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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 MZperX on 6/26/2013 12:24:11 PM , Rating: 2
I have no idea why you got downvoted. The irrational fear of firearms (hoplophobia) displayed by supposedly educated adults is bordering on insanity. It is a sign of immaturity and is basically a projection of distrust in their own ability to responsibly handle firearms onto the rest of society. Subconsciously these people feel that "Since I don't think I can be trusted with a firearm, no one can be." Then they take this one step further and use irrational fear to justify draconian censorship of even images of firearms or anything related to them. It’s embarrassing.

Gun control kills, every time. And censorship is tyranny.

RE: Umm...
By Mint on 6/27/2013 8:49:37 PM , Rating: 2
It is a sign of immaturity and is basically a projection of distrust in their own ability to responsibly handle firearms onto the rest of society.
Umm, what? Since when do we trust everyone to be responsible? I suppose we should get rid of age limits for purchasing alcohol and cigarettes? Let's get rid of licenses and mandatory insurance for driving too, because hey, what's the worst that can happen since everyone is responsible?

RE: Umm...
By MZperX on 7/23/2013 1:12:49 PM , Rating: 2
I just saw this, so let me get it straight. It sounds like you are making the argument that since there are age limits on alcohol purchases and cigarettes, any depiction of smoking or drinking should be censored in movies and video games. Also, since privilege of driving is regulated by age limits and other restrictions, video games and movies with any content that has to do with cars or driving need to be censored. That about covers it, right?

I'm saying because the original article and the comments dealt with censoring gun related content which apparently you feel is okay since gun ownership and use has limitations (such as age and criminal or mental health background).

Are you aware this argument makes you sound like a lunatic? My point was that none of these activities or their movie or video game depiction should be censored. At all. And that guns are only being singled out because there is an epidemic of crazy people who suffer from a condition known as irrational fear of inanimate objects.

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