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.