Fallout 3 - BANNED in Australia

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  1. Gordon_4

    Gordon_4 The Big Engine

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    This about the largest peice of gaming fail I've seen in quite some time, yet again Australia is held to ransom because of one stubborn son of a bitch: Hon MICHAEL ATKINSON MP http://www.premier.sa.gov.au/ministers.php?id=7 is the one member of the Attorney General Standing Committie that has opposed the R18+ rating being applied to video games to be sold in Australia, for six years.

    Comments, rebuttals and general outrage I leave the the more elequent of my fellows here. I'll just say, this sucks.
     
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  2. Caterwaul

    Caterwaul Busou Shinki Loremaster

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    But imagine the marketing bonanza this gives the game.
    "BANNED IN AUSTRALIA!" can be plastered on the boxes. :D 
     
  3. Gordon_4

    Gordon_4 The Big Engine

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    Doesn't quite carry the same sort of weight as say....Banned in Bangkok(sp)
     
  4. Draven

    Draven Banned

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    Wow. Atkinson has possibly the most impressive shit-eating grin I have ever seen.
     
  5. shibamura_prime

    shibamura_prime Jumpin' Jellyfish! Super Mod

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    True that. That there is one scary-lookin' dude.
     
  6. DWN013

    DWN013 Holy crap in a pita!

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    Heh, I believe Maddox would call it a 'Ped-o-smile'.
     
  7. Kando

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    Lame.
     
  8. Smasher

    Smasher HUNKY BEATS

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    Hooray for censorship.

    Way to go Australian government!
    People are too stupid to make decisions based on ratings anyway.
     
  9. General Magnus

    General Magnus Da Custodes of the Emprah

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    It´s not like people won´t get pirated copies either way.

    Go go piracy gadget mode!
     
  10. pscoop

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    Sorry to hear that. I am looking forward to this game.
     
  11. McBradders

    McBradders James Franco Club! Moderator

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    This makes perfect sense ¬_¬
     
  12. Omnius

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    Watch the pre-orders go through the roof now. :D 
     
  13. Gordon_4

    Gordon_4 The Big Engine

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    Pre orders will be getting refunded if nothing else, a refused classification makes the game illegal.

    I know this will encourage piracy of the game and for once, I feel sorry for Bethesda on losing the money.
     
  14. tentagil

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    Just out of curiosity does anything stop them from ordering the game from overseas? I mean seriously, this won't stop anyone who wants the game from getting it. It jsut means that the sales will go to another countries economy. I'm not an expert on Australian law, but illegal to sell is rarely the same as illegal to own. And even if it is unless they open every package that enters the country from overseas its unlikely they can actually stop the game from getting to people. Piracy is of course as secondary option, but I doubt your average person will have to bother with it.
     
  15. Strikeback

    Strikeback Drifting Away

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    Man, to be banned from a country that was once a PRISON ISLAND is something.
     
  16. Omnius

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    Is what I was getting at, pretty much. :)  People will try to circumvent it somehow, by working out arrangements to import it. The refusal to classify the game basically means retailers in Australia can't legally sell it, but there's nothing in that which prevents people from owning it. People always want what they can't have, as past incidents of records/games/etc being 'banned' (for want of a better word) proves.

    Plus in other countries, the 'banned in Australia!' notoriety will pique the interest of many gamers who would have otherwise overlooked this title.
     
  17. Lasbrook

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    You know i'm not all that surprised considering one of the first screenshots shown was of someone's head exploding quite graphically. They do say it plays alot larger role than it does in the first two tho, maybe they cut that back a bit it'll be ok.

    Just be glad they got rid of the kiddie murder eh?
     
  18. aussiehippy

    aussiehippy Au contraire, Blackadder.

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    Acording to the second link, that australian minister is also responsible for

    "Changes to the law so alleged sex-offenders could be prosecuted for crimes committed before December."

    Which doesn't make a lot of sense either.
     
  19. Gordon_4

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    Yeah I wasn't sure what that meant either, I suppose if put into context with a passage of law it would make sense.


    UPDATE: I spoke to a manager today at a place called GAME (formally Games Wizards) and his information was this: if the game is refused classification, and therefore banned both sale AND ownership will be illegal. Hooray for Democracy. If that eventuates, all pre orders will logically be refunded.

    And then about a dozen ISP's are gonna get a massive surge in traffic I'd wager. Some of you bring up the idea of imports: that will probably occur en mass but anyone who gets caught, a processes that will be highly arbitrary I'd wager, will essentially be prosocuted for what I believe is a federal crime of importation of a banned item/media. I could be wrong but that's what I think will occcur.
     
  20. Gordon_4

    Gordon_4 The Big Engine

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    We also grew pot, and shot the natives. Very par for the course really.
     

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