State Of Decay Won’t Make Its Way To Australia Without Serious Alterations
Australia, the country where almost everything is actively trying to kill its citizens, has denied many games access to its borders. One of latest stories, released a few days ago, regards Saints Row IV which will not be available on shelves for consumers.
Now, that’s not the only game this week. State of Decay will not make its way to Australia either, as it stands. The reason for this is because real-world drugs are consumed to buff and restore health–whereby this allegedly encourages drug use. The ratings board states that this encouragement will not be enjoyed by players in Australia, and if the game wants to make its way to consumers within the borders, it will need to undergo some serious alterations.
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The full report, published by Kotaku Australia can be found below:
“The game contains the option of self-administering a variety of “‘medications’ throughout gameplay which act to restore a player’s health or boost their stamina. These ‘medications’ include both legal and illicit substances such as methadone, morphine, amphetamines, stimulants, acetaminophen, ibuprofen, codeine, aspirin, ‘trucker pills”‘, painkillers and tussin. Of these, methadone, morphine, and amphetamines are proscribed drugs and the term ‘stimulant’ is commonly used to refer to a class of drugs of which several are proscribed. Players obtain drugs by scavenging for them in the environment or by manufacturing them in a ‘Medical Lab’. When players find drugs in the environment the name of the drug appears onscreen and the drug is also represented by a visual icon such as a pill bottle or syringe. Within the ‘Medical Lab’ players are prompted to make substances such as ‘Potent Stims’, ‘Mild Stims’ and ‘Painkillers’. The laboratory includes a ‘research library’ and ‘chemical dictionary’.
“When administering drugs, the player is briefly depicted moving a pill bottle toward their mouth. The sound of pills rattling in the bottle accompanies the depiction. The name of the drug appears onscreen along with its representative icon. Consumption of the drug instantly increases a player’s in-game abilities allowing them to progress through gameplay more easily. The Applicant has stated that a ‘player can choose not to make any drugs or scavenge for them, but it would be very difficult to complete the game without some form of medication’. In the Board’s opinion, the game enables the player’s character to self-administer proscribed drugs which aid in gameplay progression. This game therefore contains drug use related to incentives or rewards and should be Refused Classification.”
Australia’s ratings system recently underwent a major renovation, with legislation enacted six months ago which introduced a ‘mature’ rating for game featuring heavy violence, sex or other social taboos. Whilst it was hoped by many that this would fulfil the same function as the ’18’ classification in the rest of the world, allowing Australians access to adult games, it seems that some games are still deemed inappropriate. Yesterday, Saints Row IV, bought by Deep Silver in THQ’s pre-bankruptcy fire sale earlier in the year, was refused classification too, on the basis of “sexualised violence.”
Almost everything in Australia, animal and plant, is already trying to kill citizens. Unfortunately drugs will not be tolerated, because you know, it’s bad.