Fallout 3 Banned in Australia by Ratings Board

By Aaron Linde, Jul 09, 2008 10:43am PDT Bethesda's upcoming post-apocalyptic RPG Fallout 3 (PC, PS3, 360) has been banned from sale in Australia following an RC rating from the Office of Film and Literature Classification, according to a Kotaku report.

Australian law stipulates that any games rated above MA 15+ cannot be sold or demonstrated, effectively banning Fallout 3 from sale in the country.

It is not yet clear which factors in Fallout 3 prompted the Refused Classification rating from the OLFC, a government agency which rates games and other forms of media similarly to the US-based Entertainment Software Ratings Board.

The Fallout series has regularly incorporated mature elements and themes such as prostitution, drug use, and violent imagery. No details were specified on the OLFC's listing for the game.

Many games slapped with similar ratings have been edited to remove the offending content and resubmitted for rating, such as Rockstar's Grand Theft Auto IV (PS3, 360) and Digital Extreme's Dark Sector (PS3, 360).

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  • There are R18+ categories for books, movies, etc.
    In magazines there is R1 and R2 where R1 is like playboy and R2 is basically XXX.

    The problem here is three fold:

    1. The federal law says new classifications can only be introduced if the officials in charge of ratings from each of the 6 states UNANIMOUSLY agree. It's a stupid concentration of power and has nothing to listening to the people.

    2. The decision can only be made at one of the scheduled meetings of these state officials in charge of the ratings board and they only occur every 6 or 12 months.

    3. There is one holdout, a jerk from the state of South Australia who is really conservative. He's holding out despite the fact that polls this year showed something like 80% of people wanted an R 18+ rating category for games.

    There was a concerted push buy the local equivalent of the ESA and Aussie gamers and the debate received significant media attention that was sympathetic to gamers. It was widely publicized that Australia is the only western democratic nation who DOESN'T have an adults only rating for games.

    Nevertheless, when the vote came he blocked it. He didn't claim that it is due to religious conviction. This jerk is holding out because he is a typical moron that thinks interactive games are too dangerous for kids (ok, fuck it, we'll allow that ASSUMPTION for arguments sake) but ALSO thinks kids can magically access them despite parents best efforts to hide them, even though the parents can hide their X rated DVDs effectively. :|

    So basically he doesn't trust parents and cries "think of the children". Never mind the fact that said children actually DO have magical powers that grant them access to their old man's pr0n stash. . }:-)