I just saw on Game Politics that Fallout 3 has been refused classification in Australia.
According to GameSpot and other sources, the long-awaited Fallout 3 has been refused classification by Australia's Office of Film & Literature Classification.
The decision effectively bans Fallout 3 from being sold by retailers Down Under. From the GameSpot report:
While the OFLC website has no details on why Fallout 3 was banned, a user in GameSpot's PC forum last week suggested it could be due to the use of the drug morphine within the game.
I'm not a happy chappy at the moment.
I've been anticipating Fallout 3 ever since the announcement of its development, and having thoroughly enjoyed the first game in the series. (I haven't played Fallout 2 or Brotherhood of Steel due simply to timing.) I even noticed on the EB Games website the other day that the release date was sometime in October.
This travesty of state censorship is something we have to put up with here in Australia. Unfortunately we don't have the same protections on speech as the US and thus our government can choose to censor it at anytime. In fact Australians don't have a bill of rights, or the constitutional protections of the US. We've been lucky so far that we haven't had a government that has ridden rough-shod over them, even if we are sometimes deprived of games.
Fortunately we do have the option with PC games to purchase them overseas. Consoles are another matter since OS games are region coded and won't play without a mod chip. But since I was always going to purchase Fallout 3 for the PC and not the 360, I'll be putting my order in with Amazon.
Come October, I will be playing Fallout 3. The OFLC can kiss my pale hairy arse.