State of Decay Also RC in Oz - SR4 Explanation

A post on the Undead Labs forums have word that State of Decay is being refused classification by the Australian ratings board, following shortly after news that Saints Row IV was refused classification under the country's rating system, which was recently revised to include an adult R18+ rating. As a result, while the games will be legal to own in Australia, they cannot be publicly sold there. The post explains: "We've run afoul of certain prohibitions regarding the depiction of drug use. We're working with Microsoft to come up with options, including changing names of certain medications in the game to comply with ratings requirements. Whatever our path forward, it's going to take a bit." Thanks Player Attack, where, on a related note, they have a follow-up on the Saints Row IV situation, saying the problem with the game is the inclusion of an "alien anal probe." In spite of this being implied and blurred, apparently there's a fear of copycat crimes once alien anal probes are actually invented.
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Jun 27, 2013, 02:58
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jdreyer wrote on Jun 26, 2013, 19:30:
I've heard good things about SoD. I hope it comes out on PC.

And yeah, it's strange that it's been denied. The Aussies have made some films full of violence and drugs, much worse than these games, like The Loved Ones and Animal Kingdom.

Yes... please come out for PC!!
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Jun 26, 2013, 19:30
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Jun 26, 2013, 19:30
 
I've heard good things about SoD. I hope it comes out on PC.

And yeah, it's strange that it's been denied. The Aussies have made some films full of violence and drugs, much worse than these games, like The Loved Ones and Animal Kingdom.
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Jun 26, 2013, 17:45
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Jun 26, 2013, 17:45
 
The problem, much like Fallout New Vegas, will be the inclusion of actual real world drugs...

Call it "painkillers", approved. Call it "morpheine", denied...

It's not a huge drama to work around the prohibition. If you cannot legally obtain a copy using VPN etc, at some point a pirate will make it available. I don't advocate piracy, but since you'd be banned from purchasing it legally it's questionable as to whether an Australian pirating a copy actually results in a lost sale... =\

However, both these titles show up the R18+ rating in Oz to be a complete red herring. It was added as a way to stop games being rated as MA15+ when they weren't offensive enough to be considered RC (refused classification) under the law. Add an 18+ standard and shuffle a number of games up from 15+ to prevent them from damaging "teh children" (deliberate misspelling).
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Jun 26, 2013, 15:34
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State of Decay is pretty tame compared to the SR series. The only thing that really comes to mind is the kill moves vs zombies, I think sometimes heads and arms pop off, but that also happened in Skyrim and I'm pretty sure that game wasn't banned in Australia.

I find it ironic that the country responsible for awesome ozploitation films like Mad Max now has an issue with games that aren't all rainbows and unicorn farts. The real problem with this decision is because SoD is a digital download there will be NO way for Australians to get their hands on it.

On a slightly off-topic note, I can't friggin' wait for SoD on PC with CoOp...
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Jun 26, 2013, 10:27
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I'm an Australian who hasn't been keeping up with ALL of the news concerning ratings and games but the comment "while the games will be legal to own in Australia, they cannot be publicly sold there" caught my attention.

It has never affected me. Nonetheless, I vented a sigh of relief when the rating was finally approved. I feel I'm finally beginning to understand the frustration some people have for the ESRB.
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Jun 26, 2013, 09:29
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As an Ozmodan, now living in the US, all I can say is...

THANK FUCK I got out of the country when I did!
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Jun 26, 2013, 09:23
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OMFG, I wonder what Ozmodan is going to say about this. It should be hilarious.
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apparently there's a fear of copycat crimes, once Alien Anal Probes are actually invented.

heh

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