June 27th, 2006

Australia Bans Reservoir Dogs Months Before Release

Australian gamers can now add another title to the list of games they won't be playing.

As reported by APC, Australia's Office of Film and Literature Classification (OFLC) has refused to rate Atari's upcoming Reservoir Dogs, effectively banning it Down Under.

The game, which was scheduled for release later this year, mirrors the plot of the 1992 film, which itself received an R18 rating from the OFLC.
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New York Post: T2 in Trouble & It's Not Just Hot Coffee

That whoosh you're hearing is the sound of Take-Two Interactive's stock price (NASDAQ: TTWO) in free fall.

Shares in the Grand Theft Auto publisher closed at 12.87 yesterday following news that a grand jury in New York had subpoenaed corporate records including those relating to last year's Hot Coffee scandal. 12.87 represents Take-Two's lowest stock price since early 2003. In after-hours trading prices dropped even more, to 10.30.

Bad news continues to pile up for T2. As reported by today's New York Post, the firm is in the crosshairs of D.A. Robert Morgenthau not just over Hot Coffee, but for the way it reported what the Post terms "key financial information."

The paper reported that the subpoenas served on T2 were "unusually wide-ranging" and demanded paperwork related to "acquisitions, partnerships and the recent dismissal of its longtime auditor, PricewaterhouseCoopers."
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Utah Attorney General Joins with ESRB in Ad Blitz

While some in Congress seem to favor using the ESRB as a punching bag, Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff has officially stepped into the ring on the side of the video game industry ratings board.

Yesterday Shurtleff and ESRB President Patricia Vance launched a series of public service announcements (PSA's) which will air on Utah television stations in coming weeks. During the press conference, Vance spoke about the need to raise parental awareness of the industry's rating system.

"Just like movies and TV shows, video games are created for a diverse audience of all ages," she said. "That is why it is so important that parents remember to check the rating when purchasing games for their children. We are very proud to have the support of Attorney General Shurtleff in reaching out to Utah's parents and educating them about the ratings."
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