April 13th, 2006

Aussie Game Industry Drops Fight Over Getting Up

The Sydney Morning Herald is reporting that the Interactive Entertainment Association of Australia (IEAA) is dropping the fight over Mark Ecko's Getting Up.

Getting Up was originally rated "MA15+", but after a review by the Classification Review Board, had it's rating stripped, which effectively bans the game from stores shelves in Australia. The review, featured on GamePolitics, followed concerns by the Local Government Association of Queensland that the game would inspire criminal activity, a concern designer Mark Ecko called "erroneous".

The IEAA originally planned to appeal the decision, citing "strong legal grounds to challenge the decision."

IEAA CEO Chris Hanlon issued a press release explaining why they dropped the case:

"Our decision to not appeal this matter in the Federal Court was made on the basis of the costs involved in establishing these facts in a court of law... The IEAA also believes it is more constructive to work with the Attorney General's Department to improve the classification process."

CM: Hopefully they are encouraging the government to make Australia's "Universal Ratings System" actually universal, and allow R18+ ratings for video games...

-Reporting from Saskatchewan, GP Correspondent Colin "Jabrwock" McInnes

Thompson Files Suit Against Florida Bar Association

So sue me.

Collectively, that's what the Florida Bar Association said to our old pal Jack Thompson, who was only too glad to oblige. As reported by the Daily Business Review, the controversial Miami attorney has filed a $1,000,000 federal lawsuit against the Florida Bar, alleging that the organization is harassing him by investigating what Thompson contends are baseless complaints filed by a pair of rival law firms.

"I enjoy doing what I do and I think I've got a First Amendment right to annoy people and participate in the public square in the cultural war," Thompson told the newspaper.

GP: We're glad someone enjoys what Jack does, but we've re-read the First Amendment umpteen times and still can't find the "right to annoy people."
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