Banned: State of Decay refused classification in Australia

by Ben Salter Featured 38 Comments 27 Votes 6133 Views 26/06/2013 Back to News

Open world zombie game State of Decay has become the second game this week to be refused classification and banned from sale in Australia.

The Australian Classification Board refused the game for depiction of drug use, said executive producer Jeff Strain on the official forums.

Undead Labs is working with Microsoft Studios on measures to have the ban overturned, including changing the names of the drugs to something fictional.

"I know this is frustrating — believe me, we're frustrated too — but each country has the right set its own rules about content, and it's our responsibility to comply with them," wrote Strain. "Rest assured we'll do everything we can to find a way to get the game into your hands. Stay tuned."

State of Decay was released on XBLA in the US on June 5 and will follow on Windows PC later this year. It becomes the second game to be refused classification in Australia, after Saints Row IV, since an R18+ rating was introduced at the start of the year.

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Haha you beat me to it by seconds. I'm so annoyed right now, I was really looking forward to playing State of Decay via my Aussie XBLA account. Guess I'm going to go ahead and download it via my U.S. account.
Shit like this makes me want to leave this country.
Tano
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Well that's a dildo to the face.
Hahahahahahaha.
I've played a lot of this already on my brother's XBLA account. The depicted drug use is so tame, honestly, you're more focused on surviving zombie hordes than worrying about the imaginary fear of whether or not taking in-game drugs will make you an addict in real life. This is such BS.
another game banned... this is getting sad

Tano said: Well that's a dildo to the face.


I hope you realize, that with the recent ban of Saints row IV there won't be any dildo's to the face.

BormisLBRD said:

Tano said: Well that's a dildo to the face.


I hope you realize, that with the recent ban of Saints row IV there won't be any dildo's to the face.



I can confirm there will be no more dildos to the face, but there were in-fact, dildos to the face at one point of time.

Mainly because I took a photo of RSOP getting dildoed in th eface.
What is the point of an R18+ rating if we cant get any of the games that are so called R18+

Pulp Fiction (great movie) has Drugs, Sex and Violence yet that is allowed to be classfied as 18+)

Im pretty sure GTA has been referencing Drugs (including Cocaine) for years. Why is all this suddenly being refused?

Tyrus said: I was really looking forward to playing State of Decay via my Aussie XBLA account. Guess I'm going to go ahead and download it via my U.S. account.



You know you can play it on your Aussie account right? Just download it using a US account on your console and you can play it with your Aussie profile, I have been.
Pretty lousy, I thought being 18+ rating meant we could play more violent games. I think MK would be more full on then the reason given for SR and this. I think the OFLC need to be revamped and stop randomly giving odd classifications. they are so out of whack it's ridiculous
Sounds like the Classification Board isn't happy about the drug use, but will allow it if they change the names ala Fallout 3.
game is bad anyway

BormisLBRD said:

Tano said: Well that's a dildo to the face.


I hope you realize, that with the recent ban of Saints row IV there won't be any dildo's to the face.



The more dildos to the face the better I say.
Remember people we live in Australia, and us adults are such uneducated retards that we dont know how to look after ourselves so we need someone to do that for us, thank you so much Australian government as i had no idea that fictional drugs were so bad for us -_-

B4RNZY said:

Tyrus said: I was really looking forward to playing State of Decay via my Aussie XBLA account. Guess I'm going to go ahead and download it via my U.S. account.


You know you can play it on your Aussie account right? Just download it using a US account on your console and you can play it with your Aussie profile, I have been.



Yeah I know. That's what I did for The Walking Dead last year, and have been doing with my brother's account for State of Decay.
This is pathetic. Sack the entire board.
Why is Breaking Bad not banned here then? [Facepalm] Such double standards against games.
What an absolute joke...

Makra said: Why is Breaking Bad not banned here then? Such double standards against games.


Don't give them ideas [Shifty]
I'm even going to drop a rare D-bomb here.

I'm absolutely disappointed with the classification board.

That's as low as my opinion of an action / person can go, and disappointment is all I feel for the classification board at the moment.

They're failing to fulfil their duties of objectively grading games into age-based categories and covering it up with some bullshit, yippie-kai-yay save-the-nation guise in an attempt to look useful.
I think I need to be on the board that allows games into the country cause I would ****ING allow both games

Bloard said:

Makra said: Why is Breaking Bad not banned here then? Such double standards against games.


Don't give them ideas


You know, I'd actually love for them to get that idea. Go ahead ratings board, ban the final season of Breaking Bad. I dare you.
I was so excited for this!

Banned: State of Decay refused classification in Australia
What's the point of the R18 rating? This is why Fallout 3 was originally banned back in 2008 - because they use real name drugs. Why is it so hard for the board to realise that the use of drugs in games won't damage or influence the minds of Australian adults. For ****s sake. It has been released elsewhere without any controversy or increased drug use.
Absolutely pathetic.
HAHA this is stupid, why introduce this R18+ rating if the same games are being banned as before @_@

When this R18+ rating got introduced I was expecting nothing else to be banned here. It's not as if either of the games being banned are seriously bad.

I don't get it.
"we're frustrated too — but each country has the right set its own rules about content, and"

EACH COUNTRY.

COUNTRY

OH, Did I miss the announcement where a whole country's opinion of classification can be formed merely by asking their government?

More like each government gets to choose what the country gets. and we have to suck it up, because were only the people. screw you government.


At least with SR4 I was like.. "okay maybe SR4 went a bit overboard with the wackiness?" But now it's starting to feel like they're poking us with a stick. [Shifty]
I wrote the classification board a letter and you should too!
Appeal this ridiculous decision
www.classification.gov.au/...
Red dead redemption depicted cocaine or similar use from memory why wasn't that banned.
What is wrong with Australia? I thought this kinda shit was a thing of the past now?
Although glitchy in places, this is an awesome game!
This whole country is in a state of decay!
There is a game called Spartacus that came out last night for free on XBox live, anyone get it ?

I'm thinking this game got censored as well. When you start the game it show's you all the moves, then near the end of the tutorial it says FINISH HIM, and it's cut out and all's you hear are the sounds and he is dead.

I asked someone on my US friends list and he said it wasn't , so I tried downloading it on my US account but only works for Gold members [Rage]
Disgusting....
hahaha now let's see all the cry babies start complaining about it :P
Man, it's like they are finding more excuse to ban games since the R18+ rating was approved
look seriously [Shifty] why banned all the good games all of us in the world where waiting for em to come out so we can play em but now we cant cause of this stupid banning thing going on for good games supossed to be coming out .but noo.. just because it mentions/shows drugs,sex and violence like far out its a game ...bak when i was 16 i when to ebgames and jbhi fi and i ask if i can get this certain game but it was 18 + so i couldnt get it...just take this stupid banned off and release the games on its due release dates and only let 18+ people get them not and younger then 18 -_-

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