Saints Row 4 banned in Australia, Volition to censor offendi

Your comments on our articles.

Board rules that game "offends against standards of morality, decency and propriety"

Volition and Deep Silver's Saints Row 4 has been denied an age rating by the Australian Classification Board, because it "rewards" in-game drug use and features "interactive, visual depictions of implied sexual violence". As a consequence, it'll be illegal to sell or display the game in stores across the country when Saints Row 4 launches in August. Woe unto artistic license, etc.... read more

Saints Row 4 banned in Australia, Volition to censor offendi

Postby CunningSmile » 25 Jun 2013, 13:44

Doesn't Oz have some weird ratings system whereby films can be rated 18 or M but games stop at 14/15? Means that almost instantly anything deemed not suitable for a 15 year old gets banned, even if the same content in a film would be OK.
A Tweet is like an episode of Game of Thrones; there are 140 characters and something awful usually happens
User avatar
CunningSmile 75
OXM Moderator
 
Posts: 11972
Joined: 03 Aug 2009, 15:17
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Saints Row 4 banned in Australia, Volition to censor off

Postby schwepterbrowser » 25 Jun 2013, 13:54

They've had an 18 rating for games for a while now, SR4 was refused that 18 rating.
User avatar
schwepterbrowser 58
 
Posts: 2310
Joined: 02 Aug 2007, 16:49
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Saints Row 4 banned in Australia, Volition to censor off

Postby CunningSmile » 25 Jun 2013, 14:07

Cheers, didn't realise they'd introduced this. About time they caught up with the rest of the world.
A Tweet is like an episode of Game of Thrones; there are 140 characters and something awful usually happens
User avatar
CunningSmile 75
OXM Moderator
 
Posts: 11972
Joined: 03 Aug 2009, 15:17
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Saints Row 4 banned in Australia, Volition to censor off

Postby Metalrodent » 25 Jun 2013, 14:31

you can hack limbs off and chainsaw people to death, but make some sex jokes and pixelated nudity and it's a no no :roll:
Image
Hey you, yes you! Feel free to check out my blog (New content!)
User avatar
Metalrodent 72
 
Posts: 5684
Joined: 20 Nov 2012, 15:22

Re: Saints Row 4 banned in Australia, Volition to censor off

Postby Sandbwoy » 25 Jun 2013, 14:46

Australia can be real strict sometimes. They need to lighten up
Sandbwoy 24
 
Posts: 167
Joined: 15 Jan 2013, 16:39
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Saints Row 4 banned in Australia, Volition to censor off

Postby SilentDark » 25 Jun 2013, 15:53

This coming from the country that gave us Prisoner Cell Block H, Neighboughs and Kylie Minogue. Hypocrisy much? :wink:
The end approaches. The Silent one returns to the darkness from whence he came. Reborn he will be clad in armour and packing more dakka than the entire Warhammer 40k universe combined. Look for his coming. He is coming.
SilentDark 69
 
Posts: 3084
Joined: 10 Jan 2013, 15:40
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Saints Row 4 banned in Australia, Volition to censor off

Postby Grummy » 25 Jun 2013, 19:05

No worries, she'll be alright, eh mate?
One. Warrior. Nation.

"The PS4 reminds me of a Kit-Kat, and I like Kit-Kats" as spoken by the Hetty.
User avatar
Grummy 67
OXM Moderator
 
Posts: 9433
Joined: 06 Jun 2007, 19:36
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Saints Row 4 banned in Australia, Volition to censor off

Postby Aphasial » 25 Jun 2013, 19:37

Metalrodent wrote:you can hack limbs off and chainsaw people to death, but make some sex jokes and pixelated nudity and it's a no no :roll:


Of course. It seems, afterall that censors would far rather we were influenced into butchering each other than sleeping with each other.

Maybe its a form of population control. Or maybe they know they can blame video games for violent crime but not for a rise in teen pregnancy :?
Image

'These are stone killers, little man. They ain't cuddly like me.'
Jayne Cobb, Firefly
User avatar
Aphasial 22
 
Posts: 45
Joined: 18 Dec 2012, 21:48

Re: Saints Row 4 banned in Australia, Volition to censor off

Postby Baryonyx » 25 Jun 2013, 21:06

They didn't even get a sniff of Manhunt, the poor fools.
Image
User avatar
Baryonyx 43
 
Posts: 963
Joined: 04 Dec 2009, 18:24

Re: Saints Row 4 banned in Australia, Volition to censor off

Postby Bugsquat » 25 Jun 2013, 22:57

Yahtzee will be pleased :)

Still, you can't fault them for dilligently trying to reduce that kind of content entering their society - misguided and utterly wrong though they are.
The way of life is the posture of a tree; rigid trunk for structured and directed childhood, followed by open branches - life choices. Some branches take one higher than others, and some split many times. But never forget...Every branch bears a leaf.
User avatar
Bugsquat 31
 
Posts: 159
Joined: 20 May 2013, 15:19
Location: United Kingdom


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 3 guests

The forum teamDelete all forum cookiesAll times are UTC [ DST ]
cron