Fable Anniversary Receives R18+ Rating in Australia

Fable Anniversary Receives R18+ Rating in Australia

Fable Anniversary

Fable Anniversary's Darkwood Bordello warrants the ten thousand kangaroo aneurisms needed for an Australian R18+ classification.

The core Fable games have consistently received Mature ratings from the ESRB, but they're not Mature in the same way Grand Theft Auto V was. Sure, there's some innuendo and fade-to-black sexual content, but it's not quite the "Hot Coffee" levels of scandal that people normally watch for. That is, unless you happen to be in Australia, and the game in question is Fable Anniversary. Apparently a medieval-themed bordello scene, one cut from the original game, now warrants the ten thousand kangaroo aneurisms required for the controversial R18+ rating.

Fable Anniversary's R18+ rating centers around Darkwood Bordello, an in-game brothel previously exclusive to Fable: The Lost Chapters. According to a report from Player Attack, a spokesperson stated that Darkwood's "sex related to incentives and rewards" was the deciding factor for Australia's Classification Board. That's prostitution, in case you weren't certain, which male characters can pay for or dress in a female costume to participate in. In fact, the character's sex scene with an NPC named Grope was the most damning factor, "[exceeding] what can be accommodated at the MA15+ classification". The Board does acknowlege, however, that Fable's fade-to-black policy applies to Darkwood's sexual content.

It's possible that Fable Anniversary's classification will be revaluated at some point, given that ratings for 12 other games are being questioned due to violent content. Still, it's worth noting that if Fable Anniversary had come out last year, this single scene might have prevented the game from being released altogether.

Source: Australian Classification Board, via Polygon

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Ah, good ol' Australia: the outback, poisonous bugs and uptight game-rating classifiers...

Fanghawk:
Grant Theft Auto V

Now that's a game I would play! A game revolving around three Grants. Grant Imahara of Mythbusters, Grant Holt, the footballer that plays for Norwich and Hugh Grant.

...

Anyway, like you said, at least it managed to get a rating as not that long ago, it might not have.

No mention of those poor, delicious crunchy chicks? Shocking! And I never would have thought that Fable would get an 18 rating, especially for the 'sex'. Then again I never played Lost Chapters so maybe it's a total fuck-fest. I might have to try out the Anniversary edition for research or something.

Andy Shandy:

Fanghawk:
Grant Theft Auto V

Now that's a game I would play! A game revolving around three Grants. Grant Imahara of Mythbusters, Grant Holt, the footballer that plays for Norwich and Hugh Grant.

...

Anyway, like you said, at least it managed to get a rating as not that long ago, it might not have.

Fixed! Thanks.

I find it ironic in the 'backward' country where sex is demonized (ie. America), it probably has the best policy when it comes to censorship and such.

I feel really bad for Yahtzee and Rubber Ross, though. (Yes, I know Ross lives in America now, but he still had to deal with this for a long time)

The Apple BOOM:
I find it ironic in the 'backward' country where sex is demonized (ie. America), it probably has the best policy when it comes to censorship and such.

I feel really bad for Yahtzee and Rubber Ross, though. (Yes, I know Ross lives in America now, but he still had to deal with this for a long time)

Yahtzee is over 18. No problem there.

I don't have a problem with this, the game has mature content, it gets a mature rating. The ratings board has firm guidelines regarding rewards tied to sex or drug use. That said Fable on PC was pretty tame, shitty, but tame.

"which male characters pay for or female characters can participate in as a career path."

Correct me if I'm wrong, but you can't play as a female in Fable 1.

Well, that Pimp Hat from the Demon Door is a damn tempting incentive and reward for scandalous fade-to-black romps indeed.

But I'm glad to see that sacrificing innocent travellers, whom you are charged to protect, for the Evil God was not a deciding factor in this. Dodged a bullet there.

RikuoAmero:
"which male characters pay for or female characters can participate in as a career path."

Correct me if I'm wrong, but you can't play as a female in Fable 1.

You're not wrong, it's technically a male character in a female costume. But you're right, that's not correctly stated. Thanks!

octafish:

The Apple BOOM:
I find it ironic in the 'backward' country where sex is demonized (ie. America), it probably has the best policy when it comes to censorship and such.

I feel really bad for Yahtzee and Rubber Ross, though. (Yes, I know Ross lives in America now, but he still had to deal with this for a long time)

Yahtzee is over 18. No problem there.

I don't have a problem with this, the game has mature content, it gets a mature rating. The ratings board has firm guidelines regarding rewards tied to sex or drug use. That said Fable on PC was pretty tame, shitty, but tame.

This type of censorship doesn't just affect minors, though. Many companies take things out of their games for German and Australian releases to get blow the AO rating, and that directly affects older players.

RikuoAmero:
"which male characters pay for or female characters can participate in as a career path."

Correct me if I'm wrong, but you can't play as a female in Fable 1.

Maybe they're changing that for Fable Anniversary.

I'm sitting here, in my computer room in Australia looking at my gaming shelf. On said gaming shelf is Fable - The Lost Chapters.
Rating: MA15+.
Purchased in Australia 6 yrs ago. If they must be wrong let them be consistently so.

I'm glad they have an R18+ for games though, as it was successfully blocked for 10+ yrs. But get this the people responsible for the block were the Australian Christian lobby and the Pornography industry. hmmmmm mixed agendas much?

Atleast the game has been released and not just blocked outright.

DaGobbo:
I'm sitting here, in my computer room in Australia looking at my gaming shelf. On said gaming shelf is Fable - The Lost Chapters.
Rating: MA15+.
Purchased in Australia 6 yrs ago. If they must be wrong let them be consistently so.

The trouble is that that was released before the R18 rating and that the censors shoved nearly everything in the M15 label, even some things that I as a gamer thought deserved an R18.

So in effect all Michael Atkinson really did was allow youngish teens to buy games that anywhere else they wouldn't have been able to purchase.

I expect a few more changes if other HD re-releases come out.

Wait, if you dress up as a lady you can be a prostitute?
Huh. Neat. I thought those clothes were just for the humour factor.

"Ten thousand kangaroo aneurisms"; a metaphor used not once but twice in one short article. I'm used to finding biased reporting on the Escapist, from time to time - heck, that's fine, it keeps it fresh - but this is not only unnecessarily demeaning and derogatory, such repetition is also just poor style.

Reed Spacer:
Ah, good ol' Australia: the outback, poisonous bugs and uptight game-rating classifiers...

To be fair, it's not (just) the classifying board. After all, they're just enacting the laws that decide what kinds of violence and sex can be shown to minors. And Australia being a democracy, the mandate for those laws ultimately lies with the citizens, so that if there was a huge outrage about sexual censorship, the citizens could just rise up and elect a government which would remove these censorship laws.
As it stands, it's actually old people and conservative Christians who are the ones outraged, but then about the amount of exposure young teenagers are getting to sexual content. And this is not a trend limited to Australia. There's talk in Britain of restricting access to internet porn and Iceland is deliberating about banning porn altogether.
Whatever your stance is on this (individual) issue, it's clear that this is part of a much wider social debate. So it's not fair to make the ratings board the scapegoat for things that are beyond its control.

Ed130:

DaGobbo:
I'm sitting here, in my computer room in Australia looking at my gaming shelf. On said gaming shelf is Fable - The Lost Chapters.
Rating: MA15+.
Purchased in Australia 6 yrs ago. If they must be wrong let them be consistently so.

The trouble is that that was released before the R18 rating and that the censors shoved nearly everything in the M15 label, even some things that I as a gamer thought deserved an R18.

So in effect all Robert Atkinson really did was allow youngish teens to buy games that anywhere else they wouldn't have been able to purchase.

I expect a few more changes if other HD re-releases come out.

Dudes name was Michael Atkinson, but yes you are correct in the net effect of his "good intentions."

To be fair this game includes:
A brothel,
Hetro Sex,
Homo Sex,
Bi Sex,
Crossdressing,
Alcoholism,
Gambling,
Murder of innocents, (including that hobb cave kid),
Slumblording,
Imprisonment,
Torture,
General twisted bad behaviour (betrayal, stealing, ect)

Sure this game is a lot less serious and way more light hearted than GTA, but from the list above it's not that far off. The only thing GTA beats it out on is the swearing really.

seule:

Ed130:

The trouble is that that was released before the R18 rating and that the censors shoved nearly everything in the M15 label, even some things that I as a gamer thought deserved an R18.

So in effect all Robert Atkinson really did was allow youngish teens to buy games that anywhere else they wouldn't have been able to purchase.

I expect a few more changes if other HD re-releases come out.

Dudes name was Michael Atkinson, but yes you are correct in the net effect of his "good intentions."

Oops, thanks for the heads up.

The funniest part is that even with the R18 tier in place a couple of games have gotten the lower rating compared to the rest of the world.

His stupidity may be gone from office but his legacy still enables young teens to get the Deadpool game.

although apart from Deadpool fans the main demographic would be 15 year olds anyway.

For a nation with legalized prostitution, this fuss over an in game bordello is rather confusing.

warrants the ten thousand kangaroo aneurisms needed for an Australian R18+ classification.

Enjoyed your own joke so much you had to use it twice huh?

Also pretty sure you used warrants wrong. It means justify, authorise or allow. In other words the ten thousand kangaroo aneurysms would warrant an R18+ cert.

Fanghawk:
Still, it's worth noting that if Fable Anniversary had come out last year, this single scene might have prevented the game from being released altogether.

I'm not so sure about that. Considering Fable: The Lost Chapters was released here without an issue the first time around, I suspect that they would have just dropped it with an MA15+ rating. Unless there's more content in the Bordello scene than was in the original.

Angelous Wang:
To be fair this game includes:
A brothel,
Hetro Sex,
Homo Sex,
Bi Sex,
Crossdressing,
Alcoholism,
Gambling,
Murder of innocents, (including that hobb cave kid),
Slumblording,
Imprisonment,
Torture,
General twisted bad behaviour (betrayal, stealing, ect)

Sure this game is a lot less serious and way more light hearted than GTA, but from the list above it's not that far off. The only thing GTA beats it out on is the swearing really.

Yeah, it was a really good game. Not for the fact that it had all those things, but that it actually managed to pull off all of them in a tasteful or humorous manner.

Something I find ridiculous is the fact that Fable: The lost chapters featured the exact same scenes and quests that are mentioned as the reason for the R rating, but it only received an M rating, meaning that its sale wasn't restricted in any way, shape or form. The only thing I can think of is that 10 years later the people in charge of classification are now exponentially more prudish

Eldritch Warlord:

RikuoAmero:
"which male characters pay for or female characters can participate in as a career path."

Correct me if I'm wrong, but you can't play as a female in Fable 1.

Maybe they're changing that for Fable Anniversary.

Unfortunately Lionhead confirmed that you would only be able to play as a male character, simply because that's how the original game was.

Reference: http://forum.lionhead.com/yaf_postst144_Fable-Anniversary-FAQ.aspx

I'm pretty sure that bordello was present in a special edition version of the original, it wasn't just added in for the Anniversary HD remake. Still, it hardly warrants a R18+ rating. It seems the OLFC are gung ho on making sure this new R18+ rating for games is worth all the fuss. Hopefully the novelty will wear off for them and they'll start sensibly classifying games.

Nicolaus99:
For a nation with legalized prostitution, this fuss over an in game bordello is rather confusing.

yeah, talk about double standards!
(Then again, it was legalized to protect the prostitutes, not because the Australian goverment wants all guys to be-able to get their leg over!)

CriticalMiss:
Then again I never played Lost Chapters so maybe it's a total fuck-fest. I might have to try out the Anniversary edition for research or something.

You've missed out on some of the hottest fade to black sex with moaning voice over that ever graced gaming, my pervy side weeps for yours.

Darkwood Bordello forever!

 

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