Australia still has a big problem with offensive video games.
The country finally passed a bill that allowed for mature games to receive a rating of "R18," which recognized that games weren't just for kids, anymore. But if the Classification Board refuses to rate a title, it still can't be released.
And several games have already fallen into that little loophole, including the upcoming Saints Row IV . The Board initially refused to classify it due to "implied sexual violence" as a result of anal probe weapons. Well, that, among other things. So, without a rating, Deep Silver's game wouldn't be available for sale in Australia and this has resulted in plenty of annoyed gamers (as you might expect). But now, the Board has agreed to revisit the issue, as posted on the organization's official site . They'll have to reconsider some of the conclusions they reached at first, such as:
"In the Board's opinion, 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 prescribed drug use related to incentives or rewards. Such depictions are prohibited by the computer games guidelines."
Saints Row IV will launch in North America and Europe on August 20 and August 23, respectively. The question now is, will it see the light of day in Australia? Or will gamers down under get screwed…again?
Related Game(s): Saints Row IV