Fallout 3 Australian Edit to Ship Worldwide Fulfills Global Censorship Prediction

Bethesda has assured Fallout 3 fans that the game has been approved for release in Australia. A neutered version of Fallout 3 will be shipping worldwide.

Australia’s highest video game rating is MA15+, so the idea of players shooting up virtual morphine didn’t sit well with its ratings board. Bethesda simply removed the problem from all versions of the game to head off any other regional protests.

According to GamePolitics, we should have seen this one coming.

Fallout 3 has been cleared for sale in the U.K. with no content edits required…

Curiously, a “consumer advice” note posted with the rating decision does not mention the drug use which got Fallout 3 banned in Australia earlier this year. The only reference to content is “Contains very strong bloody violence and gore.”

Gaming Today posted an article on videogame regulation in individual nations eventually forcing global censorship. Oh how I wish we hadn’t seen this ill omen fulfilled so soon. This could be a very disturbing trend in the making.

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18 Comments on Fallout 3 Australian Edit to Ship Worldwide Fulfills Global Censorship Prediction


On September 10, 2008 at 5:06 pm



On September 10, 2008 at 5:10 pm

now lets hope Bethesda left the in the game for some resourceful modder, to put back in the game with a little mod


On September 10, 2008 at 5:11 pm

Lots of people don’t see this as a big deal, but once again, Australia’s rating board has gone WAY past any boundaries of their power.

I feel like I’m reading 1984 again. First censoring games, whats next…TV…political coverage etc?


On September 10, 2008 at 7:53 pm

Sooo, basically a pretty much BIG element of the other games is now gone due to Australia thinking drugs in game are not good. GTA4 should be taken off the shelves for mentioning Steroids in the country then.

Hugh Jass

On September 10, 2008 at 7:57 pm

Aussies suck dingo balls :evil:


On September 10, 2008 at 8:00 pm

Pussies. Figured Bethesda would be ting all over the Fallout name when I first read that they were in charge of 3, but I actually didn’t expect them to wuss out to this degree.

Truer words could not be spoken Dadud.


On September 10, 2008 at 8:01 pm

WTF AUSTRALIA your gonna make Bethesda loose alot of consumers cause of this!!


On September 10, 2008 at 8:13 pm

You don’t even know what they changed, do you? According to http://www.nma-fallout.com, all they did was change the name of Morphine to Med-X. My god Big Brother is coming!


On September 10, 2008 at 10:14 pm

Dadud: After the GTA debacle with Hot Coffee, you honestly think they’d leave it in?


On September 10, 2008 at 11:53 pm

What’s the big deal? Its just some names that were changed, its not like it’ll change how the game plays. I’m sure it’ll be just as easy to mod back in, I mean, if Fallout 3 is as moddable as Oblivion and Morrowind then it’ll be a piece of cake.

I haven’t played Fallout or Fallout 2…but I seem to recall reading that those games were censored too? So what’s the big deal? Its not like they’re taking out the violence, or the language…have any of you guys actually seen recent videos of Fallout 3?


On September 11, 2008 at 12:02 am

meh, doesn’t seem like a huge deal. the previous games just had drugs with names like “Mentats” and “StimPacks.”


On September 11, 2008 at 12:35 am

It’s gonna be a ty game anyway so who cares really?


On September 11, 2008 at 1:42 pm

Ah, so you’ve played it already. I’m jealous.


On September 11, 2008 at 2:23 pm

^^ I’ve had that argument before. Of course we can’t know it will be bad, but how can you know it will be good? But I do know it will win Game of the Year, just because thats how it is.

And I don’t recall if FO1 or FO2 were censored at all. There was still blood, sex, and drug use. The only reason this censor is happening is because the drugs have real world names. “Buffout” and “Mentats” are not real drugs, so no need to censor. All the blood the 14 year olds like is still in the game, so theres no need to panic.


On September 11, 2008 at 2:29 pm

One of the versions of Fallout didn’t have children in it. The german version, I think. They censored them out because the ratings board didn’t like the idea of killing children. They made fun of that in Fallout 2.

That said, it’s sad that using drugs and having sex (which is also not in F3) in a game is apparently more offensive than blowing somebody into bloody bits… with a slow-mo camera lingering on it no less.


On September 14, 2008 at 5:40 pm

For the love of my Lord,this is unacceptable to say the least,those dumb ass Australians are deciding whats good and bad and Bethesda has fallin into the trap.Shawn is very right”This could be a very disturbing trend in the making”.


On October 29, 2008 at 6:37 am

To everyone bagging out all of australia – do you think we enjoy getting censored? It’s just a bunch of bible-bashing politicians who couldn’t stand having a Restricted rating for videogames, nevermind that one exists for Films.
I’d say the majority of australian gamers – myself included – would fight for an R rating to be introduced to games. See: http://blogs.theage.com.au/screenplay/archives//010898.html?page=4#comments
So much for “democracy”.

In the meantime, just get over it. And be grateful that this is the first incidence. We’ve had to endure a number of video games getting banned or censored. And if you really need to vent your anger, e-mail the Attorney General of South Australia, one of the leading figures who is against a fair rating for video games: attorney-general@agd.sa.gov.au .


On October 29, 2008 at 1:30 pm

Fallout 3 blows, so don’t even fuss. It’s tedious. You can’t remap the controls sensibly (like legacy, southpaw, etc), or completely.
Combat takes forever, and it’s not that exciting.
The music gets on your nerves pretty quickly.
It doesn’t make a crapload of sense that you can change your outfits and wear masks, but all the characters treat you the same as without outfits/mask.
Dialogue is dense (literally and metaphorically).