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Post by Dan @ 10:14am 26/06/13 | 25 Comments
Following yesterday's news that upcoming open world action game Saints Row IV had become the first game to be refused classification under Australia's new classification guidelines, the Classification Board has now handed down their official report on the specific reasons for the decision (thanks Kotaku):
The game includes a weapon referred to by the Applicant as an “Alien Anal Probe”. The Applicant states that this weapon can be “shoved into enemy’s backsides”. The lower half of the weapon resembles a sword hilt and the upper part contains prong-like appendages which circle around what appears to be a large dildo which runs down the centre of the weapon. When using this weapon the player approaches a (clothed) victim from behind and thrusts the weapon between the victim’s legs and then lifts them off the ground before pulling a trigger which launches the victim into the air.

After the probe has been implicitly inserted into the victim’s anus the area around their buttocks becomes pixelated highlighting that the aim of the weapon is to penetrate the victim’s anus. The weapon can be used during gameplay on enemy characters or civilians. In the Board’s opinion, a weapon designed to penetrate the anus of enemy characters and civilians constitutes a visual depiction of implied sexual violence that is interactive and not justified by context and as such the game should be Refused Classification.
Performance enhancing drug use also played a role in the RC decision:
The game contains an optional mission which involves the player obtaining and smoking drugs referred to as “alien narcotics”. Smoking the “alien narcotics” equips the player with “superpowers” which increase their in-game abilities allowing them to progress through the mission more easily.
Pubisher Deep Silver has already indicated that developer Volition will be "reworking some of the code to create a version of the game for this territory by removing the content which could cause offence without reducing the outlandish gameplay that Saints Row fans know and love".

Saints Row IV was due for release in Australia on August 22 2013 on PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360. It is not yet known whether this matter will affect that target, or the game's planned appearance at the PAX Aus 2013 expo in Melbourne next month.



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Hogfather
Posted 10:21am 26/6/13
On the one hand that s*** sounds awesome.

On the other hand, its clearly in violation of the Act as it is currently written, and hopefully are relatively minor portions of the game to cut out.

Still sucks. Probe thing sounded hilarious.
Mosfx
Posted 10:25am 26/6/13
So all the other forms of violence in this game is acceptable, just no to the rocket launching dildo probe and a little bit of alien weed.
Herron
Posted 10:28am 26/6/13
On the one hand that s*** sounds awesome.


Running around the street jamming your gun up someone's arse and then shooting one off sounds awesome? oO
deadlyf
Posted 10:31am 26/6/13
Performance enhancing drug use also played a role in the RC decision:
Wonder if they are going to RC AFL, NRL, Horse Racing, Cycling, Synchronized Pogo Dancing or any of the other sports that have a lot of performance enhancing drug issues.

The NRL isn't even rated M but you can watch the horse steroid addled captain of the NSW assault people on the field on national TV, you can't however, play a side mission in a game restricted to adults that includes make believe drugs from outer space because it might lead to impressionable adults emulating their non-real video game heroes.
Hogfather
Posted 10:32am 26/6/13
Running around the street jamming your gun up someone's arse and then shooting one off sounds awesome? oO

Sounds hilarious ... but then I'm a little warped I guess.
Herron
Posted 10:43am 26/6/13
You can't however, play a side mission in a game restricted to adults that includes make believe drugs from outer space because it might lead to impressionable adults emulating their non-real video game heroes.


What's funny is that Australian sport and 'celebrity' is being over run by make believe drugs with the sole purpose of making impressionable adults emulate their heroes and idols. I'm sure it's only a matter of time before Swisse has their Alien range on the market.
Tanaka Khan
Posted 10:46am 26/6/13
Check your release date Dan, you have it down for 2012
FraktuRe
Posted 11:05am 26/6/13
I thought they only had problems with depictions of real drugs, not fictional drugs?

A potion is just a fictional drug that enhances abilities? So why isn't every RPG banned?

The Alien Dildo Rocket does seem pretty over the top though, lulz.
Dazhel
Posted 11:06am 26/6/13
Great news, my purple dildo chainsaw hooker slash fest is still a go. :D

Also, Jet, Buffout, and Psycho are all ok but alien drugs are bad? (mmkay)
WirlWind
Posted 11:13am 26/6/13
How the F*** IS THIS NOT IN CONTEXT!? YOU'VE BEEN KIDNAPPED BY F*****G ALIENS!

Alien anal probe? Oh, that's just gratuitous and has nothing to with being abducted by aliens, right?

Sounds more like they're just upset over the fact that it's going up the arse of people and they don't like sodomy because it's "icky"
eski
Posted 11:24am 26/6/13
Was that Postal game where you could stick cats on the end of a shotgun ever released here?

edit: apparently I can use google. A: Banned, at least TCB is consistent.
DeadlyDav0
Posted 11:36am 26/6/13
Yeah postal 2 was banned which is the one you are talking about i think eski. You can now get it on steam i think though.

I wouldnt be surprised if all these crazy weapons n s*** is an easy way for the game to get press exposure. Just like CoD with their shock scenes.
Phandaal
Posted 12:04pm 26/6/13
I guess it's time for all the people complaining about how watered down the R18+ ranting was to give us a big fat "I told you so"....
BladeRunner
Posted 12:59pm 26/6/13
I just pre-ordered my copy at GMG with the 20% off code.
Hogfather
Posted 01:01pm 26/6/13
I guess it's time for all the people complaining about how watered down the R18+ ranting was to give us a big fat "I told you so"....

You missed the other thread I see.
Bah
Posted 01:50pm 26/6/13
How the F*** IS THIS NOT IN CONTEXT!? YOU'VE BEEN KIDNAPPED BY F*****G ALIENS!
So if for example your characters name was Analrapist then something like this should be fine? Because you know in the context of your character, raping enemies anally is perfectly fine.
Deviouz
Posted 04:08pm 26/6/13
State of Decay Refused Classification in Australia!!! game number 2, will GTA V be next?
ThunderBunny
Posted 05:44pm 26/6/13
The whole idea of an R18+ classification is to allow adults to decide whether or not they give a rats arse about whats "in context" or not. Who the f*** do these clowns think they are? But as others have suggested, who didnt see it coming. These laws are infuriating!
Enska
Posted 10:58pm 26/6/13
oh noes, after they introduced the R18+ rating i somehow forgot how to import whatever game I wanted..


That our government/classification board thinks we aren't privy to that kind of knowledge actually irks me more than whether or not R18 is an effective system.
hast2
Posted 05:38am 27/6/13
i support this decision. someone needs to stand up to the hateful misogyny in this country. one of our greatest prime ministers was just removed by her own party because of the misogynist hate media. banning these games which encourage violence against women is the first step in addressing the misogynist culture in this country.
Khel
Posted 08:30am 27/6/13
Doesn't sound like violence against women, more like violence against anuses.
SwissCM
Posted 08:46am 27/6/13
i support this decision. someone needs to stand up to the hateful misogyny in this country. one of our greatest prime ministers was just removed by her own party because of the misogynist hate media. banning these games which encourage violence against women is the first step in addressing the misogynist culture in this country.


The exact same argument is always made against violent video games and it makes just as much sense there; none. If you want someone to "stand up" to media you find offensive, then you do it buy not buying it.

The first step in addressing misogyny is good parenting and public education programs, not censorship.
Mephz
Posted 05:30pm 27/6/13
I don't buy that you actually thought hast was serious SwissCM.
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BladeRunner
Posted 06:41pm 27/6/13
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BladeRunner
Posted 09:50pm 30/6/13
Walkthrough of some of the stuff in SR4.

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