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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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RE: Umm...
By ven1ger on 6/25/2013 3:25:33 PM , Rating: 3
What you're saying sounds good, but trouble is that when others start deciding upon the morals for society as a whole then I think we begin to go down a slippery slope.

If the R+18 designation was supposed to be 18+ and older to buy, why then make up new rules to limit even that. What other rules are we going to start applying? Ban anything to do with prostitution, ban anything to do with what anyone has issues with, religion, sex, guns, drugs, war, etc. What's next, start banning any of games that teens can buy that's has any sort of hints at what you're attempting to censor? This is removing the ability of even the parents to make conscious decisions for game purchases for their children.

So what if it is interactive, the majority of gamers can usually differentiate between reality and fantasy, yes, I know that there are some that it blends and they live in their own world, but those are extreme cases and should receive therapy or be locked up. But to have this sort of censorship to determine the morality of the society is it truly representative of the people? The power of this small body of people to determine the morales for a society kind of astounds me and worries me, but I'm not Australian so, that's Australia problem.

Just think maybe Australia may want to enact rules to limit giving out driver's licenses until you get a mental examination to determine if you're mentally fit to drive a car because that is a dangerous weapon itself, though I kind of wonder if we shouldn't be doing that sometimes, but like I said it becomes a slippery slope as to what is next and where do you stop.

Before making laws/rules, society has to determine if said actions will make the country better or do more harm. I can't see censorship in this sort of draconian fashion being helpful to the society because it removes the ability of others making decisions for themselves and others imposing their morale decisions upon the majority.

RE: Umm...
By Motoman on 6/25/2013 3:28:25 PM , Rating: 4
Censorship: making grown men live on skim milk, because the baby can't have steak.

RE: Umm...
By Joz on 6/25/2013 3:54:29 PM , Rating: 2
I'm a grown man, and I hate 1%, 2% and whole milk. nasty stuff.

But I see your point about video games/media.

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