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We Happy Few

After 2018 E3 presentation, it reignited my excitement for this little Indie game We Happy Few, it seems to have failed the Australian Classifications board. This game wont release in Australia because of its.. Drug use.

"AUSTRALIA’S Classification Board has decided no one in the country will ever be able to play this video game because of its nefarious themes."   

https://www.news.com.au/technology/home-entertainment/gaming/why-we-happy-few-has-been-denied-release-in-australia-after-being-deemed-too-explicit/news-story/61963f63a873852305532f95d3022ea8

(Other popular games that have been banned in Australia have been Left 4 Dead 2 mentioned below and Hatred on Steam.)

Left 4 Dead 2

Here are the reasons why L4D2 was banned 

* The game contains violence that is high in impact and is therefore unsuitable for persons aged under 18 to play.

* It notes that this violence is "inflicted upon ‘the Infected' who are living humans infected with a rabies-like virus that causes them to act violently."

* The report singles out the use of melee weapons as those that "inflict the most damage" and cause "copious amounts of blood spray and splatter (sic), decapitations and limb dismemberment… or even cause intestines to spill from the wounds."

* In conclusion, the Board finds that the "interactive nature of the game increases the overall impact of the frequent and intense depictions of violence. This coupled with the graphic depictions of blood and gore combine to create a playing impact which is high."

* Interestingly, the report also reveals that it wasn't a unanimous decision and that "a minority of the Board is of the opinion that the violence is strong in playing impact and therefore warrants an MA15+ classification" instead. However, the majority voted to refuse classification.

https://kotaku.com/5361301/left-4-dead-2-banned-in-australia-update?IR=T

If you are looking forward to playing violent video games in Australia, think again, the board tends to pick and choose what they consider too violent for adults over the age of 18.

Last edited by Azzanation - on 19 June 2018

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Well that's fucking stupid.



This is why you don't let the government run the ratings boards. Rating systems should be voluntary industry bodies, with the ratings not having the force of law behind them.



Shadow1980 said:
This is why you don't let the government run the ratings boards. Rating systems should be voluntary industry bodies, with the ratings not having the force of law behind them.

hmm, I disagree with that. They should have the law behind them to actually make it illegal for shops to sell games to underage kids, but there should also be an 18+ rating which allows anything and everything since only adults would be allowed to buy it anyway.



Bet Shiken that COD would outsell Battlefield in 2018. http://gamrconnect.vgchartz.com/post.php?id=8749702

The sentiment is good but the application is flawed. Simply banning a few games isn't going to ensure a more ethical country. It's like banning a few guns and expecting the shootings to stop.



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Ka-pi96 said:
Shadow1980 said:
This is why you don't let the government run the ratings boards. Rating systems should be voluntary industry bodies, with the ratings not having the force of law behind them.

hmm, I disagree with that. They should have the law behind them to actually make it illegal for shops to sell games to underage kids, but there should also be an 18+ rating which allows anything and everything since only adults would be allowed to buy it anyway.

Buy... not play. I think the goal is to prevent kids from even having the opportunity to play them. 



AlfredoTurkey said:
Ka-pi96 said:

hmm, I disagree with that. They should have the law behind them to actually make it illegal for shops to sell games to underage kids, but there should also be an 18+ rating which allows anything and everything since only adults would be allowed to buy it anyway.

Buy... not play. I think the goal is to prevent kids from even having the opportunity to play them. 

Yeah, restrictions for kids buying games only. What the parents let their kids play is up to them, but the kids shouldn't be able to play adult rated games without the parents getting them those games.



Bet Shiken that COD would outsell Battlefield in 2018. http://gamrconnect.vgchartz.com/post.php?id=8749702

Heh, the Australians are way too insensitive when it comes to gaming.Its going to hurt sales there but whoever lives there that really wants to play such game will find a way to buy it, be it through a trip or simply buying a digital version on another region store.



My (locked) thread about how difficulty should be a decision for the developers, not the gamers.

https://gamrconnect.vgchartz.com/thread.php?id=241866&page=1

So a game portraying drugs as bad gets banned because it's portraying drugs. Yep, good job educating people.



You know it deserves the GOTY.

Come join The 2018 Obscure Game Monthly Review Thread.

Ka-pi96 said:
AlfredoTurkey said:

Buy... not play. I think the goal is to prevent kids from even having the opportunity to play them. 

Yeah, restrictions for kids buying games only. What the parents let their kids play is up to them, but the kids shouldn't be able to play adult rated games without the parents getting them those games.

I think you missed the point. They are trying to prevent bad parents from being bad parents. They're taking the steps to ensure that bad parents can't let their kids play these games.