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Why was Fallout 3 banned in Oz?

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Fallout 3 BANNED

 

So the big noise in Oz at the moment is all about why Fallout 3 was refused classification or in other words, BANNED…

The official reason is this

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.

So do they honestly think that 18 year olds don’t know about real-world drugs?

Well you see the problem is that the most severe game rating in Oz is Mature that allows anyone over 15 to buy it… So anything that is a little to risque for 15 year olds is banned across the country.

Now any normal person would just suggest they add a 18+ rating to the system and all the problems would be solved, however logic is something that just doesn’t exist in any government department in the world.

But there is good news, all Bethesda need to do is make the drug paraphernalia look a little less real-world and then it should be passed… because 15 year olds have no idea what an altered syringe would look like…

Last Updated: July 11, 2008

17 Comments

  1. kabraal

    July 11, 2008 at 14:33

    Damn, I’m glad I decided to stay put in good ‘ol SA

    By the looks of it, Oz is drying out plus now they get now fallout. Suck to be them…

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  2. bokka1

    July 11, 2008 at 14:40

    I think that the Oz age restriction is 16 and above. They don’t have the 18 cut-off age and thus their classification is much stricter. I maybe wrong but I think I read something like this.

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  3. Vamp

    July 11, 2008 at 14:48

    Some people really have nothing better to do with their lives than to make others miserable.
    Sux to be an Aussie tho. They’ve had this problem for years.

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  4. Fred

    July 11, 2008 at 14:59

    So adults wont be able to enjoy this videogame because of that crappy reason , very lame and ignorant.

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  5. scotty777

    July 11, 2008 at 15:28

    so much for freedom 😉

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  6. SlippyMadFrog

    July 11, 2008 at 15:29

    You know what they say, the only thing wrong with Australia is Australians 😉

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  7. Banana hammock

    July 11, 2008 at 15:32

    The maximum age rating allowed in Aus is 15, so their tolerance levels are much lower. But let’s face it, they can still just import the damn thing.

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  8. Lupus

    July 11, 2008 at 15:51

    Depends on the law, I know for some banned goods it is illegal to bring them in as well.

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  9. doobiwan

    July 11, 2008 at 16:03

    It’s really ridiculous, the same body that restricts Games does movies and they have 2 higher ratings for 18 and AO. They know they’re out of date, they want to change, but because of the way the law is structured, 1 single guy (Some backwater District attorney or something) is currently blocking the whole process because they have to have 100% consensus.

    They better sort this mess out before I get there darnit! 😉

    doobiwan’s last blog post..The Games that made the consoles

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  10. hilt_ctn

    July 11, 2008 at 16:13

    First Dark Sector, now this. Wait for it.

    ” Mario Smash Bros is banned because it brings cartoon type violence in line with real world violence…and we dont like it

    Sincerely – The Board of Anal erhm Aus Reviewers “

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  11. Banana hammock

    July 11, 2008 at 16:22

    Dark Sector?

    But there wasn’t anything remotely bad in that.

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  12. hilt_ctn

    July 11, 2008 at 16:28

    It was banned for ” high-impact violence, particularly the finishing moves the game’s main character can perform on various enemies ” So they didn’t like body parts coming off

    True as Bob, their society is going to end up like that portrayed in the movie ” Demolition Man ”

    Pax brothers pax.. SCREW YOU DUDE !! Let people make up their own minds.

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  13. hilt_ctn

    July 11, 2008 at 16:33

    Come to think of it, why didn’t they ban Haze. Surely Nectar is a drug 😉

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  14. doobiwan

    July 11, 2008 at 17:21

    There’s an article up on gameplayer showing up the hiporcrisy – Haze was one, Max Payne and the mother of all “Drugs and child abuse are good” games – BioShock.

    doobiwan’s last blog post..The Games that made the consoles

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  15. Jak

    July 11, 2008 at 22:06

    SAme thing with GTA IV. Needed to bring it down but only because it such a massive game.

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  16. Milesh Bhana

    July 11, 2008 at 23:24

    GTA4 was censored a little to make the cut of the 15 rating, but Austrailia has a big enough population to demand it and Rock Star obliged.

    I actually agree with a 16 max age restriction on a game. THink about when you were 16. Now think about any “M” rated game. You’d have been playing it anyway. I’ve noticed that parents these days are aware of age restrictions, but i’m sure that most parents would allow a 16 year old to play something like Gears of War. The age restrictions seem to matter less at that age.

    Unless there’s gratuitous sex, of course. (don’t agree with that, but that is how the world works…)

    Milesh Bhana’s last blog post..Cost Price Sale @ BGR Games

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  17. LazySAGamer

    July 12, 2008 at 00:01

    No most people just import banned games from Play-Asia and that’s legal…

    You can’t sell unclassified games in Oz but that doesn’t mean you can’t play them 😉

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