interesting tidbits about the deplorable state of videogame ratings in Australia. Most of it will already be familiar to regular readers but for those unaware of the country's heavy-handed approach to censorship, it could be a bit of an eye-opener.

But there's also enough stupid fun here that I've played it at least a dozen times and will almost certainly hit it again a few times before I give up once and for all. My high score currently stands at 20 points; Michael Atkinson seems pretty happy with it but Stephen Conroy looks unimpressed. Think you can do better? Get a copy for yourself at banthisgame.com.

via: GamePolitics

Permalink

Oh yes
Oh so very very yes
I think this will be banned soon, though
Yay Australia!
Edit: I got 15 on my first try, and have since given up. Yay effort

yay chiana ...........Australia

lol, I liked the Bennie Hilll theme been used against it XD

The best I've done so far is 14, it's pretty hard, but also it's fun.

"Yakety Sax" blaring away in the background, the pace becomes rather frantic.
"Yakety Sax" blaring away in the background
Yakety Sax

Awesome detected. This game is win. :)

I scored 21 after only 2 tries, yay! That was more fun than it should have been, and the music from Beny Hill and Atkinson swinging to the tune made me laugh hard.

Mandatory Video game censorship? I thought that proposal got voted down or something.

First they ban handguns bigger than .38 caliber, then they ban videogames with any content more adult than 15 years old, and now they are banning the internet to an unknown level. Poor Australia :(

There are some people who believe that human rights should never be violated, ever, even if you think it could make the world a safer place...and then there are people who think that human rights are really just priledges, and that the government should have the power to violate any and all rights for the sake of making things safe.

Of course, that's not even taking into account the fact that there is no hard evidence to link videogames with homocidal mania.

Heheh I feel like this is an accurate representation of the process they take. In the game you might end up banning youtube, but Manhunt might slip through unclicked.

RelexCryo:
Of course, that's not even taking into account the fact that there is no hard evidence to link videogames with homocidal mania.

Isn't there evidence to the fact that videogames have reduced violent crimes sense they are an 'positive' outlet?

Wow, Yakety Sax and pretending to be Michael Atkinson...awesome!

That's a pretty cool game, I like the way indie devs use their art to spread a message.

Galaxy613:
Heheh I feel like this is an accurate representation of the process they take. In the game you might end up banning youtube, but Manhunt might slip through unclicked.

RelexCryo:
Of course, that's not even taking into account the fact that there is no hard evidence to link videogames with homocidal mania.

Isn't there evidence to the fact that videogames have reduced violent crimes sense they are an 'positive' outlet?

Yes crime over all has gone down. it's just more vocal now.

He banned Youtube D:

Distorted Stu:
He banned Youtube D:

No but a lot of videos I used to be able to get I can't anymore

Australia Censorship, promoting piracy in the name of family values.

i played it 3 times and my highest score was 3. showing both that i suck, and that i hate censorship.
i learned nothing, in other words.

Earthmonger:
Australia Censorship, promoting piracy in the name of family values.

Amen. I don't live in Australia but if I did, I would stop buying games legitimately.

Send in the ROFLcopters and some LOLmines, that was epic.

I feel so sorry for Australians. Bad enough they have insects and arachnids the size of small Buicks and almost every animal on that island is some form of ubersoldat killer beast, their dollar is worth even less than the Canadian one, and any time they leave their wonderful island nation, they get harassed by idiots with tired jokes about their accent or that song "Land Down Under" by Men At Work... To add to all that, having to put up with that donkey-raping dicksmurf Atkinson and the Morality Police, DUDE! That Sucks!

Khell_Sennet:
that song "Land Down Under" by Men At Work

It's not that bad...

Meh, it tells me nothing I haven't already read about before, but it is a bit of fun, and the music just makes it hilarious. I only got to 14 points though...

Absolutely hilarious!

If there's one thing I like about my country it's that we can poke fun at ourselves.

High-score is 20 so far.

High score of 17 here. Not a bad game, although the click-detection seems to fail sometimes. I click a game and nothing happens. Now someone needs to make a bullet-time mod for this game :P

I like how they made this game to be informative and comedic at the same time, watch it get banned in Australia sometime in the future.

 

Reply to Thread

Log in or Register to Comment
Have an account? Login below:
With Facebook:Login With Facebook
or
Username:  
Password:  
  
Not registered? To sign up for an account with The Escapist:
Register With Facebook
Register With Facebook
or
Register for a free account here