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July 9th, 2008, 14:18
The rumour has been around for a while but it seems to be true according to this report from Gamespot.
Rumours were swirling late last week that Australia's strict games classification regime had struck its highest-profile victim for 2008, with Fallout 3 apparently being refused a rating. It seems the rumours were true, with confirmation coming tonight that Bethesda's upcoming post-apocalyptic action-RPG has indeed been banned for sale in Australia.
The most recent update for the Web site of Australia's Office of Film and Literature Classification (OFLC) shows that Fallout 3 has been refused classification. Unlike films or DVDs, the highest rating allowable for a game in Australia is MA 15+, which means any title that has content deemed unsuitable for a 15-year-old is illegal to sell or promote in this country.
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July 9th, 2008, 14:18
I had no idea the laws were that strict in Australia. Do a lot of games get this ban?
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July 9th, 2008, 14:19
A few it seems the bottom of the article:

"Fallout 3 is the third game in 2008 to be banned in Australia. Dark Sector was originally refused classification, although an edited version has recently been resubmitted and passed with an MA 15+ rating. Last week, Shellshock 2 was banned due to graphic violent content."
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July 9th, 2008, 14:23
No. There are a couple of things that set the OFLC off - sexualised violence, for example. The Australian distributor Red Ant will make a minor change or two and re-submit the game.

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July 9th, 2008, 14:38
I wonder if the un-banned versions would be worth anything. Might be worth slipping a few in my suitcase when they ship me off to Adelaide.

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July 9th, 2008, 14:39
Looks like yet another ridiculous assumption that games are only for kids…. and by an entire government no less.
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July 9th, 2008, 14:46
The rest of the article:

"While the OFLC website has no details on why Fallout 3 was banned, a user in GameSpot's PC forum last week suggested it could be due to the use of the drug morphine within the game. Australia's game classification rules state that titles that "depict, express or otherwise deal with matters of sex, drug misuse or addiction, crime, cruelty, violence or revolting or abhorrent phenomena in such a way that they offend against the standards of morality, decency and propriety generally accepted by reasonable adults" will be refused classification.

Fallout 3 is the third game in 2008 to be banned in Australia. Dark Sector was originally refused classification, although an edited version has recently been resubmitted and passed with an MA 15+ rating. Last week, Shellshock 2 was banned due to graphic violent content.

GameSpot will continue to update this story as it develops, including further details on exactly why the game was banned. Check back soon for more information."

I did see this post on Gamespot but I thought I'd wait till something official popped up. Could just be as simple as changing the drugs name but it could be another reason as they haven't said yet.
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July 9th, 2008, 17:07
Wow I always thought we Germans suffer from the most strict gaming control.
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July 9th, 2008, 17:10
Originally Posted by Holly Avenger View Post
Looks like yet another ridiculous assumption that games are only for kids…. and by an entire government no less.
Depends on who buys it … Who can prevent that kids are actually buying it ?

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Wow I always thought we Germans suffer from the most strict gaming control.
I thought the same. I'm baffled.

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Depends on who buys it … Who can prevent that kids are actually buying it ?
Um… parents? Or is this a trick question?
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July 9th, 2008, 17:13
IF the parents are willing to look after their children … Exactly this is the problem …

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July 9th, 2008, 17:24
If they aren't, violent video games are the least of their problems.

I don't believe in restricting the rights of adults to choose their own entertainment in the name of "protecting the children." I also believe that, by default, parents should be trusted to bring up their kids, and that we should have mechanisms to handle the tragic exceptions where they can't.

But bellyaching about the possibility of adult entertainment materials falling into the hands of innocent children is both stupid and counter-productive. It's a non-solution that only serves to distract attention from the real problems.
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July 9th, 2008, 17:38
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Wow I always thought we Germans suffer from the most strict gaming control.
Why? There are nice little things called Import Shops (Okaysoft, Gameware.at, PC Fun, etc) and of course online distribution. And in recent years you can even have German voice acting and translation in most EU releases if you wish (thanks to the DVD).
And of course under the 2004 law we can have uncut versions of our games once they have been rated "ab 18" just like movies (eg. C&C3, World in Conflict).
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July 9th, 2008, 18:05
And people complain about ESRB rating system in the US. At least we don't have the government controlling the game ratings and what games can be sold in the US. The ESRB is an industry made organization to govern itself based on social acceptabilities.
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July 9th, 2008, 18:09
Then again, industry self-regulation practices, especially in the USA, have a history of being even more draconian than most governmental regulation practices. The Motion Picture Code, for example.
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July 9th, 2008, 18:35
Guess it's another game I'll be importing from the UK, or the US.

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July 9th, 2008, 19:49
Is there any news of why the OLFC has refused to rate this game?

I mean, last week, it sounded like it was because of the use of morphine to releive pain in the game; the game's stimpack? -ehm- health restoration -ehm- packs…

Or is it because of the very violent death animations where people's heads blow off if you get a critical hit?? Or is it because some girl in a certain town offers you -ehm- relief - and just likein GTA IV you get a small health boost…

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July 9th, 2008, 20:30
Most places in the UK ship all over the world - GAME is our biggest retailer and certainly does:
http://www.game.co.uk/help/shipping.aspx

I wonder if any of the people moaning that F3 would be made more kiddy friendly will shut up now
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July 9th, 2008, 21:28
good for them. perhaps if more countries had the guts to this more often then companies would stop going for the cheap thrill and simply focus on better games.

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July 9th, 2008, 23:33
That assumes the issue is caused by a "cheap thrill".

Australia needs an "R" rating for games but I doubt Red Ant would be happy with that classification anyway, so either way, it would have been softened and re-submitted to get MA15+.

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