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AvP Refused Classification In Australia

The Australian ratings board has refused to classify Aliens vs Predator for sale in Australia, making it illegal to sell Rebellion's upcoming faction-based shooter down under, reports Kotaku Australia (thanks Michael). Sega has already indicated they are committed to the mature themes of the Alien and Predator brands and will not edit the game for sale in Germany. True to that, Kotaku has a quote from Sega that does not mention cutting gore from the game as one of the options they are exploring: "SEGA Australia can today confirm that the initial submission of Aliens vs Predator has been Refused Classification by the Classification Operations Board of Australia. We will continue to investigate all options available to us, including the possibility of appeal." Computer and Video Games has a confirmation from Rebellion CEO Jason Kingsley they won't be editing the game:

Rebellion is disappointed that its upcoming title Aliens vs. Predator has been banned in Australia. However, as we understand the law in that country the authorities had no choice as we agree strongly that our game is not suitable for game players who are not adults.

The content of AvP is based on some of the most innovative and iconic horror movies, and as such we wanted to create a title that was true to the source material. It is for adults, and it is bloody and frightening, that was our intent. We will not be releasing a sanitized or cut down version for territories where adults are not considered by their governments to be able to make their own entertainment choices."

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31. Re: AvP Refused Classification In Australia Dec 5, 2009, 10:51 derelict koan
 
Hey Aussies is your country really run by conservative old farts??

Something like that...its so damn embarrasing
 
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30. Re: AvP Nixed In Aus Dec 5, 2009, 02:47 Ledge
 
... and more games will get refused classification.
f*ck this, im moving to the United States. : P

 
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29. Re: AvP Refused Classification In Austra Dec 4, 2009, 22:01 Numinar
 
Good call rebellion. I hope people find a way to import before resorting to torrents, but either way your game will be a martyr down here (No local industry revenue for a big million unit selling game) and something even non-gamers will understand because of the license.

You shouldn't lose too much money. Our population for the whole continent is only a little higher than that of New York state. Oh hang on, since your publisher and others charge double for your games here, which is probably about 5 times the profit margin, it might hurt a little teeny weeny bit. Especially digital profits.
 
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28. Re: AvP Refused Classification In Australia Dec 4, 2009, 20:31 Kxmode
 
Do they censor violent, gory films?  
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27. Re: AvP Refused Classification In Australia Dec 4, 2009, 20:26 Mashiki Amiketo
 
Hey Aussies is your country really run by conservative old farts??
Closer to Liberals(not the aussie definition of liberals, but actual liberals) who want to protect everyone from everything including themselves.

This is typical nannystatism. YAY nanny states, forget it.
 
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26. Re: AvP Refused Classification In Australia Dec 4, 2009, 18:25 Cutter
 
Poor, poor Aussies.
 
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25. Re: AvP Refused Classification In Australia Dec 4, 2009, 16:32 Grokk
 
Pretty sure it's illegal to sell and illegal to import these games only. They can be purchased legally and owned legally, however getting past the not being able to sell issue is a doozy for any prospective buyers.

Steam will block (at the publishers request) access to the game from any Australian steam accounts.
I'm sure there will be a lot of copies come in from NZ but it does pretty much screw any multiplayer capability the game has.

I've already had to skip on my purchase of L4D2 given how shit the censored game was. (They made it into a soulless game with no atmosphere)

This country does a lot of things right, but we always manage to blunder anything that's going to be of note to the rest of the world.
Thanks for embarrassing me again Australia.
 
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24. Re: AvP Refused Classification In Australia Dec 4, 2009, 16:27 Unknown Soldier
 
Hmm this game is back on my radar now, thanks Australia! Anything in mainstream media that gets banned / censored is usually worth checking out on some level.  
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23. Re: AvP Refused Classification In Australia Dec 4, 2009, 16:11 Dev
 
Sacrifice:
Steam will have to ban purchase of it for Aussie IP numbers, or else they could get in trouble. But Aussies can probably still buy the import version (aka US or Europe), or just pick it up from ebay.
 
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22. Re: AvP Refused Classification In Australia Dec 4, 2009, 14:06 Fifth
 
Its only still law because nobody in gov could get it changed without ruining his political career nor finding a majority to support it.

From my understanding, it's still law because one man doesn't want to hear about it.

If the Australian people want R18+ games they can vote for someone who actually supports it.
 
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21. Re: AvP Refused Classification In Australia Dec 4, 2009, 13:46 Eldaron Imotholin
 
I think they'll have to raise their black flags, a white skull its crest.

This comment was edited on Dec 4, 2009, 13:46.
 
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20. Re: AvP Refused Classification In Australia Dec 4, 2009, 13:41 Sacrifice
 
Couldn't Australians just buy it off steam or some other online service? Or are those somehow blocked as well?  
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19. Re: AvP Refused Classification In Australia Dec 4, 2009, 13:10 TurdFergasun
 
sounds like they need to release ol chopper reid on the ausi pariliamen.  
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18. Re: AvP Refused Classification In Australia Dec 4, 2009, 13:10 Eldaron Imotholin
 
What a panal of bored old meatsacks...  
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17. Re: AvP Refused Classification In Australia Dec 4, 2009, 12:37 MTechnik
 
That gives me a bit of hope. However, after hearing how bad Rogue Warrior is...  
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16. Re: AvP Refused Classification In Australia Dec 4, 2009, 12:36 007Bistromath
 
It's pretty great how I've seen "refused classification in Australia" so many times that my mind now automatically changes it to "is totally awesome and you should buy it."  
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15. Re: AvP Refused Classification In Australia Dec 4, 2009, 12:00 ibm
 
Only if the skull you rip from marines heads has a picture of Barry Humphries on it as well.  
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14. Re: AvP Refused Classification In Australia Dec 4, 2009, 11:27 sir
 
If they replaced the blood with splashes of beer, would it get classification?  
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13. Re: AvP Refused Classification In Australia Dec 4, 2009, 11:21 Riker
 
Shocking.  
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12. Re: AvP Refused Classification In Australia Dec 4, 2009, 11:08 eRe4s3r
 
Except if its Porn with ... certain WW2 symbolism

Its only still law because nobody in gov could get it changed without ruining his political career nor finding a majority to support it.
 
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