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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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Australian politicians are freagen idiots. Even by politician standards.
When I was a kid I always wanted to live in Australia...but then I started to find out how anal they are about video games and I immediately said "Screw Australia, I'm goin' to Japan"
are they talking about acetaminophen? Lol I don't even use the prescription stuff, I just keep it in storage for the influence boost. This may be a case of "if we did it for Saints Row 4, we should do it for State of Decay." what's next? No Mario Bros. games because you eat mushrooms in it? That would make more sense then state of decay. Just as much of an overreaction, but still..
Ahh the Tories must be having a recent drug problem on a larger scale.
well Australians, I am sorry you cannot play great games :/
This is weird I'm glad I'm not an Australian.
I think the Aussies are on NoFunium if they keep doing this. Next thing you know, they'll ban something for having energy drinks or something...
glad i don't live in australia...some of the world's poisonous animals and barely any M-rated games...
Australia Fun Fact: The rating board made Bethesda change Morphine to Med-X in Fallout 3. They sure are tight down under aren't they?
Get your crap together Australia!
What drugs? Analogues of prescription pain medication or illegal narcotics? It seems to me that logical use of pain killers and antibiotics after severe injury makes sense. It's the implied meaning of using a Med-Pack. Maybe people over there strictly use poultices and herbal remedies in their trauma wards.
Austrailia is failing.
LOL, they will ban the game because of the use of drugs rather than people ripping heads of off dead people? Or dead people eating other people? Sucks for Australian gamers, what will it be next? Ban hello kitty in the rainbow world because pink can cause blindness?
I'll say it again. To solve this problem, developers just need to stop sending games to Australia. Just stop. They don't deserve anything if all the developers hard work and money go into a game, just for it to get banned. F*ck you, Australia.
This just proves that Australia really needs to reevaluate their entire ratings' board, because they seem to be crying about just about anything that they can find. They are nitpicking, just looking for the smallest things, blowing them way out of proportions, and then banning a game.