Australia Bans Sale Of Fallout 3
Well, this might be a first. Since when do RPG/strategy games become the basis for controversy and banning?
Bethesda is learning the hard way that Australia's Office of Film and Literature Classification doesn't care about genres; they only care about content, and they have refused to classify Fallout 3. In other words, they've handed down the dreaded "RC" label, which makes it illegal to sell the game in that country. We don't know how they came to this decision, but an early rumor claims it's for "drug use" seen vividly in the game. Others just believe it has to do with gore, but either way, this is bad news for Bethesda and Red Ant, so it'll be interesting to see what they plan to do about it. They may simply go back to the editing room and make a few more cuts for the sake of the Australian gaming public, but if they don't, you can definitely expect some importing from those in the land down under.
Rockstar had to do it with Grand Theft Auto IV, but to be perfectly honest, we never thought it would have to happen for something like Fallout 3. ...you Aussies got it rough.
Related Game(s): Fallout 3
7/9/2008 Ben Dutka