Necrovision Banned in Australia

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Necrovision Banned in Australia

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Necrovision, the new supernatural FPS that tries so hard (and fails so badly) to be a new Painkiller, has been refused classification in Australia, the latest in a growing list of games that are effectively banned for sale in the country.

Necrovision is a supernatural shooter set in the First World War, in which players struggling through the slog of trench warfare in 1916 must contend not only with the Kaiser's armies but also the forces of vampires, demons and other creatures from beyond the veil. Based on the demo, at least, it sounds better than it actually is but that's something that gamers in Australia are going to have a hard time deciding for themselves.

The country's Classification Board has determined that the game's violence is too much for the MA15+ rating, the highest available to videogames in Australia, and has thus made it the first game of 2009 to be banned Down Under. The problem, according to GameSpot AU, lies with both the excessive and detailed damage that can be inflicted upon enemies as well as the fact that players can continue to hammer on them after they're dead.

"When the player shoots an enemy combatant, a large volume of blood spray results and the enemy may be dismembered or decapitated," the Classification Board said in a statement. "Injury detail is high with pieces of flesh seen flying from bodies when shot or a high level of wound detail visible on bodies. Post-mortem damage occurs when bodies are shot resulting in blood spray, dismemberment and decapitation."

Necrovision may not be a very good game but I'm not sure what it's done to attract the wrath of Australia's Classification Board. The Farm 51, the studio behind the game, had a hand in creating levels and textures for Painkiller and I don't recall it being any less ridiculously blood-gouting than Necrovision, yet it apparently passed the classification process without a hitch. Australia's Classification Board is notoriously erratic and this appears to be just another example of that inconsistency in action.

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It stumbles where Painkiller got through because its graphics aren't woefully primitive.

Michael Atkinson, please leave my country.

To quote one Australian reviewer:
"The Classification Board moves in mysterious ways."

One of the devs probably ran over one of the Board members' dog.

Pi_Fighter:
Michael Atkinson, please leave my country.

To quote one Australian reviewer:
"The Classification Board moves in mysterious ways."

Sorry man... It's just not fair.

I can't wait till our Austrailian friends are free from this madness.

I wonder if they have COD5 in Australia, cause in that game you can blow people apart with nades. Maybe its the mythological creatures that get them so upset.

What is up with the fixation of putting Nazis and vampires together?
Oh, wait, WWI...

Woah, what a huge leap foreward!

Well if you unban the game, that would bring some more money in, even if its just 1 game sold, I think anyway. Just make a M18+ or something, not a big deal, escept to Micheal Atkinson, who seems to not have a brain in this matter.

Every time I see the word "banned," I get this feeling that one day, I am going to end up soaked in blood and gore, staring down the people who did the banning, holding only a knife, asking "Why are you making me do this to you?"

MaxTheReaper:
Every time I see the word "banned," I get this feeling that one day, I am going to end up soaked in blood and gore, staring down the people who did the banning, holding only a knife, asking "Why are you making me do this to you?"

Fortunately, the fact that you can see yourself like this is proof you're mentally sound enough to not do it.

Or not.

Necrovision? Never heard of it.

Doesn't stop me from hating the crap out of that Atkinson guy.

Aries_Split:

MaxTheReaper:
Every time I see the word "banned," I get this feeling that one day, I am going to end up soaked in blood and gore, staring down the people who did the banning, holding only a knife, asking "Why are you making me do this to you?"

Fortunately, the fact that you can see yourself like this is proof you're mentally sound enough to not do it.

Or not.

I hope, for their sake, you are right.
Oh, wait, no I don't.

They will die by my hand.

Lord Krunk:
Necrovision? Never heard of it.

Doesn't stop me from hating the crap out of that Atkinson guy.

Pretty much agreed. I'd never heard of Necrovision until now.

Nothing to cry about, this game is so horrible, I'm ashamed it came out of my country.
Still, fuck censorship.

Never heard of the game

Why haven't you people down under kicked his ass out yet?

Also did this game attempt to sell their game as WWI? with automatic weapons and the paranormal? sigh i was so close to getting the game i wanted and then they shitted on it..

On the other hand, this is the best publicity this game has had since people have actually heard of it now.
Sorry to all the Aussies out there. It may not be fun, but you should at least have the opportunity to play it, not having the government decline you that opportunity.

On a brief side note, it this the first World War I based game? Its the only one I can think of.

Everyone knows that the Australian classification board are all stark raving bonkers, just let them do their thing...altho in this case they should have said "lololol play the suck game, you deserve it!"

Is anyone *really* surprised? It is Australia after all.

Aggression repression leads to aggressive outbursts - for many this is leads to swearing at drivers in traffic, depression, beating the wife, etc. Like sex, a controlled and persistent outlet for our natural (yes, aggression is perfectly fucking natural) aggressive streak will in most cases result in a controlled and totally harmless demonstration.
Then some psychopath comes along looking for ideas. Have no illusions, this person will find a method of brutally killing someone, whether they see it in a game, film or simply put on their creative hat and do it ad-hoc.

People look to the government to save them from these monsters, and because there is NOTHING they can do to create a 100% psycho-free society, they create a scapegoat to make it *seem* like they are actively doing something.

So, in summation, the world governments have decided that 10 million years of aggression and thousands of years of humans brutally torturing and butchering other humans over nothing rests totally and unequivocally on the shoulders of computer games and films... hmm, I don't think so, but thanks for the theory.

These guys used to be criminals, now they're the most unconstitutional (I know I'm using an American term, shut up) p***ies out there. Hell, they're giving the Germans a run for their money.

Wait - they're annoyed because when you shoot a body, blood comes out? That happens in most of the shooters made in the last five years!

Lord Krunk:
Necrovision? Never heard of it.

Sounds like an adults-only tv channel.

Johnn Johnston:
Sounds like an adults-only tv channel.

I really, really, really, definitely do NOT want to see your kind of porn.

On-topic, not really unexpected from our classification board- they seem to make decisions on things without paying attention to precedent.

Aw. You poor Australians. I bet you WEEP about not having this game, right?
Considering most people haven't heard of it, probably not.

Let me get this straight. Many of the problems they mentioned sound a lot like Fallout 3. Now, FO3 was temporarily banned in Australia due to drugs, which were then renamed and the game was reallowed. Now, did violence somehow become a much more important thing between now and then?

orannis62:
Let me get this straight. Many of the problems they mentioned sound a lot like Fallout 3. Now, FO3 was temporarily banned in Australia due to drugs, which were then renamed and the game was reallowed. Now, did violence somehow become a much more important thing between now and then?

F.E.A.R 2 went through classification, after going through the 'banned' and then the 'ok nevermind' situation too.

If the Australian classification Board are that erratic with their selection and also their decisions it seems to me like they must have some kind of quota to meet, if only a temporary one at least.

Australia really is strict on Video Games.

Yay for this country! Oh well, I probably wouldn't have played this game anyway so that doesn't really worry me. We are awfully strict though on this sort of thing... I wonder what possess us to be so? Probably archaic laws.

piers789:
If the Australian classification Board are that erratic with their selection and also their decisions it seems to me like they must have some kind of quota to meet, if only a temporary one at least.

... That explains quite a bit...

Still, damn Atkinson. Just another reason I want a Bill of Rights...

stompy:

piers789:
If the Australian classification Board are that erratic with their selection and also their decisions it seems to me like they must have some kind of quota to meet, if only a temporary one at least.

... That explains quite a bit...

Still, damn Atkinson. Just another reason I want a Bill of Rights...

Being English I'm dubious about Bill of Rights' but at the same time... actually I'm not entirely sure where I'm going with this. Sorry. (It is 2:29am)

MaxTheReaper:
Every time I see the word "banned," I get this feeling that one day, I am going to end up soaked in blood and gore, staring down the people who did the banning, holding only a knife, asking "Why are you making me do this to you?"

Thats the spirit!
Censorship is just a bunch of bullshit, because it is totally subjective, and what one person (or people) think(s) is wrong may be nothing to someone else.

piers789:
Being English I'm dubious about Bill of Rights' but at the same time... actually I'm not entirely sure where I'm going with this. Sorry. (It is 2:29am)

Are you trying to say that, even though you guys have a Bill of Rights, your government is still allowed to place CCTV all throughout London?

Still, it's better than lying down and letting our government take away our right to mediums of expression... hell, another reason why a Bill of Rights would be beneficial is that, if it were to have a clause about freedom of speech, it would mean that our federal government couldn't initiate that firewall they want to.

stompy:

piers789:
Being English I'm dubious about Bill of Rights' but at the same time... actually I'm not entirely sure where I'm going with this. Sorry. (It is 2:29am)

Are you trying to say that, even though you guys have a Bill of Rights, your government is still allowed to place CCTV all throughout London?

Still, it's better than lying down and letting our government take away our right to mediums of expression... hell, another reason why a Bill of Rights would be beneficial is that, if it were to have a clause about freedom of speech, it would mean that our federal government couldn't initiate that firewall they want to.

The CCTV? There's more that I care to think about. In inner cities its out of control; luckily I live in Dorset.

About the Bill, I agree, a freedom of speech act would be beneficial. But who would write the Bill? Surely the government would put in what they wanted and leave out what others might want.

Just out of curiosity, what is the firewall about? I must admit my Australian politics are up to much.

Grayjack72:
Australia really is strict on Video Games.

Tell us about it...
Hell, I'd say it's an understatement.

piers789:
The CCTV? There's more that I care to think about. In inner cities its out of control; luckily I live in Dorset.

About the Bill, I agree, a freedom of speech act would be beneficial. But who would write the Bill? Surely the government would put in what they wanted and leave out what others might want.

Just out of curiosity, what is the firewall about? I must admit my Australian politics are up to much.

This should contain the information about the proposed Internet filter.

And, about the Bill, you're right in saying that, should the government write the Bill, then they'd have the ability to put in things that only them. But, wouldn't it be more likely that a separate branch of the the Commonwealth would be tasked with writing this Bill, most likely the judiciary?

Man though this game itself doesn't look that great i do real sorry for all the games you aussies have to go without because of you classification board which seems to have hopped up on some seriously good drugs to be this random with game banning

Indigo_Dingo:
It stumbles where Painkiller got through because its graphics aren't woefully primitive.

Uh, Painkiller was released quite a while ago. When it was first released the graphics were pretty damn impressive. It was also impressive how well it ran on older systems.

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