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Post by Dan @ 09:58am 12/07/13 | 11 Comments
Undead Labs' zombie shooter has now been legalised in Australia, after a revised version of the recently refused classification title was designated an R18+ rating by the Australian Classification Board (thanks VG247).

The only expected change to the game is a very superficial one, reportedly renaming the game's healing powerups from Morphine, to Med-X, with the game's developers describing the move as "Stimulants out! "Supplements" in! Who could possibly not like vitamins? They're good for you".

The ACB verdict now lists drug use as only a "Moderate Impact" in the game, with the only "high impact" check mark remaining in violence column.

The currently Xbox 360-exclusive game has yet to appear on the Australian Marketplace, but you can read our in-depth review here. A PC version of State of Decay is still in development.

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Posted 11:52am 12/7/13
The game will probably rock up late Tuesday night/early Wednesday morning. That is when the game market place usually updates.
Posted 11:53am 12/7/13
Thats rather ridiculous really, that merely changing the name of a powerup is enough to classify it differently
Posted 08:02pm 12/7/13
Agreed, Khel.

It's made even more absurd by the fact that the only thing you were using those "illicit drugs" for was the intended f*****g use of them (ie - healing / painkilling).

It's not like they were something that gave +50 stamina for morphine or anything, it was just "pop ibuprofen, gain health back. Pop morphine, gain a lot of health back".
Posted 04:40am 13/7/13
What a waste of time these people are.
Posted 03:35pm 13/7/13
Didnt that happen with Fallout 3 though? I really dont see the big deal. IMO real world drugs should have fake in game names as people are already f*****g confused enough when it comes to taking meds.

As for morphine, "is a potent opiate analgesic drug that is used to relieve severe pain" (wikipedia), not a health regen drug so the in game effects are incorrect.

Decay's in-game medications included methadone, morphine, amphetamines, stimulants, acetaminophen, ibuprofen, codeine, aspirin, "trucker pills", painkillers, and tussin.

Thats quite a pile there.

Dont get me wrong, im not on the side of the classification board but f*****g about with real world drugs in a game could cause issues i think.
Posted 03:40pm 13/7/13
Get f***ed davo, people need to take responsibility for themselves. There is (imo obviously) no reasonable objection to drugs having real-world names in games restricted to adult-only use.

If you're a grown up and you're stupid enough to abuse drugs because you saw it in a f*****g video game then natural selection is coming to get you one way or another.
Posted 03:49pm 13/7/13
I agree that people need to take responsibility for themselves but that is often not the case.

If you're a grown up and you're stupid enough to abuse drugs because you saw it in a f*****g video game

Thats exactly what i was thinking about. And while it is probably unlikely and obviously the individual's fault, the repercussions i imagine would be pretty bad for the industry, game devs etc.

I just dont see why having the IRL name of the drug is so important in game. If the game devs had skipped straight to fake drug names i doubt anybody would have cared so to me it seems people have more of an issue with the censorship that is going on, not the actual cause of the censorship.
Posted 03:58pm 13/7/13
So what if its not often the case? The rest of us are treated like children in our own homes by a paternalistic government regulator?

Why is it OK to have a sandbox game where you can commit cold blooded murder of innocents and go on a bloody rampage in the streets (I always get sidetracked like this in GTA hahah), but f*** no, you can't have real names for drugs? Why are games special and have repercussions, but drug use in film is fine? Breaking Bad is MA15+, but real named drugs in games = RC?

Its 100% bulls***.
Posted 10:23pm 13/7/13
Yeah, it is bulls***.

I think there are a few differences between say tv/movies and video games but if drugs are OK in one then i dont see why they arent OK in the other given same classification.
Posted 12:18am 14/7/13
The rest of us are treated like children in our own homes by a paternalistic government regulator?


It just seems dumb, how dare you bring the patriarchy into this!
Posted 08:46pm 25/12/13
I'm thinking of buying this game on steam.

Is the drug renaming issue the only modified content (kind of retarded decision, really, but hey that's our classification system for ya.) or has there been other changes, too?

Otherwise, if it's had the L4D2 treatment, I will pass on it.

By the way, just to add further discredit to the OFLC, Bethesda's 'Fallout 3' featured morphine and that was altered for the sake of getting released in Australia. Yeah, I'm sure you knew that already, right? Then of course, for comparison sake, the earlier Bethesda published 'Call of Cthulhu - Dark Corners of the Earth' was released here on both PC and XBOX. It also featured morphine use and that title got passed the censor's desk without a single eyebrow being raised.

Now THAT'S blind bureaucracy for ya. lol.
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