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#1 compl3x

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Posted 26 June 2013 - 00:40

Yesterday news broke that Saints Row IV was refused classification by the Australian Classification Board and we’ve just received a copy of the report.
 

According to a statement from the Classification Board the game was refused classification as a result of implied sexual violence. Now we can confirm that the report states the following…

 

 
The game includes a weapon referred to by the Applicant as an “Alien Anal Probe”. The Applicant states that this weapon can be “shoved into enemy’s backsides”. The lower half of the weapon resembles a sword hilt and the upper part contains prong-like appendages which circle around what appears to be a large dildo which runs down the centre of the weapon. When using this weapon the player approaches a (clothed) victim from behind and thrusts the weapon between the victim’s legs and then lifts them off the ground before pulling a trigger which launches the victim into the air. After the probe has been implicitly inserted into the victim’s anus the area around their buttocks becomes pixelated highlighting that the aim of the weapon is to penetrate the victim’s anus. The weapon can be used during gameplay on enemy characters or civilians. In the Board’s opinion, a weapon designed to penetrate the anus of enemy characters and civilians constitutes a visual depiction of implied sexual violence that is interactive and not justified by context and as such the game should be Refused Classification.

 

 

The report also made mention of the use of illicit drugs.

The game contains an optional mission which involves the player obtaining and smoking drugs referred to as “alien narcotics”. Smoking the “alien narcotics” equips the player with “superpowers” which increase their in-game abilities allowing them to progress through the mission more easily.
According to the report these are the two main reasons why Saints Row IV has been refused classification.

 

 

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#2 Elliot B.

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Posted 26 June 2013 - 00:42

Love it :D

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Posted 26 June 2013 - 00:48

Good old backwards Australia :rofl:  even after been finally given a R18+ rating for games this still happens. I've said it before and I'll say it again, the problem is our antiquated rating system! not the fact we lacked a R18+ classification and this pretty much proves it.



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Posted 26 June 2013 - 00:49

An alien anal probe? Seriously?



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Posted 26 June 2013 - 00:55

The drug bit is stupid, I'll grant you. Perhaps the rape-y nature of the anal probe isn't all that unreasonable? Although if you can gun down a whole bunch of people then maybe it isn't that bad? Hmm...


An alien anal probe? Seriously?

 

It's because you can force it into enemies and civilians. Essentially their argument against it is that it is forced sodomy (i.e. rape).

 

 

The drug point is stupid. R18+ should cover that, no worries.



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Posted 26 June 2013 - 00:59

The drug bit is stupid, I'll grant you. Perhaps the rape-y nature of the anal probe isn't all that unreasonable? Although if you can gun down a whole bunch of people then maybe it isn't that bad? Hmm...


 

It's because you can force it into enemies and civilians. Essentially their argument against it is that it is forced sodomy (i.e. rape).

 

 

The drug point is stupid. R18+ should cover that, no worries.

and the R18+ should cover the anal probe too, that's kind of the point



#7 trag3dy

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Posted 26 June 2013 - 01:00

Gotta love the Saints Row games. Saints Row 3 was great fun.



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Posted 26 June 2013 - 01:04

I heard that it was RC last night, but just for that? C'mon... (N)



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Posted 26 June 2013 - 01:06

:uberhump: That's sold me on the game :laugh: Just when you think you cant top a huge purple dildo bat, they bring you the probe.



#10 Lamp0

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Posted 26 June 2013 - 01:13

is The Internet allowed in Australia?



#11 Xerxes

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Posted 26 June 2013 - 01:15

is The Internet allowed in Australia?

:rofl: it nearly wasn't, thank god that stupid filter got canned....