Saints Row IV Becomes The First Game To Exceed “Adults Only” Rating In Australia
Right at the beginning of this year, Australia took a set into a future that most of us have been living in for over a decade. The Australian Classification Board finally implemented a R18+ rating for videogames, bring an end to a barrage of bans on games that fell above the highest rating of M15+ previously. And let’s face it, that’s a lot of games.
Well, Saints Row IV can now proudly (probably, it is Saints Row after all), that it is the first games that doesn’t even meet these new guidelines. Acting Director of the Classification Board Donald McDonald announced the decision today, noting it was the first game in Australia to be banned under the new Guidelines for the Classification of Computer Games that commenced on January 1, 2013.
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In a review of the title, the Board states that Saints Row IV features visual depictions of implied sexual violence which are not justified by context, illicit or proscribed drug use related to incentives or rewards and more. Such depictions are prohibited under the guidelines.
Apparently, adults of the age of 18 years are still not allowed to make the sensible decision by themselves, forcing the Board to swoop in and deny the game the right to appear on a shelf in Australia. That probably means gamers looking forward to GTV V near the end of this year should start worrying too.
But hey, we live in a country where at least this right isn’t infringed on. Yay us?