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End to Video Game 'Bans'

Australian attorney-general and violent video games opponent Michael Atkinson has resigned, the Sydney Morning Herald reports, potentially opening the path for an adults-only video games rating and an end to 'bans' and censorship down under.

Australia currently has no equivalent of the adults-only 'R18+' rating available to films for video games, which meant that games deemed by too mature for the highest rating of MA15+ could not legally be sold, rented or demonstrated--effectively banning them.

Fallout 3 DLC 50% Off on Xbox Live

Typically 800 Microsoft Points / $10 each, all five of Fallout 3's downloadable expansions have been marked down by half as part of this week's Xbox Live Deal of the Week.

Razer Left-Handed Gaming Mouse

Razer, makers of gaming peripherals for the PC, is set to release a gaming mouse for left-handed individuals.

The DeathAdder Left Hand Edition, based upon the company's DeathAdder product, runs $59.99, but is currently back-ordered. Shipments should start going out worldwide on March 24th.

Battlefield: Bad Company 2 PC Patched

DICE patched Battlefield: Bad Company 2 with numerous bug-fixes and UI improvements (full list below). The patch for the Steam version of the game is still forthcoming pending some additional testing.

33% Off Dragon Age on Steam

With the first full-fledged expansion for Dragon Age: Origins hitting North American today, digital distributor Steam has commemorated the occasion with a "Midweek Madness" sale.

Both Dragon Age: Origins PC and Dragon Age: Origins Digital Deluxe Edition PC have been marked down by 33%--making then $33.49 and $43.54, respectively--with the prices good until 4 PM PST on Thursday, March 18.

Brink Cinematic Trailer Will Blow You Away

"A new cinematic Brink trailer by CGI wizards Blur might not be representative of Enemy Territory developer Splash Damage's latest class-based shooter but it is very attractive. Brink is scheduled for a PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 release this fall, published by Bethesda. To see the actual game, check out last year's trio of gameplay trailers."

Dragon Age: Builds Up The Architect

BioWare has released new Dragon Age: Origins - Awakening screenshots and a trailer showing the fantasy RPG's expansion pack villainous Architect, a scheming intelligent Darkspawn.

"The Architect is the first darkspawn to develop a will of his own," BioWare explains, "an unusual outcast who seems not to be subject to the call of the Old Gods, nor to the other darkspawn compulsions." How should adventurers approach such a being?

DICE Throws Gauntlet

With Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 developer Infinity Ward promising to cure the shooter's "mapathy" with some downloadable content on March 30, Battlefield: Bad Company 2 developer EA DICE has thrown down the gauntlet.

The same day, March 30, will see DICE release its second "VIP Map Pack" for Bad Company 2, it revealed in a blog post titled "how to avoid 'mapathy' without paying."
Available as a free unlock to those that bought the game new, VIP Map Pack 2 will enable players to play Arica Harbor in Conquest Mode and Laguna Presa in Rush Mode.

Modern Warfare 2 DLC Arrives March 30

The first batch of downloadable multiplayer maps for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 will hit the Xbox 360 on March 30, 2010.

Developer Infinity Ward revealed the date today with a satirical self-help site, noting that the Xbox Live download should help ease the symptoms of Mapathy: "a state of indifference to the same old maps on has been playing for the last several months."

PC Sales Bring No Clear Winner

Once again speaking to the strength of exclusive offerings, digital distributors Steam, Direct2Drive and Impulse have unveiled sales charts from the week of February 21.

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