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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 Mint on 6/26/2013 10:35:04 AM , Rating: 2
Logic tells me if the Australian people didn't want guns, the Government wouldn't have had to force over 600,000 guns to be surrendered from it's citizens
You call that logic? He said "as a whole" Australia doesn't want guns, i.e. the vast majority. He didn't say 99.9% of them don't. Gun fans generally have more than one, so it's very likely that 600,000 figure represents only 200,000 people, or less than 1% of their population.

Use some critical thought before aimlessly citing numbers without context.

Like I said, gun control just impacts law abiding citizens. Criminals don't care.
The point of gun control is to reduce the circulation and production of guns in the long haul, making it harder for at least a good fraction of criminals to get a gun (obviously you can't stop all or even most). You should also see effects like robbers being unarmed if they expect most households to be gun free (if they get caught with a gun then sentences are way more severe), whereas in the US their mentality is shoot-or-be-shot.

Having said that, I don't think second amendment proponents are unreasonable in the US. There are so many guns in the US that gun control would be an exercise in futility. It'd take 20+ years to start seeing any of the benefits I mentioned above. The homeowner in my example above also faces the same shoot-or-be-shot dilemma, so I see their point.

So yes, you're right that circumstances matter, and the US is pretty much a hopeless case.

Still, things like the "stand your ground" law are scary. If Zimmerman walks, then anyone can kill whomever they want as long as they bang their head on something to show there was a struggle. That'd be an awful precedent, especially for minorities that get targeted for whatever reason.

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