State of Decay Gets R18+ Rating in Australia

July 12, 2013 -

Undead Labs' zombie-survival action game State of Decay is no longer banned in Australia. The game has been granted an R18+ adult rating by the Classification Board, paving the way for it to be sold in Australia. Undead Labs resubmitted a modified version of the game that removed and replaced the contents that the Board found to be beyond the pale - interactive drug use that directly benefited gameplay.

The game was previously refused classification because it contained "illicit or proscribed drug use related to incentives or rewards." The original State of Decay submission included in-game drugs (prescription and illegal) that gave players bonuses such as stat boosts and enhanced abilities. A special edition of the game was re-submitted for classification shortly after the first rejection, which switched out the "stimulants" for "supplements."

State of Decay has sold over 500,000 copies on the Xbox Live Arcade within first three weeks of its release in North America on XBLA. Now Undead Labs can get back to the business of tweaking the game and making money from sales coming out of Australia....

Source: GameSpot by way of Cheater87




Re: State of Decay Gets R18+ Rating in Australia

I read an opinion piece on this a few days ago (can't remember where) in which the author talks about the double standard at play between the R18 rating for games and the one for movies. The type of drug content in State of Decay the game would not have been an issue for State of Decay the movie. Really stupid.

Re: State of Decay Gets R18+ Rating in Australia

Indeed it is stupid. But their justification is all in the details where they keep referring to the "interactive nature" of video games. When I submitted feedback on this issue through the ACB website I mentioned something about requiring a link to be established to make interactive media an exception to other forms of entertainment. I unfortunately didn't tick the box indicating I required a reply. It would have been generic BS, but still...

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