The world can only exist with a properly working internet service.
The World of Warcraft that is; and Facebook and Twitter and all the other cyber realities that require an efficient communications network.
So obviously most online gamers and Facebook fiends were salivating at the speeds promised by the Federal Government’s National Broadband Network. It was heralded as bringing Australia into the “modern age” of telecommunications with internet speeds faster than Usain Bolt driving a Ferrari.
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Welcome to this week’s I Call Bullshit, a column that looks at all kinds of myths and mistruths, at falsehoods, fiction and fabrications. This week we look at whether gamers are breaching international conventions when they loot, pillage, or kill.
I’m no war criminal. Not even a virtual one. That’s because I’ve never played a violent video game – or indeed any video game since Donkey Kong. The original version.
But if the Red Cross has their way, it raises the question of whether I could be up on some kind of charge for (ahem) enjoying The Human Centipede.
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A moral panic is facing the City of Churches - a bar and lounge has opened in the CBD and its patrons are that most frightening subset of youth culture – the Gamer.
The opening of the Pimp Pad Gamers Bar and Lounge next to Eynesbury Senior College, smack-bang in the centre of down-town Adelaide, has provoked the far too oft-heard wowsers clarion call ‘won’t somebody think of the children’ to be trumpeted by long-time Adelaide City Councillor, Ann Moran.
The fun police troopers are heeding the call and assembling their forces to clamp down hard on the Gamers venue, staunchly opposing its liquor license. Fuelled by Councillor Moran’s claims that an adult entertainment venue next door to a senior high school will act as a ‘honey trap for kids’. Portrayals of violent and sex-crazed patrons in a venue of sleaze and strippers’ poles abound.
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Well, it was years in the making.
It has taken countless meetings, public submissions, reports, and years of debate, but on the incredibly long-overdue introduction of an R18+ category into the national classification system for video games, the Standing Committee of Attorneys-General (SCAG, to you and me) has finally decided to take action…
… and they’ve decided to wait a little longer to make a decision.
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