Saints Row IV Refused Classification in Australia

June 25, 2013 -

Saints Row IV earns the dubious distinction of being the very first game to be refused classification under Australia's new age rating system for games. The ratings board announced that Saints Row IV "includes interactive, visual depictions of implied sexual violence which are not justified by context. 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."

The Interactive Games & Entertainment Association, which represents video game companies in Australia and New Zealand, noted that some video games will fall outside of the scope of the R18+ guidelines.

"Whether we agree or not with this specific classification, it highlights that the classification system is functioning as it should and that R18+ was never meant to open the 'floodgates' for all types of content," the IGEA statement said. "There will always be a 'settling in' period where all stakeholders strive to find an appropriate middle ground. Currently, we're at the 'high water' mark where there's a natural inclination to err on the side of caution."

Source: Gamasutra. Thanks to E. Zachary Knight for the tip.

 

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Re: Saints Row IV Refused Classification in Australia

I don't really understand how it was refused classification. R18 IS allowed now, right? Or is this just a bunch of out of touch people refusing it because they just don't like it?

 - W

Consumer responsibility is just as important as Corporate responsibility.

Re: Saints Row IV Refused Classification in Australia

Eh, part of me doesn't blame Australia since it seems Saints Row has gone for being offensive for the sake of being offensive.

Re: Saints Row IV Refused Classification in Australia

I recently saw the trailer for Saints Row IV. I'm still wondering what the heck I was looking at. I don't know what the game will be like, but that trailer was all over the place.

 - W

Consumer responsibility is just as important as Corporate responsibility.

Re: Saints Row IV Refused Classification in Australia

As an Australian adult I can indeed confirm that we are unable to discern what is appropriate entertainment for us. It is good that our government is here to tell us what we should or shouldn't play.

Re: Saints Row IV Refused Classification in Australia

And we have our much fought for R18+ classification as well.  All I can say is WTF!

Re: Saints Row IV Refused Classification in Australia

Shame on you, Australia.  Shame on you.

 

Andrew Eisen

 
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