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It's been a busy week for the Australian Classification Board, the government entity responsible for rating entertainment media. A second title has now been declined classification, even under the new R18+ banner, put into effect at the start of 2013.
State of Decay, Undead Labs' open world zombie survival title won't be making an appearance down under. The board cites the prevalence of drugs found in the title and, more specifically, that they are absolutely crucial to progress through the game. This decision comes on the heels of the refusal to classify Saints Row IV for implied sexual violence due to an "alien anal probe" weapon.
The board cites "drug use related to incentives or rewards" as the ultimate reason for refusing classification. As these decisions start to come down from the Australian Classification Board, the boundaries of even the R18+ rating are coming into focus.
[Source: Kotaku Australia]
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Glad I don't live in a place like this lol, that sucks!
Poor gamers in Australia hahaa I do wish I lived there but not in this case.
It sucks to be a gamer in Australia right now. Sorry guys. :(
If America did something like this, I'd walk around D.C. dressed as a zombie/dude from saints row/ something from whatever was banned.
Wow. I feel sorry for people who live in Australia. Your government sucks when it comes to video games.
You would think Australia is utopia with all this fearmongering that the rating board has. "No Australian has ever made an anal probe/drug usage joke ever, or even heard about it and we are not going to let a damn videogame change that!!!!!". Sheesh.
They also happen to be mostly pharmaceutical drugs that people use in everyday life. Ignorance is bliss Australia.
this is just plain stupid,games have had pain pills in games before