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Posted by 452 on 2013-06-25 19:39:01

Anyone with any opinions about the Classification Guidelines should ensure that they are properly educated on the matter before saying anything.

This IGN article provides excellent insight into the matter.

Below is the original statement from the Classification Board.

Saints Row IV: first computer game classified Refused Classification

The Acting Director of the Classification Board Mr Donald McDonald announced today that Saints Row IV was the first computer game in Australia to be Refused Classification under the Guidelines for the Classification of Computer Games that commenced on 1 January 2013.

The Classification Board classified the game RC (Refused Classification) in accordance with item 1(a) of the National Classification Code and in accordance with the computer games guidelines.

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

Mr McDonald said the Classification Board had now been applying the new computer games guidelines for almost six months and this was the first game to be refused classification.

"Apart from today's decision, since the beginning of the year, the Board has classified 17 games R 18+ under the new guidelines", Mr McDonald said.

When making decisions about computer games, the Classification Board must use the criteria set out in the Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games Act) 1995, the National Classification Code and the Guidelines for the Classification of Computer Games.

The new Guidelines for the Classification of Computer Games came into effect on 1 January 2013. Prior to then, Australia did not have an adult category for computer games.

An application to classify Saints Row IV was received by the Classification Board on 13 May 2013.

Classification decisions can be viewed at the classification website at http://www.classification.gov.au.

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452, 2013-06-25T19:39:01Z (last edited: 452, 2013-08-02T17:17:04Z)

how can they not give a rating!!!!!!!!
202.45.119.46, 2013-06-27T00:29:51Z
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 proscribed drug use related to incentives or rewards. Such depictions are prohibited by the computer games guidelines.
452, 2013-06-27T00:32:09Z (last edited: 452, 2013-06-27T00:32:44Z)
I've been seeing some pretty stupid reactions to this news in various places around the web.
Firstly, anyone who says it is "banned" is an idiot.
I'd just like to point out to everyone that while this specific instance may be more strict in Australia, on the whole, censorship is much worse in the USA.
In Australia, you can say "fuck" on TV without being bleeped, on government-owned stations no less.
And all these people blaming the "government" for this problem should see "This Film is Not Yet Rated", for an education about exactly who rates films in the USA.

However, since the rule is "justified by context" - I don't see why a game with aliens cannot have an anal probe gun.
452, 2013-07-02T18:51:12Z (last edited: 452, 2013-07-02T19:08:15Z)
Well it's to bad for them. But they could always just import the game from so e other country, unlease they have Xbox :).
I like how you added a link to the fuck, that's nice.
Traditionalfire, 2013-07-03T20:14:01Z
Thankfully volition and deep silver have applied to have the decision reviewed. They will be meeting july 29. I hope they change their minds as I am an Australian with an xbox who would like to kick Zin a$$! I don't particularly care if its an Aussie version without the offending Alien Anal Probe. Personally I never had any real use for the crazy weapons such as the mollusc launcher or the shark gun. Just give me my pistols, smgs, and my rocket launcher =-)
Captain Treklin, 2013-07-24T11:36:21Z
Yes, they were always going to release a version without the Anal Probe.
Maybe you don't realise it, but just about every GTA game was refused classification the first time around.

edit: I read a few articles about their "meeting", and I don't get it. They know exactly what they have to change:
  • Drugs cannot give the player a reward.
  • Rape cannot occur without context (and consequence).
Interestingly, the Drugs point would mean that Saints Row would be refused classification if it were released today, due to the Drug powerups.

http://www.capsulecomputers.com.au/2013/07/hands-on-with-saints-row-iv-australian-edition/
This special regional version of the game will only have a very small number of content alterations made to the release, namely the changing of the names of "drugs" to "stimulants" and the removal of the "Alien Probe" weapon.

http://www.classification.gov.au/News/Pages/22July2013-Classificationreviewannounced-for-thecomputergameSaintsRowIV.aspx
22 July 2013 - Classification review announced for the computer game 'Saints Row IV'
The Classification Review Board has received an application to review the classification of the computer game Saints Row IV.
Saints Row IV was Refused Classification by the Classification Board on 19 June 2013.
The Classification Review Board will meet on 29 July 2013 to consider the application.
The Classification Review Board issued a media release with more information about the pending review available. You can view this release in the Media Releases section.
The decision will be published in the Classification Review Board Decisions area of this site.
452, 2013-07-24T12:20:11Z (last edited: 452, 2013-07-24T13:49:28Z)
im still not sure if saints row IV will be released in Australia but hopefully it will be
PeteTheNotSoInvincible, 2013-08-07T08:03:38Z
It was never not going to be released in Australia.
For more information, see http://google.com
452, 2013-08-07T11:51:01Z
From what I've heard there will be an australian edition, however it will not be compatible with other versions. This would mean any australian wanting to play with others in other countries would have to get an international version.
Captain Treklin, 2013-08-08T08:31:13Z
New classification. 2013-08-02
452, 2013-08-08T11:57:12Z

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