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R18+ Classification in Australia, SA Attorney-General John Rau backs the new games rating

A new classifications system for computer games that will "increase protection for children and provide parents with clearer guidance" will be supported by the State Government. Attorney-General John Rau has said today that he supports the Federal Government's national push to create an R18+ classification for games but he would abolish the MA15+ classification in SA.

 

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Mr Rau has been quoted saying:

 

This model will give parents greater certainty about the appropriateness of games for their children.

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Trackmania 2 trailer, looking like another winner

The Trackmania 2 announcement trailer is out and it is looking mighty fine! The video has some serious amounts of motion-blur added to it, but it doesn't take away the fact that the game looks ridiculously fun. Check out the trailer below!

 

 

Nadeo (the group behind the game) are remaining very quiet regarding the release date, with the only form of a release date the following words: "coming soon... very soon".

 

PopCap's Plants Vs. Zombies Hits Nintendo DS

Not a huge story, but if you've ever played this game you know how awesome it is. PopCap, makers of games like the insanely addictive office favorite BeJeweled, have released their highly successful and original title Plants Vs. Zombies for the Nintendo's handheld.

 

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Basically, zombies are trying to attack your house. Whether it's your front door, your backyard (in which you somehow install a pool halfway through the zombie apocalypse), or your roof, the zombies are out to get you. And they'll attach you day, night, even when it's very foggy and visibility conditions are terrible. Especially when visibility is terrible, come to think of it. And they're in wetsuits, dressed like Michael Jackson from Thriller, riding zambonis and bobsleds, and totally out to eat your brains. The only thing standing between you and them is an arsenal of anthropomorphic plants ready to stop them, literally, in their tracks. From IGN's screenshots, it looks as though the DS version even gets some new levels.

 

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Sony admits PSN is down, also admits your credit card details and other personal info may have been stolen

The Sony Saga is ongoing and while the PlayStation Network is still down, more information is leaking out on just how severe this hack has been for Sony. The intrusion started nine days ago and it [the PSN and Qriocity services] have been down for six days.

 

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Sony have stated they've hired a "recognized security firm" to conduct a complete investigation into what happened and have taken steps to enhance security and strengthen network infrastructure.

 

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Mario & Sonic Team Up For The 2012 Olympics

I guess Sonic would be a sure thing for the 100m dash. Or you know, any running event. I guess Mario could high jump? The upcoming 2012 London Olympics will welcome the reuniting two of retro and modern gamers' favorite iconic mascots, Nintendo's Mario and SEGA's Sonic the Hedgehog. These two don't generally play together (miles and miles of red tape), but the Olympics (for some reason) means they're going to be hanging out.

 

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Their suite of special games will be hitting the Wii (probably the Wii 2/Stream/Project Cafe by that point, no?) and the 3DS, so stay posted for more news on this.

 

Also, do you think the Sonic games will have Olympic rings everywhere? Just a thought.

 

TOKYO (April 21, 2011) - SEGA® Corporation and Nintendo Co., Ltd. today announced that the record breaking partnership of Mario™ and Sonic™ will once again join forces on the Wii™ home video game system and, for the first time ever, on the Nintendo 3DS™ . Over 19 million people worldwide have bought video games from the Mario and Sonic series, and now the much loved duo are heading to London to participate in the officially licensed Olympic-themed video game, Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games™.A host of exciting new headline events, including soccer and equestrian will debut on the Wii version appearing alongside classic Olympic disciplines, such as athletics, aquatics and table tennis. These new sports are sure to ignite even more fierce...

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Project Cafe? Wii 2? Stream? Whatever It's Called, You Can Play It At E3

If you haven't heard about Nintendo's upcoming next-gen console, you probably live under a rock. Not like the "funny" GEICO commercial kind of living-under-a-rock (because seriously, who gives a damn about saving a measly 15% on car insurance, maybe? Make it 50%, and I'll leave my cave), but you must actually dwell in some kind of subterranean home, because no one can shut up about this. Ourselves included.

 

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Either way, the new system, codenamed / referred to as Project Cafe, Wii 2, or even Stream (seriously? "Stream"?), will be completely playable at the Electronics & Entertainment Expo this June. Nintendo sources told Kotaku "Playable means playable for everyone".

 

Of course there will probably be mammoth lines and 30-60 second MAX time limits imposed (except for that one little @#$%- there's always one), but hey- still get to play!

 

Many Many Sadfaces: PlayStation Network Still Down

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Bad news everyone- despite all of our hopes that in the very least there would be a modicum of effort made to explain the recent PlayStation Network outages, The Official Sony PlayStation Blog managed to crush our dreams once again:

 

I know you are waiting for additional information on when PlayStation Network and Qriocity services will be online. Unfortunately, I don't have an update or timeframe to share at this point in time.

As we previously noted, this is a time intensive process and we're working to get them back online quickly. We'll keep you updated with information as it becomes available. We once again thank you for your patience.

I don't know who's more frustrated- the PSN users unable to play their precious games or the Customer Support representatives that have to listen to their constant whining.

 

Nintendo's next-gen console codenamed Project Cafe, faster than the PS3, will look like a modernized SNES

Nintendo's next-gen console codenamed Project Cafe, aka Wii 2 has had some leaked details, estimated pricing, release dates, console design, processing architecture and of course, the name. According to people close to the project, Nintendo's next-gen console should have a retail price of between $350 and $400 and will ship from Taiwanese manufacturer, Foxconn in October of this year.

 

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Things of course could change at any time and Nintendo could choose to delay the release until 2012 to build a mammoth supply of the consoles so there would be no stock restrictions for salivating customers wanting a new Nintendo-branded console. The console is set to be powered by AMD's R700 GPU architecture which should throw some seriously large punches at the NVIDIA 7800GTX-based processor in the PlayStation 3.

 

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Come To Dolores Park With Capcom 4/23 To Frolic, Tatsumaki Senpyuukyaku

Hey San Franciscoans, if you bother to check your RSS feeds tomorrow when you're hungover from gearing up for the holiday weekend, make sure to swing over to Dolores Park in San Francisco's Mission District with your Nintendo 3DS and copy of Street Fighter IV in tow.

 

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Capcom
and Destructoid are teaming up for a day in the park together, with lots of SF IV swag and even SF IV themed pizza! Wait, really? Like pizza in the shape of Blanka's head or something? That's incredible. Full post after the break!

 

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Black Phoenix Alchemy Lets You Smell Like Your Avatar. Yes, Seriously.

What does a half-elf smell like? According to Black Phoenix Alchemy, "White sandalwood, beeswax, white tea leaf, oud, and a hint of sophisticated urban musk". That's right- all you players of Advanced Dungeon & Dragons, and any other fantasy-based role-playing game for that matter, now have an arsenal of scents to add to your battleaxes, maces and broadswords.

 

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Black Phoenix Alchmey, purveyor and manufacturer of "dark, romantic Gothic" scent and oils, has expanded its catalog to include those inspired by old-school RPG experiences. The North Hollywood, CA-based "Lab" is offering a variety of scents for all sorts of classic races and classes to augment any gaming session. Or you know, to just hit some bars. Imagine the conversation:

 

"Hey, you smell good, what is that?"
"Shimmering celestial musk with vanilla, white honey, acacia. And sugar cane."
"Wow. What's that called?"
"...GOOD."

 

Because that's what it's called, along with Neutral, Evil, Chaotic, and Lawful. And let's not forget that they're offering Half-Elf, Elf, Dwarf, Mage, Paladin, Rogue, Warrior, and so many other wonderful concoctions. They can be yours for $17.50 each, or you can request some samples. Either way, check out this site and impress your party with you array of character-enhancing odors.

 

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