The lights are on
The game is still on shelves, but the Australian Advertising
Standards Bureau yanked a TV spot for the upcoming zombie-infested adventure from
The scene found objectionable (view the ad below, if you’re
of an appropriate age) shows two young people choosing to immolate themselves
rather than be overrun by an advancing undead horde. In addition, the final
image of the ad depicts the silhouette of a dead man hanging from a tree.
The statement from the Advertising Standards Bureau reads, “The
issue of suicide is a very significant community concern and considered that
the use of images which are strongly suggestive of suicide is not appropriate
in the context of a television advertisement for a computer game.”
Deep Silver had previously gotten in trouble for the
collector’s edition bloody-torso figurine, which was in extremely poor taste
and for which the company ultimately apologized.
Publisher Deep Silver and local distributor All Interactive
Entertainment expressed their regret over the board’s action, but have replaced
#mce_temp_url#the advertisement with a new video.
Read Tim Turi’s full review for more on Dead Island Riptide, and read up on Techland's next-gen zombie game, Dying Light.
[Source: Mumbrella via Kotaku]
Its sucks when something as simple as an artistic intro to a game is seen as something to be banned. I love it when games make these kind of TV spots. It pulls at the soul and makes you want to kill zombies that much more!
Didn't they ban the hanging logo from the first one? It's no surprise they wouldn't let that slide this time.
I guess if its to realistic and close to what would actually happen if placed in this type situation, then it needs to be banned.