Australia's Atkinson resigns from office
Australia's Atkinson resigns from office

South Australia Attorney-General Michael Atkinson, for some time the only opposition to introducing a R18+ classification for video games in the country, announced over the weekend that he was resigning from his position as Attorney-General immediately. Holding his position as MP for over 20 years, Atkinson will step down fully at the end of his term in 2014, his role a backseat one in the interim.

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22 March 2010
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Mac gamers seemingly forgotten re: Dragon Age: Origins- Awakening
Mac gamers seemingly forgotten re: Dragon Age: Origins- Awakening

While excited gamers this week have been treated to the first full expansion to BioWare's epic RPG Dragon Age: Origins, customers who purchased the Mac port of the game are left wondering when they'll get in on the latest content themselves. Since being launched the Mac port hasn't been supported in the least, and nobody at any of the involved companies have confirmed or denied whether or not the expansion will be coming to OSX.

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20 March 2010
Does buying game gold make you a horrible person?
Does buying game gold make you a horrible person?

We Fly Spitfires, one of my favourite blogs, posted an entry documenting a recent spat in the WoW-blogosphere regarding that terrible dragon of gold-buying. I'll admit upfront that I've bought gold in World of Warcraft before; back when I first started playing and the thought of how much grinding I'd need to go through in order to purchase my first mount, the time commitment seemed unlikely. A little spam message in my inbox telling me how much game-gold I could get for a pittance of money seemed like a no-brainer: in the trade off between grinding for time, amidst my actual real life day job, or plunking down cash for the same result, ease won out.

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16 March 2010
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46k petitions delivered by EB Games in favour of Australian R18+ video game classification
46k petitions delivered by EB Games in favour of Australian R18+ video game classification

Earlier today, Australia's largest video game retailer, EB Games, delivered forty-six thousand submissions to the federal Attorney-General's department supporting their recent discussion paper around creating an R18+ classification for video games. EB Games collected submissions in all of their stores across Australia, as well as online, and in just two weeks it collected the staggering number of favorable statements advocating such a classification for 18+ video games.

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26 February 2010
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Beware the oncoming onslaught of Satanic videogames
Beware the oncoming onslaught of Satanic videogames

In an article on Tuesday over at The Bulletin (Philadelphia's family newspaper), Susan Brinkmann explores a growing problem facing today's "avid gamers" and their immortal souls. Specifically, a rise in the proliferation of satanic-themed video games targeting God, Catholicism specifically and Judeo-Christianity in general. Most of the article is built up on quotes by a 32 year old named Lance Christian who declares matter-of-factly that "the devil has a new tool to work with in this age of technology, and the majority of adults in a position of responsibility are left in the dark."

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25 February 2010
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Assassin's Creed 2 will require constant internet connection on PC
Assassin's Creed 2 will require constant internet connection on PC

Confirming their dedication to previous announcements, Ubisoft has recently said that the PC version of Assassin's Creed 2 will utilize their latest attempt at DRM, necessitating an always-on internet connection for the duration of your game time. Rock Paper Shotgun says that this is "open contempt for paying customers" and, frankly, I agree with them.

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19 February 2010
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PSA: A Fix For Flower's PS3 Error #80029564
PSA: A Fix For Flower's PS3 Error #80029564

You may recall an article I wrote back in December regarding my experiences with getting Flower, an indie title by developer thatgamecompany available for download on the PlayStation Network, downloaded and installed on my then-new PS3. Last night I serendipitously got an email from someone who had the same problem as myself, who figured out a simple and rather ingenious way to get the game installed correctly.

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15 February 2010
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