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Saints Row IV Refused Classification In Australia

Hey, Mr. President. No.

Saints Row IV is a lot of fun (as evidenced by our latest hands on) but it’s clearly not for everyone. Despite the over the top nature, the game has been refused classification in Australia.

“Saints Row IV was the first computer game in Australia to be Refused Classification under the Guidelines for the Classification of Computer Games that commenced on 1 January 2013,” says the press release.

“In the Board’s opinion, Saints Row IV, includes interactive, visual depictions of implied sexual violence which are not justified by context. In addition, the game includes elements of illicit or proscribed drug use related to incentives or rewards.”

Such depictions are prohibited by the Australian computer games guidelines.

This is the first game to be refused under the new (six month old) guidelines. “Apart from today’s decision, since the beginning of the year, the Board has classified 17 games R 18+ under the new guidelines,” adds the official statement.

Prior to the 1st of January this year, Australia didn’t have an ‘adult’ game category.

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10 Comments
  1. 3shirts
    Member
    Since: Aug 2008

    Yahtzee will be displeased.

    To be honest “interactive, visual depictions of implied sexual violence which are not justified by context… elements of illicit or proscribed drug use related to incentives or rewards” could be written on the box!

    Comment posted on 25/06/2013 at 09:48.
  2. MayContainEvil
    Member
    Since: Feb 2011

    Are you serious? We only just got an 18+ rating! Exactly what use is it if they’re still refusing games, looks like importing is still the best option. Our ratings board is about as useful as a camels c**t.

    Comment posted on 25/06/2013 at 10:05.
    • JesseDeya
      Member
      Since: Jan 2010

      Exactly, what the fuck??

      What the hell is the point of an ‘R’ rating (for adults) if other adults decide you’re not adult enough to see that adult material.

      Mad.

      Comment posted on 25/06/2013 at 11:05.
      • bunimomike
        Member
        Since: Jul 2009

        Delightfully well put. :-)

        Comment posted on 25/06/2013 at 11:28.
      • double-o-dave
        Member
        Since: Nov 2008

        I agree… It’s almost as ridiculous as being able to have sex at 16 in the UK but having to be 18 to buy a porn mag. How’s that work???

        Comment posted on 25/06/2013 at 11:45.
  3. zb100
    Member
    Since: Aug 2008

    BOOM! Instant free publicity.
    Well done Aus censors, you’re learning well from your previous experiences…

    Comment posted on 25/06/2013 at 10:21.
  4. hazelam
    Member
    Since: Feb 2009

    so they’re still treating adults like children in Australia.

    Comment posted on 25/06/2013 at 10:23.
  5. Tuffcub
    On the naughty step.
    Since: Dec 2008

    Violition are tweaking the game to get it reclassified.

    Comment posted on 25/06/2013 at 11:15.
    • KeRaSh
      Member
      Since: Nov 2009

      If that’s an actual typo, you subconciously made a pretty nice pun. :P

      Comment posted on 25/06/2013 at 12:33.
  6. hazelam
    Member
    Since: Feb 2009

    i know Australia used to be a penal colony, but the last criminals were shipped over around a hundred and fifty years ago, and are in all likelihood all dead.
    so most Australians now are law abiding, and i think they can play something like this without feeling the need to recreate the actions in real life.

    Comment posted on 25/06/2013 at 11:42.

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Saints Row IV
  • Developer:Volition, Inc.
  • Publisher:Deep Silver
  • Platforms:PS3, X360, PC
  • Release Date:23/08/13

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