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Saturday Morning Cartoons 17 Nov - 23 Nov 2007 Print E-mail
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Written by Thomas "CigDangle" Balistreri   
Friday, 16 November 2007

Filling in this week for SuperGuido, me...er...Super CigDangle?  I just realized he is far more qualified to do this weekly piece than I am.  He watches more cartoons than I do, and he even has "super" right in his name.

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Well, grab a bowl of cereal and lets get to it.  Here's what's coming 17 November to 23 November 2007.

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Saturday Morning Cartoons 10 Nov - 16 Nov 2007 Print E-mail
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Written by Christophor "SuperGuido" Rick   
Friday, 09 November 2007

As many cartoons crossover to or from video games I thought it would be interesting to have a section highlighting the upcoming week's new releases from the major publishers. Of  course I had to call it Saturday Morning Cartoons!

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So pour yourselves a bowl of Capt'n Crunch spread some jam on some toast and make a big glass of strawberry Nestle Quik, the show is about to start.

Upcoming Releases for 10-16 November 2007 

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PEGI - Pan-European Game Information Rating System Explained Print E-mail
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Written by Christophor "SuperGuido" Rick   
Friday, 09 November 2007

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As it is one of the longest running centers of civilization in the world it comes as no surprise to me that Europe has one of the best-balanced video game rating systems I looked at. Sure PEGI -  the Pan-European Game Information System is a little number happy in that they have, a 5-tier age-based rating system. Of course the ages vary slightly from country to country so some have double numbers. In addition to the age rating system they also have a set of content descriptors. They don't go overboard and break things down into 15 sub-categories like the Americans and they don't even split Love and Sex like the Japanese. They're not nearly as restrictive or militant as the Australians and they're not nearly as paranoid as the Germans. It's a nice easy-going system to carry you into the weekend.

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Why Musicians Hate Guitar Hero Print E-mail
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Written by Thomas "CigDangle" Balistreri   
Thursday, 08 November 2007

In case you missed it last night, South Park featured a storyline about Guitar Hero.  In the episode, Randy Marsh sees Stan and Kyle playing classic rock songs in their new game.  Randy tries to show off his real guitar playing ability, but the kids aren't impressed.

After everyone is asleep, he decides to try out Guitar Hero for himself. 

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OFLC - Australia's Video Game Rating System Explained Print E-mail
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Written by Christophor "SuperGuido" Rick   
Thursday, 08 November 2007

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Australia's OFLC - Office of Film and Literature Classification, has a simple 4-level system similar to the ESRB but looking more like the film ratings in America. I believe that they are by far the strictest rating system I have seen and openly admit to censoring things. Usually after the fact. Additionally, trying to get information from them is akin to squeezing water from stone and just about as effective. If you head to their website you will most likely have a headache before you find what you are looking for. To save you some time I have outlined the system below and included a few useful links.


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OFLC - The Art of Censorship at its Finest Print E-mail
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Thursday, 08 November 2007

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If you thought yesterday's articles on German Law and video game ratings was harsh. Wait until you read about Australia. The OFLC - Office of Film and Literature Classification is the governing body for all media down under. Sure they may have dropped the word CENSORSHIP from the office title, but it doesn't mean they stopped the practice.  

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