Fallout 3 Australia ban reasoning discovered

By Justin Mann on July 10, 2008, 6:04 PM
More information regarding the Fallout 3 ban in Australia has come forward. While originally the exact reasoning behind classification refusal (which bars sales in Australia) was unclear, new details have emerged that point the finger at in-game drug use as the real reason.

Apparently, wanton murder and destruction is within the realm of acceptable gameplay for the OFLC, but drug abuse is not. Anyone who has played the Fallout series in the past knows that use of chems (drugs) in the game was quite common, amongst both the players and NPCs, and was in some cases an actual part of the plot. According to the OFLC, the “real-world” nature of the drugs in the game make them unacceptable.

Bethesda's answer may be to produce a censored version of the game to sell in Australia that meets local standards.




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nirkon said:
So take out the player's drug use.. big deal, in my opinion.. thats not what thegame is about.Though censorship is a pain in the ass by itself.
Julio said:
Censoring or changing parts of the game to make it more passable to authorities, it has been done before.
BMfan said:
NO don't take out the drug use because after the character use's i feel so good aswell,see u guy's later i just played GTA4 and need to go drinking.:)
fullmetalvegan said:
[b]Originally posted by nirkon:[/b][quote]So take out the player's drug use.. big deal, in my opinion.. thats not what thegame is about.Though censorship is a pain in the ass by itself.[/quote]Ehh yeah but that's bullcrap, takes away from the experience and it'll probably restrict some of the medical chems you can use in it as well. I reckon if they make a censored version, someone will just releqase a patch that returns it to the original version anyway. =PIf not, I've already pre-ordered my copy so it'll just sit unopened gathering dust and I'll just be downloading the non-AU version, and we can blame my crap censor board for any increased piracy for those that don't buy the game. >=|
otester said:
This is why I'd never to move Australia, they want to censor everything.
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