F.E.A.R. 2 Banned In Australia

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F.E.A.R. 2 Banned In Australia

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It's getting to be an old story: F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin has been refused a rating by the Office of Film and Literature Classification in Australia.

Few details have emerged at this point, although we've asked both the OFLC and F.E.A.R. 2 publisher Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment for insight on the issue. In some ways the refusal of a classification isn't too surprising; the original F.E.A.R., released in 2005, was bloody, spooky and crazy violent. But it was also given an MA15+ rating in Australia, clearing it for sale to teenagers with no fuss that I can recall.

So what's happened with F.E.A.R. 2? Either Monolith has really stepped up the blood-n-guts factor, or the OFLC is becoming more restrictive about what it does, and does not, allow on store shelves Down Under. I honestly don't know which it is, but I can't shake the feeling that we're seeing stories about "refused classification" games in Australia coming out with increasing frequency. Games On Net says this is the fifth release this year to be turned down by the OFLC: Dark Sector and Fallout 3 were both edited to appease the censors, while Shellshock 2 and Silent Hill: Homecoming remain banned.

Are improvements in technology that drive ever-increasing levels of realism in games to blame? Or is it the shift to a more "cinematic" narrative, which presumably creates more immersive, and therefore dangerous, experiences? Not that it's easy to nail down decisions like these when the criteria behind them is specious at best: When a game is banned not because of the exploding skulls, shotgun vivisections and hacked-up bodies hung from meathooks on walls and ceilings, but because a healing agent in the game is called morphine instead of "generic game-appropriate first aid," something is very wrong.

We'll keep an eye on this and update with details as they become available.

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I am so sick of hearing this. As an australian, i am outraged at the constant refusals. The problem lies in one, and only one minister, who is holding back ANY talks of even CONSIDERING implementing an R-rating in videogames.

He's a right wing nut-job for those who couldn't figure it out just from his actions. A few times a year, the issue is raised again, and he shoots it down. Under our laws, a unanimous vote is needed to change the rating system.

Utterly ridiculous.

*headdesk*

Anyone who is shocked is an idiot.

WHERE THE FUCK IS THE 18+ RATING. Honestly, that game wouldn't have been banned if that rating existed, but no, it all lies down to one idiotic minister.

The amount of games that are being refused a rating is starting to get ridiculous. It seems every couple weeks we hear a new story like this. I don't agree with, but can understand it in some games. However it just seems stupid for this to happen to games like Fear and Fallout 3.

Once this would have raised alarm bells to me. Now im almost more surprised when 'mature' games arnt banned by the OLFC. Liberal democracy is at its best when its at its most hypocritical :-)

Fuck you Atkinson. As an Aussie, I'm getting sick of this.

Well, if giant spiders and mammoth-sized cockroaches weren't reason enough for me to stay out of Aussieville, one of the half-dozen games I am actually looking forward too has been banned...

Austalia is communist now? I thought only China and Cuba ban various media. WEAK!

Oi! Warner! And publishers of the world in general. Remember that the Australia market for videogames is puny and small in the grand scheme of things. Don't bother releasing a cut-down version. Don't waste the time and effort. Simply release the game complete and uncut without region protection in Asia/NZ and let the people who would have paid money for the thing anyway will get it on import. You win, the consumer wins and the OFLC can go die in a fire.

Oh sure, you can cry "Teh piratezzzzz!?$#[email protected]?" until the cows come home to roost, but the filthy, stinking pirates of this country are going to pirate the thing regardless, so you might as well ignore them as a statistical anomaly and think of the benefit for those anti-censor warriors who are using the argument "If you ban a game, people will go pirate the pants off it" to talk sense into these dinosaurs.

I work for an Australian Gaming retailer, and I can tell you that this is really starting to get very old, very quickly. The amount of games that are refused classification nowadays is just starting to get beyond a joke.

The thing is, that Atkison (the minister that is stopping any talks for an R18+ raiting for games) is saying that with no R18+ raiting, we protect children from this more mature content. The funny thing is that a recent survey is that the average age of gamers is 28, and that 90% of pearents will go with their children to buy games, so they know what they are playing.

Now as a specialist retailer, I make sure that when someone comes to buy a MA15+ game, I ask for ID, or for their pearents. Why go this far? To ensure that they are purchasing products that are suitable for them. Now larger retailers such as Big W, K-Mart and Target couldn't give a stuff about this, particually the Big W that I compete against locally, as it's happened to me.

So rather then trying to do the job of pearents, and exluding the majority of specialist retailers who do the right thing (lets face it, GAME, GameTraders and EB Games stores are popping up everywhere now), and the face that the majority of Australians, including non gamers, SUPPORT the introduction of an R18+ system, how about we stop trying to censor media, and give people the product the way it was ment to be experianced. We are old enough and ugly enough to make our own decisions about this.

s3cur1tr0n:
Austalia is communist now? I thought only China and Cuba ban various media. WEAK!

Don't joke about that. Some prick is trying to censor our internet great firewall style.

Someone has to HURT that prick Atkinson. Seriously.
Why ban F.E.A.R 2 when F.E.A.R is still on shelves and kicking ass? Or is the laughable classification system too blind to see them?
*sees Dead Space*
LOOK!

Bloody hell! Hand me the morphine...

the Australian Gov. pisses me off. If I lived there I would really try to get some real protest going

Oh you're shitting me?! I've been following this game for a while and was really looking forward to it. That's it, I'm moving! I can't take this cencorship bullshit anymore!

the reason piracy exists. then again im an evil bastard

Why am I totally not surprised? *sigh...*

rougeknife:

s3cur1tr0n:
Austalia is communist now? I thought only China and Cuba ban various media. WEAK!

Don't joke about that. Some prick is trying to censor our internet great firewall style.

Who's joking?

I am truly sorry to all Australians. Living in Canada I cannot even imagine your hardships if there was anything I could do I wish there was something we all could do to help you.

buy teh haloz:
WHERE THE FUCK IS THE 18+ RATING. Honestly, that game wouldn't have been banned if that rating existed, but no, it all lies down to one idiotic minister.

Due to some politicians in certain states *cough*SA*cough*, it's unlikely that we'll get a R18+ rating for our games.

I'm thinking that at the next election, gamers should put forth the idea to the competing Prime Ministers the idea of R18+ in games considering the stuff that passes for M15+ on television.

lukemdizzle:
the Australian Gov. pisses me off. If I lived there I would really try to get some real protest going

Protesting doesn't really work with such a miniority. I think that instead of the Australia Sex Party (an actual political party in Australia) we need an Australian Gamer Party that works to make the R18+ rating we deserve.

Wow it's actually banned?
Is this normal is Austrlia or this a special situation, because I don't see anything in the game the already hasn't been done.

It's so ironic that, of all places, Australia looks down on violence the hardest...

Anyway, the OP hit the nail on the head about people getting worked up about drugs or sex, but not caring much about the extreme violence. It's very true in America as well.

It's like Marlene Dietrich said: "In America, sex is an obsession. In the rest of the world, it is a fact."

You know, only 1% of games are refused classification in Australia. People who are against the R18+ classification say that if you really want a game that's been banned, you can just import it. Theoretically there's a law prohibiting the import of banned games, but customs officers are pretty lax about it.

Meh i'll just buy it online. Still sucks we have no R rating though. IMO gaming is an art form their for it should have no resrictions.

My offer to lead a protest still stands.

Hey Joe:
You know, only 1% of games are refused classification in Australia. People who are against the R18+ classification say that if you really want a game that's been banned, you can just import it. Theoretically there's a law prohibiting the import of banned games, but customs officers are pretty lax about it.

Only the Ps3 and the PC can do that. And I still need a contact in America to send me stuff.

This is why I like America: If they(the Government) pulled that crap, for a large amount of things, riots would break out ,and the government could face a guerrilla war on a cocktail of PCP, peyote, and steroids.

Does Australia censor all media? Books, movies, newspapers, etc?

s3cur1tr0n:
Does Australia censor all media? Books, movies, newspapers, etc?

Nope. At least not to my knowledge. I mean this book I'm reading right now "1984" it's great. It's all about this great government that saves everyone from evil people that try and rebel. They do evil things like think for themselves... their vile horrible people and for a second it looks like everything will end but then the Government with special police comes and saves the day. Yay! Everyone lived happily ever after. It's not censored at all.

Anyway, this sucks. I'm not a fan of Fear (although I was thinking of picking it up) and don't really care about the sequel but I'm still against banning games. Any game really, no matter how shitty it is.

I bet it's because in the surgery scene the words "anesthetic" or "morphine" get used.

Programmed_For_Damage:
Bloody hell! Hand me the med-x...

Censorfixed ;D

fluffylandmine:
This is why I like America: If they(the Government) pulled that crap, for a large amount of things, riots would break out ,and the government could face a guerrilla war on a cocktail of PCP, peyote, and steroids.

So it's okay if they pull this crap for a small amount of things, you're saying? Where do you draw the line between small and large?

s3cur1tr0n:
Austalia is communist now? I thought only China and Cuba ban various media. WEAK!

Well the labor (labour?) party is rooted in communism.

In reality this is just another CS-Cowboy (pardon the alcohol reference) who doesn't want to raise his children/nieces/nephews/cat properly but thinks that banning shit will work better.

I'm sorry Monolith, but I'll be pirating this - if any mono-employee's are reading this (hey or any other gaming company) is there going to be a way I can pirate the hardware and buy a CD key or something? Thus getting around Australia's dumb restrictions. Happy to pay full price.

Perhaps some americans will import the game for me.

(Please note, as a programmer I understand full well the implications of piracy and how much it can or can not hurt a company. I do not advocate breaking the law [most of the time], but things like this are just begging for it)

It's not that big a deal, you can import pretty much any game these days.

Piemaster:
It's not that big a deal, you can import pretty much any game these days.

It's still better to pick it up locally, if you consider possible shipping charges and all that crap. But then all the same, games in Australia are priced ridiculously.

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