Saints Row IV Banned In Australia Due To “Alien Anal Probe” Weapon

Saints Row IV was recently denied a certificate in Australia, a territory where they have only just got an ‘adult’ rating in their approvals board. Saints Row IV is thus beyond adult. It’s worse than adult. It’s OBSCENE. It’s also got an alien anal probe weapon. The two things are related.

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“The game includes a weapon referred to by the Applicant as an “Alien Anal Probe”,” says the official rating release [via]. Don’t do anywhere – it gets better. “The Applicant states that this weapon can be ‘shoved into enemy’s backsides’.”

Yup.

“The lower half of the weapon resembles a sword hilt and the upper part contains prong-like appendages which circle around what appears to be a large dildo which runs down the centre of the weapon. When using this weapon the player approaches a (clothed) victim from behind and thrusts the weapon between the victim’s legs and then lifts them off the ground before pulling a trigger which launches the victim into the air.”

“After the probe has been implicitly inserted into the victim’s anus the area around their buttocks becomes pixelated highlighting that the aim of the weapon is to penetrate the victim’s anus. The weapon can be used during gameplay on enemy characters or civilians.”

The board says that “a weapon designed to penetrate the anus of enemy characters and civilians constitutes a visual depiction of implied sexual violence that is interactive and not justified by context” and has refused classification because of it.

Sounds like a simple fix. Teffers didn’t find the aforementioned weapon in his playtest, but if it remains in the final game we’ll hunt it out. For research.

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24 Comments

  1. No great loss to Australia there.

    Saints Row games are clearly aimed toward fifteen year old boys and the likes anyway, an adult rating would clearly be abused.

    That said, the game should be released under the adult rating- no matter how bad a subject matter is, I don’t like censorship preventing people judged mature enough by law from purchasing it.

    Although please, patch it out. Interactive sexual assault used as comedy in a game? It’s disturbing.

    • 15 year old boys?? Oh, crap. I’ve got an extra 173% on the target age.

      Still, at least I’m proving percentages can go past 100 ;)

    • I’d be very curious to see what the average age of the gamer who bought SR3 was. Teflon (a grown-up) and I (an even more grown-up grown-up) enjoyed it a lot.

      I suppose it’s like questioning stand-up comedians when they joke about sensitive topics like racism, religion, rape… wait a minute. The letter “r” is “r”esponsible for the world’s problems! :-)

      Anyway, there are genuinely mature folk who still love nonsense like this; like Family Guy (TV programme as oppose to the game). ;-) Also, there are people who can happily joke about any topic and never take it too seriously given the context of the situation.

      Hell, my mother enjoyed Family Guy and she’s over seventy years old! :-)

      • Whilst we’re on the subject, say hello to your mum for me can you? ;)

      • No probs, fella. Your boxer-shorts are clean and ready to collect.

      • :) LOL

    • Saint’s Row isn’t aimed at 15 year olds, it’s aimed at anyone who likes that style of open world game with the freedom of choice to be as ridiculous as you please. If people of that age happen to fall under that umberella, then so be it. So far there’s been nothing saying you have to use the weapon, it just leaves you with the option. Also, the game is based around aliens, so if the designers didn’t come up with at least one joke about probing even I would be dissapointed in them. Finally, regarding the idea that it needs to be patched out, I leave you with a quote from the great Jeff Bridges; “that’s just, like, your opinion, man”.

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