Report: Fallout 3 Un-banned for Australia following Drug Edits

August 4, 2008 -

GamerChip is reporting that the Australian government's ban on Fallout 3 has been lifted following edits to the game for the Australian market.

The site bases their story on information from a pair of game retailers:

...according to EB Games and GAME representatives, Australia will be receiving the game, albeit in a modified format. The new, friendlier version, will have the drug use removed that saw the game banned in the first place. Both EB Games and GAME are currently taking pre-orders for the title. One representative from GAME, contacted this Thursday night... said that he had read on their internal communications only an hour before that Fallout 3 would be released this year.
 

We note, however, that Australia's official censorship body, the Office of Film and Literature Classification, continues to list Fallout 3 as "refused classification" (i.e., banned).

Readers may recall that Australian gamers received a watered-down version of Grand Theft Auto IV after the game's hooker animations were removed to satisfy the OFLC.


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Re: Report: Fallout 3 Un-banned for Australia following Drug

Gallagher can araç kiralama say all he wants, but I strongly rent a car believe it's due to his crappy leadership and E3 being a joke. ESA's Board of Directors need to find a way to get out rent a car of this horrid contract with this Bush cronie before there's no one left on the Board.

Btw, I think Atari and Midway will drop out too, but mostly travesti because  these guys have done nothing ttnet vitamin or little and need to start saving costs.

 

Re: Report: Fallout 3 Un-banned for Australia following Drug

@ J03_M4M4

 

It isn't Australia's fault, it's the shitty goverment we have!

We are just as pissed off as you!

Come on guys, we have to protest instead of bitching on the net. Get out there, protest, picket, start petitions. Fight for your rights.

 

Re: Report: Fallout 3 Un-banned for Australia following Drug

anyways guys, its 99% likely that a patch to "unlock" the censored stuff will be made within few weeks. its done easily

Re: Report: Fallout 3 Un-banned for Australia following Drug

i just preorded Fallout 3 today at EB games, and i was told that the drug use will not be banned, only the names of the drugs. some crap about Aus not liking drug names in the game being the same as "real world" drugs. maybe this is incorrect, i dunno...

Re: Report: Fallout 3 Un-banned for Australia following Drug


Great We in New Zealand are going to get the same stupid watered down version of the game all because  of the stupid Australian government

Thanks alot Australia

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Re: Report: Fallout 3 Un-banned for Australia following Drug

Is there a possibility of a patch for the PC version to make it similar to the unedited version?

Re: Report: Fallout 3 Un-banned for Australia following Drug

Umm...okay, this is probably gonna piss off the Australians, but...maybe foreign developers should refuse to release games in Australia altogether until their government stops with all this crap. Actually, that probably wouldn't work, but I'll go ahead and throw the idea out their.

 

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Re: Report: Fallout 3 Un-banned for Australia following Drug

I'm guessing the anti-gaming crowd there would claim some kind of moral victory if that happened, they're just that stupid.

Re: Report: Fallout 3 Un-banned for Australia following Drug

wait....so stimpack is now morphine?

whynot have 2 or 3 diffrent stimp packs with unqine names into of going the lazy realsiim route.....

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Re: Report: Fallout 3 Un-banned for Australia following Drug

Assuming I'm reading that question of yours right; the problem with the drugs was there use not name.

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Re: Report: Fallout 3 Un-banned for Australia following Drug

I believe the problem has always been that its "promoting" the use of a real world drug. I've been saying this since the beginning, why the hell did Bethedsa change it from stimpack to a real drug int he first place, they could've avoided this whole thing by simply leaving the name of it the same as in the first 2 games.

If I remember correctly some Aus. Polititican or something (forgot who it was completely) said something like this, "If people use morphine in the game with positive effects then they will want to go out and find morphine and use it irl."

 

Re: Report: Fallout 3 Un-banned for Australia following Drug

So I should want to smoke/drink if my health or eve goes down in RL? Wow! Thanks Aus. Politician! I want to smoke now!

Re: Report: Fallout 3 Un-banned for Australia following Drug

ya I knew beth was chaing alot but I didnt recall any drug name changesaltho from this post says that IGN says that theyare changing the drug names to be unbanned.

confuseing FTW!

I checked the wiki andit backs up what you say its the visaul use thats the problem.

stil if its ture theya re changing names it makes my post all the more funny.

"So stimpacks are happy packs and mentos are brain busters now?
moralists accompanising nothing at the aggervation of all!"

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Goddamnit...

Screw you Australia, we better not end up with your crappy watered down version over here in NZ!

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Re: Goddamnit...

The NZ Censors didn't announce a  ban on the game so I'll assume you guys will have the original version.

Re: Goddamnit...

Yeah, but our censors also approved the uncensored GTAIV. We still got the censored version thanks to the logistics of distribution.

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Re: Goddamnit...

well its own damn fault for having to feed off another country, maybe you should come up with your own damn rules rather than feeding off another country for EVERYTHING.

Re: Report: Fallout 3 Un-banned for Australia following Drug

It hasn't actually been unbanned yet Bethseda has just submitted a new edited version of the game to the OFLC and it'll should take about a week to see their decision.

http://games.internode.on.net/content.php?mode=news&id=3546

What they changed? We dunno but in about a week we should find out if the OFLC find it acceptable.

Re: Report: Fallout 3 Un-banned for Australia following Drug

Thats an import version for me it seems. Sad thing is, importing it is the cheaper option too.

Re: Report: Fallout 3 Un-banned for Australia following Drug

So you cant heal yourself at all now??? Did they take out the drug???

Re: Report: Fallout 3 Un-banned for Australia following Drug

Yeah, I wonder how the character is going to heal itself now?

Re: Report: Fallout 3 Un-banned for Australia following Drug

 I don't know why these government officials are so much more concerned with drug use than death and gore. All of it should be fair game in entertainment, but it just confuses me where some these group's attention is. It's okay for Call of Duty 2 to have a teen rating in which you gun down enemy combatants by the hundreds throughout the game but Beer Pong has to have a AO rating because alcohol is SO bad. I just find it strange.

Re: Report: Fallout 3 Un-banned for Australia following Drug

It's silly that this even has to happen at all, and is no different than the removal of children from the first two Fallout games...and it was just as stupid then as it is now.

Anyone remember that? They removed the graphics for the children NPCs in Fallout 1/2, but the children NPCs were still "there" only now they were invisible. Which actually ruined part of the game in Fallout 2... people had to download the US hack to be able to see children.

 

Re: Report: Fallout 3 Un-banned for Australia following Drug

/quote/

Anyone remember that? They removed the graphics for the children NPCs in Fallout 1/2, but the children NPCs were still "there" only now they were invisible. Which actually ruined part of the game in Fallout 2... people had to download the US hack to be able to see children.

/quote/

And one of the karma "perks" you could get was childkiller (along with grave robber), both of which severely hampered your progress in game by giving you such a negative reputation people would usually open fire on sight.

But yeah, think of the children.. who shouldn't be playing the fucking game in the first place.. = \

Fucking useless pollies (Aus slang for politicians ; )

Re: Report: Fallout 3 Un-banned for Australia following Drug

Never had problems with gravedigger prek, my rep was so high any minor thing I did wrong was forgotten.

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Re: Report: Fallout 3 Un-banned for Australia following Drug

This just in, other modifications to the game include the following;

Guns replaced with flowers, Mutants replaced with "huggable" teddy bears and devastated Washington D.C. replaced with Candyland.  With the above changes made, there can be no possibility of  harming the childrens.  /sarcasm

 

Re: Report: Fallout 3 Un-banned for Australia following Drug

I think that would be a kick ass game :D

Re: Report: Fallout 3 Un-banned for Australia following Drug

You do know that children are immortal and that you can shoot teddy bears at people and blow them up with the teddy bears... right?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=23HxOOEtLu8

 

Re: Report: Fallout 3 Un-banned for Australia following Drug

What about children with pollen allergies?  Or children who have phobias associated with bears and/or stuffed animals?  This product you're peddling isn't safe at all!  I demand a congressional hearing, thousands of taxpayer dollars to waste, and five people who I can put in a useless committee so I can claim I did something while in office!

Re: Report: Fallout 3 Un-banned for Australia following Drug

*official sounding voice* Ah ah, now it's offensive to biabetic children.

Re: Report: Fallout 3 Un-banned for Australia following Drug

I think aussies were just afraid that gamers would try to emulate the jet drug by smelling cow cr@p...

I guess their gamers will just go around blowing peoples heads off, thats much better for society...

Re: Report: Fallout 3 Un-banned for Australia following Drug

Ummm… I don’t think there has ever been a shooting in Australia which has been even remotely linked to video games... which is more than I can say for America... I wonder why that is?? hmmm... oh wait... maybe its because most Australians don't have guns...

Haha our government is just like an over protective parent "Oh gosh no! If I show my babies drugs they might decide to do them! :O Since they obviously have no self control of their own. What violence? That’s ok I don’t mind. Go off and blow a few heads in for me sweetie *pat head*"
 
Seriously though the Australian Government really does have a funny idea of what is and isn’t appropriate.
 

 

Re: Report: Fallout 3 Un-banned for Australia following Drug

So exploding body parts and massive amounts of gore are alright.  But the depiction of the use of morphine, a legal if restricted drug that has been used for well over a century (maybe longer) by armed forces is a big no-no?

Riiiiiight...

Re: Report: Fallout 3 Un-banned for Australia following Drug

EPIC FAIL, Australia...

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