Treat us like adults: rally for an R18+ rating, Brisbane

[ Reposted from EFA ] This weekend I attended and spoke at a rally organised by Ethan Watson in favour of the introduction of an R18+ rating for computer games. Many thanks to Ethan for organising the event, and thanks to the 50 or so people who turned up to show their support. Photos courtesy[…]

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, the loss of generativity and the loss of community

My friend Dan at Ausgamers has a great review of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. Lots of interesting information, but what strikes me is the way that Infinity Ward / Activision have worked to seize a lot of control over PC gaming – a trend we may be seeing more. Dan says: Lastly, no[…]

Article: On the (partially-)inalienable rights of participants in virtual communities

publication, article, MIA, media international australia, , games, human rights, participant rights, property, virtual worlds, inalienable, contract My most recent article has now been published. Unfortunately, MIA's policy is set to change to allow online access as of the next issue. For now, here's the post-print: Nicolas Suzor, "On the (partially-)inalienable rights of participants in[…]

SA Attorney-General Michael Atkinson on Stateline

r18, games, r18games, censorship [ Reposted from ] The Escapist has a good story on a recent Stateline story on "the power play over video games". MICHAEL ATKINSON: I'm sure most people can distinguish the fantasy of a computer game from the reality. But it is the small number we know can't that leads[…]

R18+ for Games discussion paper to be released

r18, games, censorship, r18games [ Reposted from ] Jason Hill at The Age Blogs is reporting that the Standing Committee of Attorneys-General (SCAG), at a meeting in Brisbane yesterday, agreed to release the discussion paper about the proposed introduction of an R18+ category for games in Australia. This is good news. Australian gamers will[…]

R18+ for games campaign launched

r18, games, censorship, efa, r18games A recent report indicates that the South Australian Attorney-General, The Hon Michael Atkinson MP, has dug in his heels and refused to make the discussion paper on Australia's lack of an R18+ rating for games public. A spokesperson for the Victorian Attorney-General, Rob Hulls, has said that “it now appears[…]

Margaret Jane Radin’s theory of partial inalienability as a model for evaluating interests in …

games, participant rights, politics, property, virtual worlds I am in the process of selecting a theoretical model on which to base my normative analysis. Below, I explain my preliminary attraction to Radin's construction of partial inalienability and the pragmatic method of resolving tensions between conflicting interests. As always, comments are greatly appreciated. Thesis: in choosing[…]

Liability rules and property rules as a framework to view virtual world RMT

games, participant rights, virtual worlds Calabresi and Melamed proposed a three-way taxonomy of entitlements – inalienable entitlements, which cannot be traded between willing sellers and willing purchasers; property rules, which are enforceable by injunction to prevent non-consensual takings; and liability rules, where objectively measured damages are the only remedy, leaving open the possibility and expectation[…]

On inalienable rights and virtual worlds

Image: Jefferson Memorial by kjd (CC BY-NC-ND). While the discussion of liability rules and property rules (below) may be adequate for fungible interests, it may not be appropriate in cases of interests which more closely touch the personality of the participant. For these latter interests, inalienability, or partial inalienability may be the best method for[…]