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Computer game refused classification over graffiti tips

A computer game has been banned in Australia because the Federal Classification Review Board believes it promotes illegal graffiti.

The game Marc Ecko's Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure was originally granted an MA rating, but that decision was reviewed after complaints from Queensland's Local Government Association.

The game has now been refused classification, with the board saying it gives users graffiti tips and positive reinforcement for the offence.

Association president Paul Bell says it is a big win as the game was scheduled for release in Australia at the end of the week.

"This game won't be available in Australia and we think it's a significant recognition that this game in itself had some pretty anti-social activity and behaviour recognised in the game and we've been able to substantiate that it was a game against the law of all the states of Australia," he said.




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