I Dont Believe It

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.

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  1. crabhooves

    I thought it was a mild annoyance when GTA IV was censored (not to mention the previous rating problems with the series) but to effectively ban a major release like Fallout 3 is just too much. It’s ridiculous that the OFLC doesn’t have a rating for gamers older than 15, despite the equivalent for moviegoers. Here’s hoping the Australian government catches up with reality sometime this century!

  2. Stropp (Post author)

    Hi Crabhooves, thanks for dropping by. In some ways it’s a pity that gaming isn’t more mainstream. I can remember the OFLC banning a European art film from being shown at a film festival and then backing down at the public outcry. Unfortunately, gamers don’t cry out at these myopic decisions.

    As I and others have said before, the main culprit here is the South Australian Attorney General Michael Atkinson who is the only one holding out on a R rating for games. It’s okay to have a R rating for film and other media, but for games where the average age is now 29 years — no, we can’t have adults making decisions for themselves.

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