AU Wrap Up February 11-15

What Aussie gaming news went down this week? We round up the happenings in one handy post, presented in glorious chronological format!

AU Shippin' Out February 11-15: Aliens: Colonial Marines
What games are out in Australia this week? Take up arms and storm the USS Sulaco as a marine in Aliens: Colonial Marines. The game is the third title to be published by Sega in the Aliens universe. For more on this first person shooter title, check out GameSpot’s review.

PAX Australia to be opened by Monkey Island series creator
Australia’s first ever Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) will be opened by the creator of the Monkey Island adventure game series, Ron Gilbert. The renowned game designer will be making a keynote address (dubbed “storytime”) at PAX. For more information on the gaming expo, including other guests in attendance, check out the full story.

YouTube app available now for the PlayStation 3
PlayStation 3 owners can now download a free YouTube app which has been optimised for the console. Features include new search tools and using a smartphone or tablet to browse on the PS3. To get more details on what else is new, read the article.

Australian retail games industry slips 23 percent in 2012
The Interactive Games and Entertainment Association (iGEA) announced Australian Games sales achieved $1.161 billion in the year of 2012, representing a 23 percent decline on the previous year. Check out the article for the full story.

Call of Duty Championship qualifiers coming to Australia
Australian Call of Duty: Black Ops II players will be able to put their skills to the test in the upcoming Call of Duty Championship Qualifiers. Activision has partnered with Xbox and eSports organisations Major League Gaming (MLG) and the Electronic Sports League (ESL) to present the event. Two Aussie teams who place first and second in the qualifier final will go through to the event in Hollywood, where they will compete for their chance at a $1 million prize pool. For details on how to partake in the event, read the full article.

Mortal Kombat Komplete Edition coming to Australia
NetherRealm Studios' fighting game Mortal Kombat will finally be sold in Australia after being refused classification twice. The game has received a R18+ rating in Australia and will be sold as the Komplete Edition, available for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

Queensland passes R18+ video games rating
The Queensland governemnt has passed legislation that allows for the classification and sale of R18+ video games in the state. For more information, read the full article.

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Zorine “harli” Te is a long time competitive gamer and also an Associate Editor at GameSpot.

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Discussion

5 comments
herodotus2006
herodotus2006

The [R18+] Rating is still controversial, with one  game (forget the title) that might have previously been rated [PG] yet now getting the [R] rating - the guidelines for ratings are still fuzzy and not fully understandable. Here in Qld. we still don't even have it yet, and won't for several months.

Just because we Aussies have it now doesn't preclude games from being still refused classification in the future and I'm sure they still might be. Then again if it's a 'game like "Aliens: Colonial Marines", then a ban might be in order to save us all from faulty products.


rockgod44
rockgod44

 are they making games in australia now and then sending them over here, i wonder what that is going to be like.

JPokes
JPokes

I would imagine it costs a fair amount of money to cut through the red tape to get a game out in Australia. Maybe that's why games cost more. I have to say I have little sympathy for people who vote in a government that limits freedom of expression like that

s_h_a_d_o
s_h_a_d_o

What? No mention of Parliament's subpoena of Apple, Microsoft and Adobe, to explain the price disparity of games and software between that of the Australian market and elsewhere?

Razz999
Razz999

My thoughts on the aussie sales being down... with the economy as it is, the retail games are OVERPRICED... i could be wrong, but thats what i think (plz, feel free to correct me if i am wrong)