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#1 compl3x

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Posted 26 June 2013 - 06:10

Hola Australian State of Decay fans,

I have bad news to share: State of Decay has been refused classification by the Australian Classification Board (ACB). We've run afoul of certain prohibitions regarding the depiction of drug use. We're working with Microsoft to come up with options, including changing names of certain medications in the game to comply with ratings requirements. Whatever our path forward, it's going to take a bit.

I know this is frustrating — believe me, we're frustrated too — but each country has the right to set its own rules about content, and it's our responsibility to comply with them. Rest assured we'll do everything we can to find a way to get the game into your hands. Stay tuned.

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I am not hopeful for GTA V at this rate.

 




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Posted 26 June 2013 - 06:46

Australia is becoming a bigger joke with each passing day



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Posted 26 June 2013 - 06:53

Nah, it's always been this bad. Stuff that they can get away with on TV gets you instantly banned in a game.

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Posted 26 June 2013 - 07:22

They tease with finally passing an R18+ classification then they still block games regardless



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Posted 26 June 2013 - 07:46

The problem with the R18+ is that all it really did was allow for more "high impact" violence. It didn't expand the rating to include drug-use, drug as a reward, sex, etc.

 

Really it was a bit of an empty victory because games before R18+ that were really violent were being let in under the MA15+ rating. It is good that those < 15 aren't able to get games that are inappropriate for them, but it has done absolutely nothing to include more adult content under R18+.



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Posted 26 June 2013 - 08:27

Another issue is that the rating board is extremely arbitrary, Saints Row 3 featured a scene where you sell a bunch of prostitutes in a shipping container into sexual slavery, which was totally ok then.

L4D2 was censored because you could kill security guards, while with GTA they had a bigger issue with having prostitutes than they did killing police, etc. The rating board doesn't look at previous reviews when rating a new title, that would be much too logical.

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Posted 26 June 2013 - 09:14

Another issue is that the rating board is extremely arbitrary, Saints Row 3 featured a scene where you sell a bunch of prostitutes in a shipping container into sexual slavery, which was totally ok then.

L4D2 was censored because you could kill security guards, while with GTA they had a bigger issue with having prostitutes than they did killing police, etc. The rating board doesn't look at previous reviews when rating a new title, that would be much too logical.

 

 

Absolutely true. The whole process seems to be entirely random.



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Posted 26 June 2013 - 10:23

I'm glad I live in a country that doesn't ban games in this manner.