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The ACB's decision not to classify "Saints Row 4" marks the first time this has happened since the new R18+ rating was released

Australian gamers, if you were looking forward to "Saints Row 4" coming out later this summer, you may now have to wait a bit longer.

The Australian Classification Board (ACB) refused classification of "Saints Row 4," which means that it cannot be sold in Australia's retail stores (it's even illegal to own the title in certain parts of the country). According to the board, the new game has unnecessary sexual undertones and sends the wrong message about drug use. 

“In the Board’s opinion, Saints Row IV, includes interactive, visual depictions of implied sexual violence which are not justified by context," said ACB. “In addition, the game includes elements of illicit or proscribed drug use related to incentives or rewards. Such depictions are prohibited by the computer games guidelines.”

Volition, "Saints Row 4's" developer, said it will create a special version of the game just for Australia. This new version will cut out the sex and drug use, as part of the ACB's recommendations. 


"Saints Row 4" was due to be released on August 22 in Australia, but there's no word on when the new version will be complete and whether it'll still make that deadline. 

"Saints Row 4" is an action-adventure, open-world video game that takes place five years after "Saints Row: The Third." The Saints are kidnapped and placed in a virtual simulation after an alien invasion occurs, and the Zin Empire must be destroyed. 

In January of this year, new classification guidelines were released to include an R18+ category. This particular option means no one under 18 years of age can purchase the game. 

The ACB's decision not to classify "Saints Row 4" marks the first time this has happened since the new rating was released. 

While the new category means that racier content can pass with a classification for adults only, the ACB feels that this doesn't mean anything will pass

"Saints Row 4" will still be available in the U.S. on August 20 and in Europe on August 23. It will be released for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC (Windows). 

Source: The Guardian



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By an0n1m0us on 6/25/2013 2:34:21 PM , Rating: 0
Who are they? A board appointed by our democratically elected officials.

http://www.classification.gov.au/About/BoardMember...

Lesley O’Brien
Wide; Author; Mother; Frmr Snr Exec at the ABC; editor, writer and chief sub-editor in the publishing industry; Graduate degree (Economics)

Amanda Apel
Mother. Her working life has encompassed the fields of advertising, photography, business and sports administration, tourism and primary industry.

Zahid Gamieldien
Migrant from South Africa; Graduate degree (Arts, Law); Solicitor; Writer appearing in various professional, academic and community publications.

Moya Glasson (from Western Australia)
Graduate degree (Education); Teacher; interests include dance and AFL (Aus-Kick)

Marit Andersen
Wide; Mother of three; Graduate degree (Multicultural Journalism); journalist, executive producer, translator and subtitler with SBS radio and television; Migrant; Manages several basketball teams and serves on a basketball tribunal; volunteer at local primary school assisting with reading programs.

Tennille Burdon (from Tasmania)
Graduate degree (Arts); is completing a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology; 10 years experience as a Psychologist, including school psychology; taught ballet and contemporary dance since 1999.

Lance Butler (from Collingwood, Springvale in Melbourne)
Diplomas is Business Management and Human Resources; Team leader/trainer at Woolworths for 10 years; stable foreman for a racehorse trainer; 25 years working with the Collingwood Children's Farm.

Serena Jakob (from Adelaide)
Cultural Anthropology and Education background; works for Dept of Education and Children's Services on a program that offers urban secondary education opportunities to Aboriginal adolescents from remote communities; volunteer and committee member with the Southern Districts Junior Soccer Association; volunteer with the Adelaide Film Festival; has worked with the UK-based interactive digital artists, Blast Theory.

So that's who they are. Who are you? Do you think you can possibly match that level of diversity when coming to your own decisions about what media you engage with? If you really feel that you can and that you want to share this ability with others, by all means apply for the board, question:

http://www.classification.gov.au/Guidelines/Pages/...

it's decisions:

http://www.classification.gov.au/About/Pages/Revie...

But most importantly, wake up to the reality that you live in a society. That society has, and always will have, rules/laws/regulations/guidelines to attempt to make everybody's life better. Democracy is about the right to have your say and influence or change things. Democracy is not anarchy where you can think, do and act however you personally feel like it without caring about the consequences.


By mmnno on 6/25/2013 3:14:16 PM , Rating: 2
You can't even think whatever you want anymore? Damn, life in Australia really is hardcore.


By Reclaimer77 on 6/25/2013 4:10:23 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Democracy is not anarchy where you can think, do and act however you personally feel like it without caring about the consequences.


Yup wanting to play a certain video game makes one an Anarchist, clearly...

You are severely lowering my opinion of the common Australian. You sound like a European Socialist!


By jRaskell on 6/25/2013 4:29:38 PM , Rating: 3
quote:
Do you think you can possibly match that level of diversity when coming to your own decisions about what media you engage with ?


I don't need diversity when deciding what media I want to engage with. What I NEED, is the freedom to engage with whatever media I so choose to engage with. I'm not so arrogant as to believe I should be telling others how to live their lives.

What I don't need is a bunch of politicians whose lives have absolutely nothing in common with mine telling me how to live my life.

The unfortunate truth though, is the majority of the world just doesn't want the responsibility of living their own life. They're perfectly happy with the false sense of security they get from big brother controlling it for them.


By BifurcatedBoat on 6/25/2013 5:28:01 PM , Rating: 2
Absolute freedom is having the ability to do absolutely anything you want. Only one person/entity in the world would be able to have absolute freedom, so that is not a realistic/attainable goal.

Civil freedom on the other hand is having the ability to do what you want as long as it would not infringe on the freedom of someone else in a greater way. That is a worthy goal to work toward. You should be able to do whatever you want as long as it doesn't cause direct harm to others.


By StevoLincolnite on 6/25/2013 7:55:20 PM , Rating: 1
quote:
Democracy is about the right to have your say and influence or change things. Democracy is not anarchy where you can think, do and act however you personally feel like it without caring about the consequences.


Nope.
As a free country we are entitled to the 5 fundamental freedoms.
I.E.
Freedom of speech. - When I met John Howard years ago, I called him a wanker.

Freedom of association. - I.E. Free to join any organisation or group, provided the organization doesn't break any law and is thus legal.

Freedom of assembly. - We are free to meet with other people in public or private places, there is no limit to the amount of people or the reason, provided it falls under the law. (I.E. We can protest or have a Party etc')

Freedom of religion. - Although Australia has no state religion, people are free to worship whatever deity they want.

Freedom of movement. - We can move freely to and from all states and territories and leave/enter Australia whenever we want.

http://www.immi.gov.au/living-in-australia/choose-...


By Digimonkey on 6/26/2013 8:45:34 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
So that's who they are. Who are you? Do you think you can possibly match that level of diversity when coming to your own decisions about what media you engage with?


Yeah, because I know myself better than anyone could possibly know me. I think that pretty much goes for any mentally healthy adult here. The whole concept of follow what these people say because they know best is such a dangerous thing, far more dangerous than any video game.

Also if you're not allowed to think what you want, how is that democracy? You seem really misled, or trying to mislead.


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