This question was asked in an online Nielsen research survey, conducted by Bond University on the Gold Coast. Amongst many other game related questions, game classification and violence seemed to be the topics on agenda.

The question asked if New Zealand video game classification labels should be the same as in Australia, to avoid confusion  (see image after the break).

That seems a little backwards don’t you think? Really it should be Australia adopting our system, what with them lacking an R18 rating and all. We do have G and PG over here, though their M means something completely different.

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Never owned a skateboard, never spent more than 10 seconds upright on somebody else’s either, there may have been a few days during the seventies when I may have wanted one. I know that would never have gone anywhere and I would have traded it for a game at the first sign of a ‘bail’.

I know there are some gamers that have had high hopes of the latest in the Skate franchise, I also hear that the word on the ‘street’ is that it may not be revolutionary enough for them. As a total noob to the world of halfpipes, ollies and nollies I’ll be honest, I was sort of impressed.

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So Red Dead Redemption and Alan Wake release this week. Is there even any point letting you know what else is being released this week? I guess some of you don’t own a PS3 or a 360, so let’s do this. Let ButtonMasher tempt your wallet a little further with what is scheduled to hit our shores this week.


  • Alan Wake
  • Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands
  • Superstars V8 Next Challenge
  • Red Dead Redemption

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Sometimes the hype for a game can lend itself to disappointment, and upon seeing the last couple of trailers for Lost Planet 2 my excitement was growing. While I never got around to playing the original I had heard of its shortcomings. But hey, it sold well enough to make Capcom think that spending millions (I assume) on creating and marketing the “Kill Big” experience of a sequel. The only problem is, the bigger they are, the harder they fall. Continue reading

It’s hard to believe it has been more than 2 years since Super Mario Galaxy first released on the Wii in 2007, the sequel announced at last years E3 is very close to making its release, which has been announced today as the 1st of July. The new game, which along with featuring new powerups, will see Yoshi appear alongside our favourite plumber to help him through the various puzzles and challenges that will arise in the new game.

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This will probably be a remarkably less critical review, as that groundwork was already laid out last year (see SF4 review) In the grand tradition of Street Fighter revisions comes… a Street Fighter revision. It’s just Super though, not Hyper, not Turbo, not even a Championship Edition. Despite Capcoms reluctance to make the title more superfluous and gaudy than a word for word translated takeaway store name (though truth be told, one of the best battered fish I’d ever had came from Golden Heroic Fish And Chip Star), they do make a solid case for another release so soon after it first came to the home console.

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Steam is now available for the Mac. That’s right go on download Steam now.

Via Steam Powered website.

Steam has been a service exclusively for PC users since we launched it in 2004. For the first time we and our partners are bringing it to another platform. It’s been a ton of work, but the Mac is great for the same reason the PC is great – they are both open systems that let gamers and game developers be as close as possible.
So check it out. If you have a Mac and are new to Steam, welcome! If you’ve been with us since the beginning, borrow a Mac and log into your Steam account and jump into a game. And for everybody, Portal is free from today until the 24th.

So if you don’t have Portal here is your chance to get it for free!


Monster Hunter Tri has a simple and descriptive name, which tells you immediately what this game is all about. It is a hotly anticipated game for fans of the series that own Wii consoles, promising hunters a unique offline and online experience not previously available on the Wii. The game offers a decent world to roam in when playing alone, but the game offers greater potential as a quasi-MMO for hunters that wish to group up with strangers or friends.

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