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Australian Classification Review Board To Revisit Saints Row IV

Australia still has a big problem with offensive video games.

The country finally passed a bill that allowed for mature games to receive a rating of "R18," which recognized that games weren't just for kids, anymore. But if the Classification Board refuses to rate a title, it still can't be released.

And several games have already fallen into that little loophole, including the upcoming Saints Row IV. The Board initially refused to classify it due to "implied sexual violence" as a result of anal probe weapons. Well, that, among other things. So, without a rating, Deep Silver's game wouldn't be available for sale in Australia and this has resulted in plenty of annoyed gamers (as you might expect). But now, the Board has agreed to revisit the issue, as posted on the organization's official site. They'll have to reconsider some of the conclusions they reached at first, such as:

"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 prescribed drug use related to incentives or rewards. Such depictions are prohibited by the computer games guidelines."

Saints Row IV will launch in North America and Europe on August 20 and August 23, respectively. The question now is, will it see the light of day in Australia? Or will gamers down under get screwed...again?

Related Game(s): Saints Row IV

Tags: saints row iv, saints row 4, saints row iv australia, saints row 4 rating

7/22/2013 11:16:15 AM Ben Dutka

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Comments (9 posts)

maxpontiac
Monday, July 22, 2013 @ 11:53:09 AM
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What amazes me is the developers decision to include items such as these in a video game in the first place.

Not having an "anal probe" or some other type of sexual violence tool isn't going to make or break the game.

It should be an easy concept to grasp but if you make your game GREAT, the critics and gamers will flock to it.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, July 22, 2013 @ 12:40:05 PM

You can't make an over the top extra terrestrial themed game without anal probes, period.

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maxpontiac
Monday, July 22, 2013 @ 12:47:13 PM

Now while I appreciate the humor involved, I just don't see the necessity when it doesn't help the game one bit.

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Akuma07
Monday, July 22, 2013 @ 7:34:56 PM

Yeah, it confuses me as well.

What kind of game developer sits there and thinks, you know how we can make our game more fun?! Let's add an anal probe weapon that you shove up a persons ass! Yeah that's a great idea!!

Then the higher ups say, friend, this anal probe idea is amazing, we need this in our game NOW.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, July 22, 2013 @ 12:40:55 PM
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Crazy folks they got there, they must not have access to that women's book 50 shades of anal rape.

Uhh, who gets to decide what is and is not "justified by context"?

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Akuma07
Monday, July 22, 2013 @ 7:39:02 PM

And like we have all said 1000x times before, games are different to other forms of entertainment, books, movies, it's different.

Justified by context is a fairly simple thing to decide. Simply ask, what purpose does this weapon serve in the game? If the answer is simply "To anal probe people?! Dafuq?!" Then it's not in context. It's only there for the sake of it. Normally that would be okay, but this particular weapon did not meet the requirements of the R18 classification because of it.

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Akuma07
Monday, July 22, 2013 @ 7:35:35 PM
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If a game has to result to ass raping people, to make it more fun, then we really have reached a low point in gaming.

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bigrailer19
Monday, July 22, 2013 @ 7:59:00 PM

I wouldnt necessarily say a low point in gaming. Id say its more of a lack of creatovoty from that developer. Unless of course the weapom has a place in the story. Most of you already touched on it being there for the sake of it, which is probably unnecessary.

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maxpontiac
Tuesday, July 23, 2013 @ 11:44:19 AM

I think both Akuma07 and bigrailer19 are correct in this regard.

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