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Post by Eorl @ 04:25pm 26/06/13 | 28 Comments
Following on from the recent news that Volition's open-world title Saints Row 4 had been refused classification in Australia, the Classification Board has handed down a second RC rating, this time for Undead Labs' State of Decay.

According to a recent post by executive producer Jeff Strain on their official forums, “we’ve run afoul of certain prohibitions regarding the depiction of drug use.". “We’re working with Microsoft to come up with options, including changing names of certain medications in the game to comply with ratings requirements. Whatever our path forward, it’s going to take a bit.”

Microsoft has revealed an official statement (thanks regarding the title's recent circumstances;
“Today, State of Decay was given a Refused Classification (RC) rating by the Australian Classification Board,” said Microsoft, in a statement sent to Kotaku, “meaning that the game cannot be made available to Australian customers at this time. Microsoft is currently evaluating the options with regards to the title’s classification.

“Microsoft operates within the legal requirements of the Australian Classification Board when it comes to the rating of all its first party gaming titles and agrees that not all content is suitable for all audiences. The Australian Classification system plays an important role in ensuring that Australians can only access age appropriate games and content.”
The official report from the Classification Board (via Kotaku) has been revealed, showing that the game has been given the Refused Classification due to the "option of self-administering a variety of “medications” throughout gameplay which act to restore a player’s health or boost their stamina." A number of the drugs available to the player include codeine, aspirin, “trucker pills”, painkillers and tussin. Of those listed in the statement, methadone, morphine, and amphetamines are proscribed drugs and the term “stimulant” is commonly used to refer to a class of drugs of which several are proscribed.

Obviously games before State of Decay have utilised drugs as stimulants (see: Left 4 Dead 2 or Fallout 3) however it seems that the Board's decision is due to the game being difficult to complete without using the drugs.

australian classification boardstate of decayrefused classificationr18+
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Posted 04:41pm 26/6/13
Posted 05:01pm 26/6/13
I am a legal adult and what is Drugs?

Sometimes I'm thankful the only way I could learn about drugs is in video games and not in society or news.

Thanks Government!
Posted 05:18pm 26/6/13
fingers crossed for GTA V
Posted 05:25pm 26/6/13
lol There is no way GTA V is going to get thru this. Bans for an alien anal probe and now drug use? ... Australia is going to get f***ed on. EB will close and dodgy imports begin.
Posted 05:28pm 26/6/13
Wasnt the new rating bulls*** suposed to judge games along tue same lines as movies. F*** it if games get banned for this stupid s*** so should movies then perhaps more people will realise just how f*****g dumb this crap is.
Posted 05:29pm 26/6/13
Drugs are bad Good decision. saved the kids again.
Posted 05:30pm 26/6/13
Wasnt the new rating bulls*** suposed to judge games along tue same lines as movies. F*** it if games get banned for this stupid s*** so should movies then perhaps more people will realise just how f*****g dumb this crap is.

We should ban news too, it's always rape and drugs. Matter of fact, we should ban people communicating.. It's the best way to protect the innocent.
Posted 05:36pm 26/6/13
Phew that was lucky, was scared my children were going to turn into raging crackwhores. You have saved them again, well done classification board I am forever in your debt!!!
Posted 05:46pm 26/6/13
what about the R18 rating we just got . this is bulls***!
Posted 06:33pm 26/6/13
Called it way before the R18+ was introduced. The guidelines for refusing classification were never going to change
Posted 06:38pm 26/6/13
refused because of the depiction of drug use....have they been to oh i dont know almost anywhere in aus lately....anyway how the f*** did max payne 3 get through...same s***
Posted 06:42pm 26/6/13
They can just do a Fallout 3 and just rename the drugs to 'medications'. That will be enough to see it get through

Bit worried for GTAV now
Posted 06:43pm 26/6/13
An enormous number of movies which are rated MA show drug use. Why cant a game be rated R18 and show it??

Our nanny state government needs a kick in the c***.
Posted 06:50pm 26/6/13
Question. Has anyone in this thread sent a letter to the review board or your MP about this issue?
Posted 07:57pm 26/6/13
Well, looks like my lingering unease on the R18+ rating has been justified yet again...

The f***ed up thing is it's not even glorifying drugs. It's s*** like "Oh, I'm injured, I need to take medication to gain health" *pops painkillers / morphine / ibuprofen / a few other various types of painkillers*


F*** this country sometimes...
Posted 08:00pm 26/6/13
What a load of s***.
Posted 09:17pm 26/6/13
I have no interest in this game but this is stupid.
Posted 09:19pm 26/6/13
Really? the game has illicit drugs use? What... so it comes with some crack and a pipe?

Oh you mean depictions of drug use.... totally the same thing
Posted 09:20pm 26/6/13
So what are they saying, adults that play this game will suddenly turn into drug junkies? I don't get it. Seems ridiculous to me.
Posted 09:49pm 26/6/13
yeah we're all going to become drug addicts just like how we all became mass murderers.
Posted 10:12pm 26/6/13
Thermite, it doesn't even depict anything. Dude literally just chugs back a thing of generic looking pills that could be anything.

It's standard "use painkillers to regain health" type animations. It's not like he gets out a needle or anything.
Posted 10:17pm 26/6/13
lol nothing changed.
Posted 10:41pm 26/6/13
This is f*****g moronic. I'm sick to death of these old ducks running this f*****g thing.
I didn't plan to play the game at all, but this is a joke.
I don't understand why they're treating adults like children.
Posted 02:56am 27/6/13
Ryan, they all think that like 5 people over 18 play games and the rest are all 15 or younger.

We're suffering from the whole "gaming is a thing for kids" ordeal, despite the fact that the average age of a gamer is like 35 or something.
Posted 03:00am 27/6/13
I went to xbox live, changed my region, put 1600 ms points on my new account via paypal, and Have now played and loved this game, many times. OH, and I am from Sydney AUSTRALIA. IF them monkies on the board let FAR CRY 3 through, which has more drugs use than a columbian house party, HOW THIS game did not get through blows my mind.
Posted 09:06am 27/6/13
The game is janky as hell. Its quite easy to get it if you really want it via a US account. I'd recommend getting the demo first though, as I had no inclination to buy it after playing that

Im just more worried that games like this are still being RC'd and it paints a grim picture for the future with big titles such as GTA5 on the horizon and the release of the new consoles.
Posted 03:01pm 27/6/13
Parking inspectors, motorcycle police, classifications board members... what kind of person enters these forms of employment?
Posted 03:37pm 27/6/13
This is a great game i purchased using a US Xbox live account.

It also introduced me to the wonderful world of painkillers, thanks to this game I enjoy the added daily perks of a shot of morphine.
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