Here we are again. Australian representatives have just confirmed that Saints Row IV will yet again be refused classification, preventing the game's sale. While the reasons behind the board's decision will be released in full when finalized, they do confirm the basic rule that has been broken. No worries, the alien anal probe isn't causing trouble anymore, it's just that "Drug Use Related to Incentives and Rewards" thing... again.
Yes, an independent, 3-person board has decided that adults can't make reasonable conclusions about drug use in a video game about aliens and Keith David. We should only hope to meet these three heroic individuals in the future so we can better understand how to live better lives. Who am I kidding? Three people in Australia are outright preventing the sale of what should be considered a protected artform. It's disgusting.
At this point there's only one or two reasons I can think that Australia's ratings board is doing this. One, they're like street cops and parking tickets, they bring in revenue by rejecting games and then making them go through classification again. Or two, they have to persuade a political base that they're doing their jobs, whether to get reelected or to reaffirm their appointments.
Either way, Volition will have to go back into their code and figure out a way to fix whatever Australia is crying about. Saints Row IV will become less of the game it was originally intended to be and Australians will be protected from themselves. Maybe I should be less trusting. Maybe Australians can't help themselves from acting out sequences from movies and games. If so, thank goodness for censorship.