Fallout 3 Banned from Australia Over In-game Drug Use

The latest word on the Fallout 3 situation in Australia is that the game has been banned for in-game drug use. news.com.au has published statements from a report by Australia’s Office of Film & Literature Classification:

In the Board’s view these realistic visual representations of drugs and their delivery method bring the ‘science-fiction’ drugs in line with ‘real-world’ drugs… The player can also select and use ‘Morphine’ (a proscribed drug) which has the positive effect of enabling the character to ignore limb pain when the character’s extremities are targeted by the enemy.

Although there reasons are not entirely unexpected, they’re still disappointing. Fans of Fallout 3 are protesting, pointing out that other games that have been approved also have in-game drug use. As one gamer astutely wrote in an online post, “What are the syringes in Bioshock filled with – magic fairy dust?”

The Australian ratings system is also partly to blame. Although films can be classified with a R18+ rating, video games top out at a M15+ rating. Fallout 3 is now a spark ready to reignite the whole R18+ rating for video games controversy.

via GamePolitics

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4 Comments on Fallout 3 Banned from Australia Over In-game Drug Use

Davn Kincade

On July 10, 2008 at 2:45 pm

:shock:

Silly Aussies.

Seriously though this makes no sense, i was under the assumption that the rest of the Fallout series was released in Australia…so if these drugs (or chems) are given their rightful name it now makes it a no-no?!?

Sad.

bj

On July 10, 2008 at 4:10 pm

oh for the love evil why? i was looking forwd to this game why?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
damn the OFLC and all their employees

iKiddo

On July 11, 2008 at 6:26 am

Until Australia sorts this its just going to become a worse country.

Kimi

On July 13, 2008 at 10:21 pm

Australia Sucks and most of the gaming public here are stupid and apathetic.