Try Your Hand at Banning Content Down Under

January 4, 2010 -

A new downloadable game lets players assume the role of Australian politicians and bring the ban hammer down on videogames and websites.

Ban This Game features likenesses of South Australian Attorney General Michael Atkinson and Stephen Conroy, Minister for Broadband and Communication, who is the man championing ISP filtering for Australia. Gameplay consists of images of games and websites crossing a red line. Players must click on an image three times to ban it once it passes over said line. Windows and Mac versions are available.

The game is the work of game developer Conor O’Kane. The embedded video shows the game in action. A Facebook Fan Page for the game has been set up as well.

Thanks Ryan and Michael!


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Re: Try Your Hand at Banning Content Down Under

Great game idea.

Maybe I will let the Violent Videogames and Hentai/Porn slide and try to ban anything related to the Australian Govenment like Centrelink and Medicare or any Political site that was made to support an election topic instead. I will even ban websites related to Family groups who want to block Porn on the internet.

That will show them what it feels like to have something important to you being banned because someone else hates something you like.

 

TBoneTony

Re: Try Your Hand at Banning Content Down Under

That's the point really, what ends up getting through and what ends up getting banned is almost as random as playing that game...

eg. Alien vs Predator backdown vs Left 4 Dead II water down.  There's no logic to why zombies who look vaguely human being dismembered is more disturbing (and bannable) than aliens or predators doing the same to marines...

Re: Try Your Hand at Banning Content Down Under

There is a distinct logic to almost every decision. The problem lies in faulty, unsubstantiated reasoning behind them combined with an inconsistent application of these standards.

Re: Try Your Hand at Banning Content Down Under

Looks tough. Nice to see the effort, though. Hope that sumbitch Atkinson gets kicked out, one way or another.

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Game on, brothers and sisters.

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Re: Try Your Hand at Banning Content Down Under

I dare say that's the point of it. No matter how hard you try, it's impossible to censor everything

Re: Try Your Hand at Banning Content Down Under

Unless I'm mixing up the country, hasn't Austrailia banned websites critical of ISP filtering in the past? 

Also, I presume this game is unrated and hence technically banned in Austrailia...

Re: Try Your Hand at Banning Content Down Under

I don't think they actually banned them (yet) but a list of proposed sites for the block list was leaked a few months ago did include several anti-Great Barrier Firewall sites.

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I LIKE the fence. I get 2 groups to laugh at then.

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Re: Try Your Hand at Banning Content Down Under

To be accurate a player would have to try to ban absolutely everything they see. It's the only way to be sure., apparently.

Re: Try Your Hand at Banning Content Down Under

sounds about right, esp. considering this drawing (not IMG-linked due to language) made by Australian webcomic Bigger Than Cheeses author Desmond Seah several years back.

aptly titled "Outlining the [Australian] government's internet censorship plans"

岩「…Where do masochists go when they die?」

岩「…I can see why Hasselbeck's worried about fake guns killing fake people. afterall, she's a fake journalist on a fake news channel」

 
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Matthew Wilsonhttp://www.forbes.com/sites/insertcoin/2015/02/28/the-world-is-nintendos-if-only-theyd-take-it/ I think this is a interesting op-ed, but yeah it kind of is stating the obvious.02/28/2015 - 2:52pm
prh99The government probably doesn't need an app, but I was think more along the lines of a company that was going to sell the collected info. “If you're not paying for the product, you are the product” sometimes even if you pay.02/28/2015 - 1:50pm
E. Zachary KnightWhat better way for the government to keep track of you than to get you to install an app that lets you insult the government.02/28/2015 - 11:03am
prh99No, but I looked it up and it's basically spyware. Their privacy policy says their apps tracks among other things your location and browsing habits via cookies.02/28/2015 - 8:20am
Ryan RardinHas anyone here heard of an app called iCitizen? It's basically Yelp for politicians.02/28/2015 - 5:16am
Andrew EisenAh, not linked in the way you (and everyone else) want and expect. That's true.02/27/2015 - 10:06pm
Matthew Wilsonthey are not linked in a way that tracks purchases though. the fact that they have to send a code for the other system shows that they are not linked in the way it counts.02/27/2015 - 9:39pm
Andrew EisenAccounts are already linked. Have been for quite a while. Also, Mario vs. Donkey Kong was announced as a cross-buy title during last January's Nintendo Direct.02/27/2015 - 9:25pm
Matthew Wilsonhttp://www.vg247.com/20…/…/27/olli-olli-3ds-wii-u-cross-buy/ I wounder if this is a sign that Nintendo may finally link accounts across the 3ds/wiiu in the near future.02/27/2015 - 9:18pm
prh99http://www.romanoriginals.co.uk/invt/70931?colour=Blue The dress does comes in white and blue but both have black lace and a sheer back top, I don't see gold or brown. 02/27/2015 - 8:54pm
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MechaTama31I don't even want to know...02/27/2015 - 8:22pm
ZippyDSMleeFun? I can do fun…. I think LOL. Dungeons 2 is on preorder but not via steam... >> Hell I am breaking all kinds of personal butthurt rules to even THINK about pre order...02/27/2015 - 8:12pm
E. Zachary KnightHad some fun discussions about that dumb dress on Facebook. I opened the original picture in GIMP and sampled the colors and determined them to be Blue and Gold. People still say I am wrong.02/27/2015 - 7:41pm
ConsterTime for something completely different: #teamwhiteandgoldllama!02/27/2015 - 7:27pm
ZippyDSMleeAndrew Eisen: I'll try. ^^02/27/2015 - 5:40pm
 

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