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China announces an end to console sale ban in country

Considering the buzz that’s generated in Western countries when a new games console is launched, it seems strange to imagine a country as vast as China not joining in on that hype, but since the turn of the century, China has banned the sale and production of video game consoles …

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Reddit riots over banning of r/fatpeoplehate

Despite its corporate ownership, Reddit is often held up as an example of freedom of speech in action, with just as many bizarre subreddits as there are distasteful ones. It’s for that reason that redditors have been rioting over the past 48 hours, following the ban of one of its …

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Blizzard bans World of Warcraft bot users

Blizzard has gone ahead and dropped the ban hammer, wiping out thousands of bot using World of Warcraft accounts in one swoop. Those found to be using the popular HonorBuddy system were faced with six month bans from the game. HonorBuddy was a popular bot system that claims to have …

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Minecraft could be banned in Turkey

Last month it was reported that the Turkish ministry has begun investigating Minecraft, deeming it as potentially ‘too violent’. The results of the investigation have now been revealed and it turns out that the Turkish Social Policies Ministry does want Minecraft banned. Turkish sites, Hürriyet Daily News and LeaderGamer (Via …

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Indian movie group to stop piracy by not releasing movies

In some strange amalgamation of biting off its ball to take it home and spite its face, an Indian government body called the Tamil Film Producer’s Council, has announced that it plans to halt the release of all movies in the region for three months in an attempt to send pirates out of …

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Russia may be set to ban VPN and TOR usage

In a move that sounds an awful lot like David Cameron’s recent announcement that he would go after effective encryption standards in the event of his re-election, a member of parliament in Putin’s government is pushing for a ban on VPN and TOR access, in an attempt to stop people …

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Australian retailers ban sale of GTA V

Following protests and petitions from groups headed by ex-sex workers in Australia, retailers K-Mart and Target have removed GTA V from the shelves, after claims that the game “encourages players to commit sexual violence and kill women.” This comes less than two years after the Australian ratings board created the …

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China bans government PCs from using Windows 8

Poor old Windows 8. It’s not had the easiest time of things since it’s launch back in 2012, getting slammed from all sides by gamers and pretty much anyone that wasn’t using a tablet. Since then it’s regained some momentum, especially with its 8.1 release, but continued to remain the …

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China bans Battlefield 4

Some bad news came down the pipeline over the weekend as Battlefield 4 has been officially banned in China and as you might know, a Chinese ban is pretty strict. Not only can the game not be sold but the Chinese Ministry of Culture has issued a notice prohibiting the …

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Microsoft bans early release Xbox One console

While most of the world and his dog needs to wait until 22nd November to get their hands on an Xbox One, that’s not necessarily the case for everyone. US retail chain Target has admitted it made a mistake and has been shipping out Xbox One consoles to pre-order customers. …

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Dead Rising 3 release blocked in Germany

The next instalment in the Dead Rising franchise, set to debut alongside the Xbox One console, has been denied a rating in Germany, meaning it won’t be available for purchase on release day. While a modified version might be released further down the line, considering neither Dead Rising 1 or …

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DotA 2 chat bans cut back on in-game abuse

One of the biggest problems of running a MOBA title like League of Legends, Heroes of Newerth or DotA 2, is that the communities that play them can be extremely caustic. Most players are nice enough, passively playing away with the odd ping to give you a heads up, but …

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Import ban on Motorola Android devices takes effect

The ruling by the International Trade Commission two months ago against a number of products in Motorola’s Android range takes effect today, blocking them from being imported into the United States.  In total, eighteen of their products are effected by the ban including the Motorola Atrix, Defy, Droid X2, and Xoom. Motorola …

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