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Fallout 3 Banned In Australia Due To "Real-World" Drug Use

Yesterday, it came to our attention that Australia's Office of Film and Literature Classification had decided not to issue a rating for Fallout 3, effectively banning it from going on sale in the country. But the big question was: why? Some said it was the gore, others believed it was the drug use, and the winner is...

Ding, ding, ding! Drug use. According to Kotaku, the OFLC's problem centered firmly on the use of the game's "chems," which function like power-ups. Obviously, this was too close to promoting illegal drug use for the organization's tastes, and this is why Fallout 3 won't be coming out in Australia. Well, not unless Bethesda opts for a serious editing session. Here's the official reason from the OFLC:

"Corresponding with the list of various 'chems' are small visual representation of the drugs, these include syringes, tablets, pill bottles, a crack-type pipe and blister packs. In the Board's view these realistic visual representations of drugs and their delivery method bring the 'science-fiction' drugs in line with 'real-world' drugs."

American gamers needn't be concerned; the ESRB will likely just slap the "M" (Mature) rating on there and call it a day. But if you're an Aussie, you're out of luck unless Bethesda addresses the OFLC's concerns.

Related Game(s): Fallout 3

7/10/2008 Ben Dutka

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Comments (8 posts)

Tatsujin
Thursday, July 10, 2008 @ 11:12:09 PM
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That Government is just a pu*** if you ask me... No excuse.

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Deleted User
Friday, July 11, 2008 @ 7:43:15 AM

Cool, this game is sounding fun. :)

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Bugzbunny109
Thursday, July 10, 2008 @ 11:45:55 PM
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i dont think that drugs in games actually affect people. I really doubt that after people finish playing games that contain drug use they go and do crack.

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Gabriel013
Friday, July 11, 2008 @ 1:28:30 AM
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I agree with bugzbunny.

"I've played Haze and am now addicted to injecting treacle into my bloodstream."

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ZubraZap
Friday, July 11, 2008 @ 2:02:07 AM
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If the re release of NARC came out than this game is definatley coming out..

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ThePoetRazel
Friday, July 11, 2008 @ 6:26:20 AM
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What a pile of crap. How the hell can that promote drug use in adults? That's not even a sane claim. Those censors need to try living in the real world for a change.

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Vysey
Friday, July 11, 2008 @ 9:44:55 AM
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That's just pathetic, 99% of people will play the game for exactly what it is, a game and will just think of the drugs as just another in game thing...it wont make them wanna use drugs themselves..idiots!!

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AntDC
Saturday, August 02, 2008 @ 8:22:26 PM
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Sorry "Australia's Office of Film and Literature Classification:, I forgot that injecting drugs into yourself is alot worse then slaughtering hundreds of people in the goriest way possible. Get you f***ing act together AOFLC.

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