Posts Tagged ‘Australian Games Fascism’

The Dongs Are Back In Town: SR4 Australia

By Ben Barrett on August 3rd, 2013.

from Cara with love.

You just can’t stop the twists and turns in the Saints Row 4 classification story. After being refused twice on different builds of the game a third and final submission has been made. This time, according to local distributor All Interactive Entertainment, it has just the right combination of sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll to somehow deserve only an MA15+ rating. Jumping two brackets (skipping 18+ entirely) seems to be down to removal of both the “alien narcotics” and “Rectifier Probe” weapon. Quote from publishers Deep Silver if you’re old enough to pass the break.

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Trouble Down Under: Saints Row 4 Refused Classification

By Cara Ellison on July 29th, 2013.

I had to pause the trailer SO MANY TIMES to get this screenshot. It is now printed out in A3 size and I use it as a tablecloth
Men (and women) have been At Work, Down Under, attempting to classify dildo-filled absurdity-fest Saints Row IV. They have finally… come…. to a conclusion. “In the Review Board’s opinion, Saints Row IV could not be accommodated within the R 18+ classification as drug use related to incentives and rewards is not permitted.” You better run, you better take cover. Read the rest of this entry »

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Australia Joins Left 4 Dead 2 Boycott

By Kieron Gillen on September 18th, 2009.

Back, back boycotters.

You know you’ve hit a raw nerve when a goverment classification board decides to join a boycott of your game. So when Australia’s Classification board refuses a certification for Left 4 Dead 2 because Valve are RIPPING OFF THE KIDS you know you’ve… actually, no, I’ve misread this again. They’ve banned it because it’s a violent videogame and Australia has some of the most agreeably loopy censorship in the democratic world. Man!

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Australia To Ban Rest Of World, Probably.

By Kieron Gillen on June 25th, 2009.

This is pretty much straight news-blogging. It’d be easy to editorialise on it, but I suspect you know exactly what I’m going to say. Australia is already known for its lack of an actual real 18/R rating, so banning any game that would get over a 15 here. It’s also known for its [forwarding - Ed] net-censoring, with active network-level blocking of sites [being proposed -Ed]. It’s being reported that they’re bringing these wonderful developments together, wanting to block access to sites including any content that doesn’t hit that 15 rating, including everything from shops that will ship real games to Australia to flash games to any other downloadable adult-rated game. Do read the full story, which does explore some of the implications – like, say, World of Warcraft not being rated in Australia due to being an online game. So… is that going to be banned? We’ll follow this one carefully.

Actually, let’s editorialise a bit: Piss Right Off.

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