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    Australian PS2 FAQ
    By sebivv: vibes@sebiv.net
    Version 2.0, 27 September 2005
    This FAQ is for use exclusivly at GameFAQs.
    
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    Version History:
    
    27 September 2005 - Version 2.0
                        Much needed update. Complete re-write. Revised formatting.
                        Added PStwo section, updated hardware and software
                        sections. Updated new ratings system. Added dedicated
                        Grand Theft Auto section.
    
    
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    Contents:
    
    NOTE: To quickly scroll to a section, copy the section number (ie. 2.1.1) and
          paste it into the find function in your browser.
    
    
    =  1.0  General Notes
    
    =  2.0  Hardware
    
       - 2.1  General Hardware info
         - 2.1.1  Colour System
         - 2.1.2  Network Adapter
         - 2.1.3  PS2 Hard Drive
         - 2.1.4  Other Accssories
    
       - 2.2  Old "Playstation 2"
         - 2.2.1  Pricing
         - 2.2.2  Plus Version
         - 2.2.3  Other Consoles
    
       - 2.3  Slimline "PStwo"
         - 2.3.1  Pricing
         - 2.3.2  Noteworthy differences
         - 2.3.3  Other Consoles
         - 2.3.4  AC Adapter safety recall
    
    
    =  3.0  Software
       
       - 3.1  Title restrictions
       - 3.2  Exclusive titles
       - 3.3  Release dates
       - 3.4  Pricing
    
       - 3.5  "Platinum" titles
         - 3.5.1  Description
         - 3.5.2  Rebranding
    
       - 3.6  "Network Play" titles
       - 3.7  Preowned titles
       - 3.8  Overseas titles
       - 3.9  Overseas DVDs
    
    
    =  4.0  Ratings and Censorship
    
       - 4.1  Restrictive nature of Australian market
       - 4.2  Recent changes to ratings labels
       - 4.3  Ratings System
       - 4.4  The 18+ Category
       - 4.5  "Refused Classifiction"
    
       - 4.6  Banned and Modified titles
         - 4.6.1  Banned titles
         - 4.6.2  Modified titles
         - 4.6.3  Titles under review
         - 4.6.4  Grand Theft Auto Series
    
    
    =  5.0  Importing into Australia
    
       - 5.1  Consoles
         - 5.1.1  Points to note
         - 5.1.2  Country comparison
         - 5.1.3  Requirements after importing
         - 5.1.4  Important notes on slimline PStwo
    
       - 5.2  Software
         - 5.2.1  Importing censored titles
         - 5.2.2  Importing from overseas
    
       - 5.3  Accessories
       - 5.4  The PS2 Hard Drive and Final Fantasy XI
       - 5.5  Other Important notes on importing
    
    
    =  6.0  Contact / Questions
    
    =  7.0  Credits
    
    =  8.0  Copyrights
    
    
    
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    1.0  General Notes:
    
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         + Why have the FAQ?
    
           Although Australia is a subset of the PAL gaming market, it does have a
           frew significant differences in games, hardware and ratings. This FAQ is
           a references for Australian gamers who are interested in importing games
           and exploring the differences in the Australian market.
    
    
    
         + European/PAL Compatibility
    
           Much of this FAQ can be applied to other PAL markets, excluding
           Australia-specific sections.
    
    
    
         + New Zealand Compatibility
    
           NZ shares the same hardware as the Australian market. However, game
           ratings and some game content is very different and should not be
           confused.
    
    
    
         + Spelling
    
           This FAQ uses British-English (ie. colour).
    
    
    
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    2.0  Hardware
    
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    2.1  General Hardware info
    --------------------------
    
    2.1.1  Colour System
    
           Australia uses the PAL colour system. This system runs at 625 line
           resolution and 50 Hz refresh rate. In comparison, North America (UC)
           and Japan (J) use NTSC, which runs at 525 line resolution and 60 Hz
           refresh rate.
    
           There are some issues with the slower refresh rate that comes with the
           PAL colour system. See the "60Hz Compatibility Guide" at GameFAQs for
           more information.
    
    
    
    2.1.2  Network Adapter
    
           There are significant differences between the NTSC UC/J and PAL network
           adapters. The US Network Adapter supports dial up connections and
           allows the PS2 console to be plugged directly into a phone socket. The
           PAL Network Adapter can only be used on broadband internet connections.
    
           Sony Australia has said the difference is because of the geographical
           distance between Australia and the US, where most game servers are
           located. Only a broadband connection will give a sufficient transfer
           rate for play.
    
    
    
    2.1.3  PS2 Hard Drive
    
           The PS2 Hard Drive has not yet been released on the PAL market. It is
           very unlikely Sony will decide to release it in the future, especially
           since the slimline PStwo units cannot use it.
    
           It is possible to import the hard drive to play games like Final
           Fantasy XI. For more infromation see section 5.5.
    
    
    
    2.1.4  Other Accessories
    
           The PAL market sells the tranparent red Dual Shock 2 controller that is
           not available in the US.
    
           The PS2 Linux kit which is no longer available in North America is still
           available on the PAL market. In Australia is must be bought directly
           from Sony as it is not sold in retail outlets.
    
    
    
    
    2.2  Old "Playstation 2"
    ------------------------
    
    
    2.2.1  Pricing
    
           When the Playstation 2 was first released in Australia the recommended
           retail price was close to AU$800.
    
           The old Playstation 2 models are no longer being produced in Australia
           and therefore buying them new is difficult. Just before their
           discontinuation the RRP was AU$299. This equates to approx US$226.
    
    
    
    2.2.2  Plus Version
    
           Shortly before Sony released the slimline PStwo models in late 2004,
           they released the plus (+) models. They could be identified by the plus
           symbol in the corner of the console's packaging. Plus models were the
           original PS2 models with built in IR receiver and the ability to play
           DVD-R and DVD-RW discs.
    
    
    
    2.2.3  Other Consoles
    
           The PAL market had the exclusive "Satin Silver PS2" for a short time. It
           was introduced over the 2004 Christmas period. The console was similar
           to other PS2 models however had a silver body. It was originally
           packaged with two silver Dual Shock 2 controllers. Later models were
           only packaged with one. The Satin Silver consoles used different laser
           lenses and several batches had severe game playback problems. The
           original Satin Silver PS2 is no longer available.
    
           The original Playstation 2 models were also widely packaged with games
           (usually Sony produced games). Some games to be sold with consoles as
           a pack have included: Metal Gear Solid 2, Gran Turismo 4, Final Fantasy
           X.
    
    
    
    
    2.3  Slimline "PStwo"
    ---------------------
    
    The slimline PStwo console in Australia has the model number SCPH-70002. It is
    identical to the UK PAL version however is packaged with a Figure-8 cable with
    an Australian plug on the end.
    
    
    2.3.1  Pricing
    
           The recommended retail price of the slimline PStwo units as of
           September 2005 is AU$249.95. This equates to approx US$188. The US
           version of the console retails for around US$149.95.
    
    
    
    2.3.2  Noteworthy Differences
    
           + Power supply
             The slimline PStwo has an external power transformer. Although this 
             may sound like a hassle, it makes importing consoles a lot easier.
             See the importing section for more info.
    
    
           + Internal Network Adapter
             The network adapter is built in to the slimline PStwo. The UC version
             of the slimline PStwo only supports broadband connections, which is
             the same with PAL / Australian versions.
    
    
           + Laser issues with mod chipping
             There are many reports of the SCPH-70002 lenses burning out after a
             mod chip was installed. This seems to happen on earlier batches when
             playing disc-intenstive games such as Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.
             Of course Sony will not cover this under warranty due to the mod chip.
    
    
    
    2.3.3  Other Consoles
    
           As with the original Playstation 2, a Satin Silver version of the
           slimline PStwo has been released. It retails for RRP AU$259.95.
    
           The slimline PStwo is sometimes packaged with games such as Singstar
           Pop.
    
    
    
    2.3.4  AC Adapter Safety Recall
    
           In September 2005 Sony issued a worldwide recall of PStwo power
           adapters. Sony found a part used in the adapters was prone to
           overheating. Recalls are handled by the regional divisons of
           Playstation.
    
    
    
    
    
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    3.0  Software
    
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    3.1  Title Restrictions
    -----------------------
    
    Australia is restricted to the PAL market, which itself only gets a small
    percentage of games made. Other titles will not be released in Australia if
    distributors do not feel they will make good sales. For example Australia
    only has one version of Dancing Stage (the UK translation of Dance Dance
    Revolution) while the UK has several.
    
    
    
    3.2  Exclusive Titles
    ---------------------
    
    The only games exclusive to Australia are AFL-related (Australian Football
    League). AFL is the popular local sport in Australia.
    
    Titles include those part of the "AFL Live" series (usually one released
    each year). Another series called "AFL Premiership" was created in 2004 (one
    game released per year).
    
    
    
    3.3  Release Dates
    ------------------
    
    Australia usually gets titles a few days after European PAL releases. Very
    rarely a game will be released in Australia before other countries.
    
    
    
    3.4  Pricing
    ------------
    
    The average popular new release title will retail for between AU$99.95 and
    AU$109.95, depending on the store. This equates to approx US$75.
    
    
    
    3.5  "Platinum" Titles
    ----------------------
    
    
    3.5.1  Description
    
           "Platinum is the PAL equivalent of the North American "Greatest Hits"
           range. To qualify for Platinum a game must sell 500 000 copies. When a
           game becomes Platinum, its price drops to AU$49.95.
    
           The packaging for the game is also changed. Instead of the regular black
           or blue plastic case, platinum titles have a silver case. The front
           artwork is changed (see Rebranding section below).
    
    
    
    3.5.2  Rebranding
    
           In August 2005 Sony Europe changed the artwork design for Platinum
           titles.
    
           Previously the designed featured the original game artwork cropped down
           and surrounded by a silver border. The Platinum logo banner is
           displayed across the bottom of the case and the regular Playstation
           logo across the top of the case has a silver border. Instead of a white
           background spine with black writing, the platinum case has a black
           background spine with silver writing. Any artwork on the game CD is
           discarded and the disc has a generic black print of the game's title.
    
           The new design features the same silver background for the Playstation
           logo. However the original artwork is cropped with a thin silver border
           and black background. A new circular Platinum logo with a red background
           is placed at the bottom of the case.
    
    
    
    3.6  "Network Play" Titles
    --------------------------
    
    "Network Play" is the label given to PAL games that have online gaming
    components. It is the equivalent of the US's "Online" labels. The label is a
    blue strip that appears just below the Playstation 2 logo on title artwork. It
    will either be labelled "with network play or "network play only". A small
    logo will also appear on the spine of the game.
    
    
    
    3.7  Preowned Titles
    --------------------
    
    The most common place to buy preowned games in Australia is via Electronics
    Boutique stores, which are located nationwide. Other smaller local game stores
    may offer pre-owned titles. eBay is also a popular option.
    
    
    
    3.8  Overseas Titles
    --------------------
    
    Out of the box, Australian Playstation consoles will only play PAL PS1 and PS2
    games. Games imported from Europe and other PAL countries will work, however
    games from the US or Japan will require a mod chip.
    
    
    
    3.9  Overseas DVDs
    ------------------
    
    Australian PS2 consoles will only play Region 4 DVDs (Australia and New
    Zealand). A mod chip is required for playback of DVDs from other regions.
    
    
    
    
    
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    4.0  Ratings and Censorship
    
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    4.1  Restrictive nature of Australian market
    --------------------------------------------
    
    In comparison to other western video game markets, Australia is quite strict.
    on game content.
    
    In Australia, video game ratings are distributed and enforced by The Office
    Of Film and Literature Classification. The main difference is that these
    ratings are managed by the government, rather than the industry (as is the
    practice in the United States).
    
    A long-running argument against the ratings system is that the lack of more
    mature ratings is outdated. The argument has been drawn out for a long time
    and reached a climax in early 2005 when the ratings were put under review.
    However no changes were made. The Grand Theft Auto series has also put the
    ratings into the spotlight (see GTA section below).
    
    Critics have noticed a recent trend of inconsistancy in OFLC decisions,
    particularly over sexual content in a game. While some decisions show a trend
    towards leniency, other contradictory decisions are made because of political
    pressure, particularly in the case of the Grand Theft Auto series.
    
    
    
    4.2  Recent changes to ratings labels
    -------------------------------------
    
    In August 2005 the OFLC changed the ratings labels placed on all games.
    Previously the labels were a black and white sticker 2cm x 2cm placed on the
    top of the case in the bottom left corner.
    
    The new labels are 4cm x 3cm and required to be printed on the game sleeve,
    often covering up parts of the game cover art. The label is circular and split
    in two: the left contains the rating with a coloured background (the colour
    depends on the rating). The right half is white with black text explaining
    the ratings advice (eg. "Contains mild violence).
    
    The colour scheme is as follows:
    
    G     - Green
    PG    - Yellow
    M     - Blue
    MA15+ - Red (with black "RESTRICTED" bar)
    
    
    
    4.3  Ratings System
    -------------------
    
    G      For General Audience
           Games rated G are available to play by anyone.
    
    PG     Parental Guidance Recommended
           Previously G8+. Available for anyone to play however parental guidance
           for those younger than 15 is recommended.
    
    M15+   Mature
           Games rated M15+ are available for anyone to play however are
           recommended for those aged 15 and above.
    
    MA15+  Mature (Restricted)
           Games rated MA15+ can only be sold and/or played by people aged 15 and
           above, except if accompanied by a parent or guardian.
    
    
    
    4.4  The 18+ Category
    ---------------------
    
    A controversial topic in the Australian video game market is the R18+ rating.
    As of yet it does not exist (it does for movies). The cinema equivalent states
    a movie may not be watched by anyone under the age of 18.
    
    Gamers have long wanted an R18+ rating for games. The category has been
    proposed in Australian parliament 2-3 times in last few years. However, it
    looks unlikely in the near future as the idea has already been rejected in
    early 2005.
    
    
    
    4.5  "Refused Classification"
    -----------------------------
    
    "Refused Classification" (or RC) is the technical term used for games that have
    been banned. If a game receives an RC rating, it becomes illegal to sell, play
    or import the game on a state level.
    
    Games which have "sensitive content" that would rate higher than the MA15+
    rating receive an RC rating because there is no 18+, and are therefore banned.
    
    Because the legality of RC games is enforced on a state level, the punishment
    for breaking this law varies in different states of Australia. The most common
    punishment for individuals is a fine of AU$10 000 and AU$50 000 for businesses
    who sell or display the game.
    
    
    
    4.6  Banned and Modified Games
    ------------------------------
    
    4.6.1  Banned Titles
    
           There are currently two PS2 titles banned in Australia:
    
           + BMX XXX
             This game was banned because of "excessive nudity". Players can choose
             a female character who rides a BMX bike topless. This nudity was
             deemed unnecessary by the OFLC and the game was given an RC rating.
             The game was not banned in New Zealand and was even sold with a label
             across the front bragging "BANNED IN AUSTRALIA!".
    
    
           + Leisure Suit Larry: Magna Cum Laude
             The newest LSL game was refused classification by the OFLC due to
             sexual content. This stirred some convtroversy shortly after when
             the OFLC allowed "Playboy: The Mansion" to go on sale in Australia.
           
    
    
    4.6.2  Modified Titles
    
           There are currently four PS2 titles in Australaia that have been
           censored in some form:
    
           + The Getaway
             This game was originally given the MA15+ restricted rating. For some
             reason Sony Computer Entertainment resubmitted various versions of
             the game and they were refused classification. A final edited version
             went on sale with the MA15+ rating. It has 20 seconds of cut scenes
             edited out.
    
    
           + Shellshock Nam '67 (NOT MODIFIED)
             There has been a lot of confusion over whether this game was edited.
             The alpha version was shown to the OFLC and refused classification.
             A later version was submitted and rated MA15+, prompting gamers to
             suspect it had been censored. Atari denied the claims. It later
             turned out that Atari edited the game in the final development stages
             all over the world, so technically the Australian version is not
             censored.
    
    
           The other three titles that have been modified are part of the Grand
           Theft Auto series - they have their own dedicated section below.
    
    
    
    4.6.3  Titles Under Review
    
           There are two titles considered "under extended review". Although the
           OFLC has passed these games for sale, events after the game launch
           led the OFLC to review their decision. The OFLC does not give any final
           decision on this review. The two games that are under review have been
           on sale for a long period of time and it's unlikely they will be banned
           in the future.
    
    
           + Hitman: Contracts
             This game was released in March 2004 with an MA15+ rating. A few
             months later a conservative journalist complained about the game in
             a major newspaper. This began debate over the game and prompted an
             extended review.
    
    
    
           + Manhunt
             This game caused some controversy when it was banned in New Zealand
             and not Australia. Usually NZ is more liberal when it comes to
             violent games. However this time Manhunt was passed in Australia with
             a MA15+ rating.
    
             The 2004 Stefan Pakeerah murder case in England brought Manhunt back
             into the spotlight. As with newspapers and TV news around the world,
             Australian press incorrectly reported the game caused the murder.
             When it was found the game belonged to the victim and not the
             murderer, the Australian press ignored the information.
    
             However the damage had already been done. A state parliament member
             published a press release opposing the game. This lead to the OFLC
             placing the game back under review, more than six months after it was
             released.
    
    
    
    4.6.4  Grand Theft Auto Series
    
           The GTA series has an extremely bad track record in Australia. It is
           also the game that has gained the most attention for video game violence
           and has placed a spotlight on the OFLC ratings system.
    
    
           + Grand Theft Auto 1/2 (PLAYSTATION 1)
             When GTA 1 was released it was considered borderline MA/RC. However
             the OFLC considered the "top-down" view lessened the impact of the
             game's violence and passed it with an MA15+ rating. GTA 2 was the
             same.
    
    
    
           + Grand Theft Auto 3
             Arguably the most well-known example of Australian censorship. The
             game's distributor Take 2 "jumped the gun" and assumed the OFLC would
             give the game a MA15+ rating. The game was shipped and went on sale
             branded with this rating on the cover. However, after it went on sale
             the OFLC refused classification on the title, effectively making it
             illegal.
    
             Take 2 defended the rating but to no avail. Copies of the game were
             recalled from stores and quickly replaced with a new censored version.
             This new version had several minutes of cut-scene footaged removed.
             The editing surrounded a scene where a mechanic talked about having
             sex. Take 2 also removed the function where players can pick up
             prostitutes and have sex with them. Since players could beat up the
             prostitute aftewards, the OFLC deemed this as sexual violence, which
             is not allowed in Australia in video games or movies. The cover art on
             the new version was also different.
    
             Before the game was recalled some fans were able to buy the uncensored
             version. After the ban, gamers began importing the game from nearby
             New Zealand where it has not been censored. Most were successful,
             however there was a report of a shipment of six games being
             confiscated by Australian customs.
    
    
    
           + Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
             Take 2 removed seven seconds of footage before submitting this game
             to the OFLC. Again the prostitute feature was removed. Gamers again
             turned to New Zealand to import uncensored versions of the game.
    
    
    
           + Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
             Surprsing GTA: SA was initially released and given an MA15+ rating
             with no modifications or editing. Fans of the series were not
             convinced at first and ordered copies from New Zealand. However it
             later turned out the Australian version was not modified and even
             contained the prostitution feature, which had caused the censorship
             in the previous two games. It is believed the prostitution feature was
             left in because it is in context: the ability to pick up a hooker
             depends on respect, weather, car type, appearance etc.
    
             However in mid-2005 the "hot coffee" modification was released onto
             the internet by a gamer who found secret content through the game's
             code. The mod unlocked a mini-mission where the player had sex with
             a woman. The mission was left in the game's coding but was not
             accessible without the hot coffee mod.
    
             The modification led the ESRB in America to up the game's rating to
             "Adults Only". In Australian the OFLC "revoked" the game's
             classification and it was pulled from shelves. They stated this new
             content could not pass under current ratings. Take 2 resubmitted the
             game for classification in September 2005. The new version cannot
             be changed by the "hot coffee" mod and was rated MA15+. Furthermore
             the ratings advice was changed from Medium Level Animated Violence,
             Medium Level Coarse Language" to "Strong Violence, Strong Coarse
             Language".
    
    
    
    
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    5.0  Importing into Australia
    
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    5.1  Consoles
    -------------
    
    5.1.1  Points to note
    
           + Colour Systems
             Australia users the PAL colour format. Consoles from the US and Japan
             use NTSC. If you plan to import an NTSC console you will need to make
             sure your television can display NTSC pictures. Most newer television
             sets sold in Australia will display both colour systems.
    
    
           + Voltage
             Australia uses a 220/240 Volt power source. The US and Japan use 110
             Volts. This presents a problem on older consoles as the power
             transformer is located inside the console. If you import a 110V
             console you will need transformer to convert 110V to 240V. These can
             be quite expensive, however if you can afford one they can be bought
             from stores such as Dick Smith Electronics, Jaycar Electronics or
             Alltronics.
    
    
           + Games and NTSC UC/J
             If you import a console then expect to import games as well.
             While PAL games are universal on PAL consoles, there are two different
             NTSC "regions" for games: UC for North America and J for Japan.
             NTSC-UC games will only play on NTSC-UC consoles, and the same applies
             for NTSC-J. If you want to play Japanese games, you will need to
             import a console from Japan.
    
    
           + Importing difficulties
             Sony doesn't like people importing consoles and games from other
             regions, and will sometimes discourage stores from shipping overseas.
             There have been reports of PS2 shipments coming out of Japan being
             blocked by local authorities. In the US major game retailers such as
             EBgames will not ship overseas.
    
    
    
    5.1.2  Country Comparison
    
           + Europe (PAL)
             Because Australian PS2 consoles will play European PAL games, there is
             no advantage to buying a console from Europe/UK. The only benefit
             would be the ability to play Region 2 DVDs, which is monst cases are
             also Region 4. PS2 regioning can be unlocked by a mod-chip
             installation.
    
    
           + Japan (NTSC-J)
             Unless you are really into Japanese games, or know the language, I
             don't recommend it. If you are importing an older "Playstation 2" unit
             there is also the issue of voltage.
    
    
           + USA (NTSC-UC)
             If you want to play NTSC titles that have not been released in PAL
             format, there is the option to buy a US console. Keep in mind these
             consoles will not play Japanese games. US consoles take a 110V power
             supply.
    
    
           + Canada (NTSC-UC)
             Recommended if you want to play NTSC titles. Canadian consoles will
             play North American NTSC games and also operate on 220 volts, the
             same as Australia. They will also allow you to play Region 1 DVDs.
    
    
    
    5.1.3  Requirements after Importing
    
           If you import a console you may need one of the following:
    
           + Power transformer
             To convert 110V to 240V. These are available from stores such as Dick
             Smith Electronics, Alltronics or Jaycar Electronics.
    
    
           + Figure 8 Cable
             This is the cable that runs from the console to the power outlet (on
             the old Playstation 2 consoles), or from the external power
             transformer to the power outlet (on the slimline PStwo). You will need
             to swap it for one with an Australian plug on the end. Luckily these
             cables are very common and cheap.
    
    
           + Games
             In most cases you will need to import games from wherever you imported
             your console.
    
    
    
    5.1.4  Important notes on slimline PStwo
    
           The slimline PStwo has an external power transformer. This makes
           importing them a lot easier. The transformers themselves will accept any
           voltage from 110-240V whereas previous Playstation models with the
           tranformers built in would only accept voltages used in their local
           region.
    
           If you import a slimline PStwo you only need to swap the figure-8 cable
           that comes with the external transformer (they aren't wired together).
           
    
    
    5.2  Software
    -------------
    
    5.3.1  Importing censored titles
    
           The most common place to import censored titles from is New Zealand.
           With the exception of "Manhunt" New Zealand games aren't censored or
           banned to the same degree as Australia. NZ is geographically the
           closest PAL country so postage will be less.
    
    
    5.3.2  Importing from overseas
    
           If you are looking for titles that have not been released in PAL format,
           USA or Canada are the best countires to import from. Keep in mind you
           will need a mod-chipped Playstation 2 or need to import one from either
           country. Unless you specifically want a Japanese game, avoid importing
           from there.
    
    
    
    5.3  Accessories
    ----------------
    
    There is no point importing standard accessories from other countries. In
    almost every instance it will be cheaper to simply buy the Australian version.
    
    You may want to import peripheral accessories made for games you import - for
    example a dance mat for Dance Dance Revolution.
    
    
    
    5.4  The PS2 Hard Drive and Final Fantasy XI
    --------------------------------------------
    
    The American PS2 Hard Drive will work on Australian consoles (older Playstation
    2 units). You will need to import it from the US or Canada.
    
    As there are no PAL games with Hard Drive support, Final Fantasy XI is pretty
    much the only reason you would want to import a Hard Drive. You can play FFXI
    on an Australian console by providing a fake US address during signup. To buy
    credit, you will need to use a credit card.
    
    If you have a home computer with reasonable specs, it is much easier (and
    cheaper) to simply buy the PC version of the game.
    
    
    
    5.5  Other Important notes on Importing
    ---------------------------------------
    
    There is a small chance you may have to pay import duties on anything you bring
    into the country. This generally happens if the value exceeds AU$500 or if
    there are many items including in one shipment.
    
    If you import a game that has been banned in Australian, there is a small
    chance of it being confiscated by customs when it arrives in the country. This
    is very rare but there have been a few reports.
    
    Couriers are not always the best idea. Packages delivered by courier services
    are often more frequently searched by customs.
    
    For best chances at smooth shipping, only ship in small amounts.
    
    
    
    
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    6.0  Contact / Questions
    
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    Feel free to contact me with any questions to add to this FAQ. The address is:
    
    vibes@sebiv.net
    
    Please label the email with "PS2 FAQ" in the subject line.
    
    
    
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    7.0  Credits
    
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    Playstation North America - http://www.playstation.com
    Playstation Australia     - http://www.playstation.com.au
    Playstation UK            - http://www.playstation.co.uk
    Refused Classification    - http://www.refused-classification.com
    Future Gamerz             - http://www.futuregamez.net
    
    
    
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    8.0  Copyrights
    
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    "PlayStation" and "DUALSHOCK" are registered trademarks and "PS2" is a
    trademark of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
    
    Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. is a registered trademark of Sony 
    
    Corporation.
    
    "PlayStation" and the "PS" Family logo are registered trademarks of Sony
    Computer Entertainment Inc. Copyright Sony Corporation 1995, 2000. All
    rights reserved.
    
    "PSX" is a registered trademark of Sony Corporation, Copyright 2003, 2004.
    All rights reserved.
    
    
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