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Fallout 3 in AU Follow-up

Kotaku Australia has follow-up on reports that Fallout 3 has been banned in Australia (story), providing the OFLC's official report on the action. In short, it was not any violence or gore in the game that triggered it's banning, which was based entirely on the game's depiction of drug use. Here's the relevant quote from the OFLC report:

The game contains the option to take a variety of "chems" using a device which is connected to the character's arm. Upon selection of the device a menu selection screen is displayed. Upon this screen is a list of "chems" that the player can take, by means of selection. These "chems" have positive effects and some negitave effects (lowering of intelligence, or the character may become addicted to the "chem"). The positive effects include increase in strength, stamina, resistance to damage, agility and hit points.

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.

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5. Re: AU Ban Jul 9, 2008, 22:27 nin
 
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.

Killing, however, is A-OK!



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4. Re: AU Ban Jul 9, 2008, 22:11 Talisorn
 
Shouldn't every game with potions, med-kits or other type of pharmacopoeia be banned, too? Potions are very much like the bottles of medicine available on store shelves worldwide. Med-kits contain stimulants and other chemicals to provide temporary relief from pain and fatigue, much like an energy drink or caffeine pill. I think there is a political angle to this, as this ruling is purely arbitrary when taken in context with the ratings of other games that are allowed in AU.
I think you're missing their point. It's the image representation that they have an issue with. The OFLC's problem seems to be with the use of real-world drug imagery. I'm sure that given different icons, the it could be given classification.

It does seem a silly thing to get hung up on, but it's only a minor thing to change. Not much for Beth to change an get re-classified.

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3. No subject Jul 9, 2008, 21:58 DangerDog
 
Sort of reminds me of the crazyness of the Red Cross getting upset about the use of the "red cross"(tm) logo? on health kits.

 
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2. AU Ban Jul 9, 2008, 21:53 ldonyo
 
Shouldn't every game with potions, med-kits or other type of pharmacopoeia be banned, too? Potions are very much like the bottles of medicine available on store shelves worldwide. Med-kits contain stimulants and other chemicals to provide temporary relief from pain and fatigue, much like an energy drink or caffeine pill. I think there is a political angle to this, as this ruling is purely arbitrary when taken in context with the ratings of other games that are allowed in AU.  
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1. Fallout 3 Jul 9, 2008, 21:50 Tony!!!
 
You'd think the country that brought us Mad Mas would embrass this game. Well, maybe somebody will make a Crocidile Dundee type game.  
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