Neoseeker : News : Australia doubles down on censorship, refuses R18+ classification to State of Decay
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Rabla Jun 26, 13
I don't understand why drug references are suddenly a problem, they haven't been a problem in the last eighteen years I've been alive, and that was before we had the R18 rating.

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Head, meet desk.
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bluexy Jun 26, 13
Rabla Apparently taking drugs so zombies down't tear your face off is grossly irresponsible and could influence the actions of adults otherwise able to own guns, drink, join the army and well, they can probably do drugs if they want to, too.
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Rabla Jun 26, 13
bluexy Right, how could I forget all those people who might take drugs while being attacked by zombies. It all makes sense now.
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Rabla Jun 26, 13
I guess there's a difference between references to drugs and the player avatar using drugs, but...

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bluexy Jun 26, 13
Rabla Is there really though? We're talking about a ratings board of elected officials, not medical experts, censoring art over issue of perspective -- pressing a button to see a character on screen taking drugs is bad, but in all other cases fine? How do they draw that line? How can they feel like they're making informed decisions?
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Gligar Jun 26, 13
if they dont pass GTA 5 then I feel so glad Im not living in australia
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S-I-E Jun 26, 13
nice rating board you aussies have down under...

you ask them to rate vidya games properly to help people make their own decisions and then they start to take control and think that the moral choice still belongs to them. these guys obviously need to get off their high catholic horse and realise they are just minions working for the consumers not the other way around.
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BlackLabel Jun 26, 13
Let's look at this how they looked at Saints Row IV..

In Saints Row IV the alien anal probe weapon didn't have the correct context to be suitable as "it's funny" isn't enough and was thus deemed offensive enough to refuse classification.

If we look at State of Decay the context of the drug use is the survival element. This isn't some random survivor chancing on a drug den and shooting up some heroin this is a survivor taking some ibuprofen to control the pain. There is enough context given in my opinion for the drugs in the game to be a non-issue.

Now I could possibly see them having an issue with the drug names being real but even then to ground a game in reality you can't really change that. I think they are definitely being over-sensitive on this one.
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DedValve Jun 26, 13
Out of curiosity did the last of us get the thumbs up in Australia?
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Crusad3r Jun 26, 13
Sigh... I think we need to go shoot these idiots censoring our games. Who's with me. We march to Canberra! XD
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S-I-E Jun 26, 13
quote Crusad3r
Sigh... I think we need to go shoot these idiots censoring our games. Who's with me. We march to Canberra! XD
you first?
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Yay4sean Jun 26, 13
wadafk.
How could a game like this POSSIBLY get banned completely? Aren't these drugs like, medical related? Because I don't know about you, but when some animal with rabies bites me, the first thing I do is go get some drugs to combat that.
Next thing you know, SC2 will be supporting drug use with "Stimpacks" and get b&. zzzzzz...
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Ncjpr1993 Jun 26, 13
UPDATE: Doom 4 denied rating by Australian Classification Board due to mistreatment of demons, use of medical supplies, and misuse of a chainsaw.

I can see it now.
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BlackLabel Jun 26, 13
quote Ncjpr1993
UPDATE: Doom 4 denied rating by Australian Classification Board due to mistreatment of demons, use of medical supplies, and misuse of a chainsaw.

I can see it now.
They denied Left 4 Dead 2 for the mistreatment of zombies, granted that was pre-R18+ but after the last few days I am sure that game would have still been refused classification if released today.
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