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Here's Why Fallout 3 Was "Banned" In Australia

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Last night, we heard that Fallout 3 had been refused classification in Australia by the Office of Film & Literature Classification. Which is a lovely, legalese term for "banned". But just what was it about the game that caused the decision? What content was deemed too explicit to be given an MA15+ rating, the highest the OFLC are allowed to give? Turns out it had nothing to do with gore, or cannibalism. It was the drugs. Specifically, the game's "chems", or power-ups:

Corresponding with the list of various "chems" are small visual representation of the drugs, these include syringes, tablets, pill bottles, a crack-type pipe and blister packs. In the Board's view these realistic visual representations of drugs and their delivery method bring the "science-fiction" drugs in line with "real-world" drugs.


Our advice, Bethesda: add some antenna and tesla coils to those crack pipes.

OFLC Report: Why Fallout 3 Was Banned In Australia [Kotaku AU]

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Luke Plunkett

I'm going to make some notes. A lot of you people shooting your mouths off (especially Americans not in possession of even the most basic facts in this situation) would do well to pay attention:

1 - The OFLC did not "ban" this game. They couldn't give it an MA15+ rating, because the content was too explicit for, say, a 15-18 year-old. They WOULD have given it an R if they COULD, but they can't. Because there's no R18+ rating for videogames in Australia (but there is for movies).

2 - That dates back decades, and for most of that time, wasn't really an issue. It is now. Thing is, being a federation, to amend the ratings and introduce an R18+ rating, the attorneys-general of all six states would need to agree to the proposal.

3 - Five of the six do. One does not, the attorney-general of South Australia.

4 - And that's it. This isn't an issue with Australian morals, or our government imposing some agenda, or a hate campaign against games. There's a legal process that's being blocked by a single man.