Hang on, weren’t we behind all of this? Last we checked, our gaming brethren Down Under had won the timeless war for the right to buy video games made for gamers older than 15. Honestly, if I had a Rand for every article I’ve written about how backwards and LOL-worthy the Australian Classification Board is, I’d have at least… R12 or something. And that’s worth, like, a cheeseburger at MacDonald’s last time I checked.
So why is Saints Row 4 being refused classification thereby earning it the dubious honour of being the first title snubbed by the newly revamped ACB ratings? Because it’s naughty, that’s why. According to acting director Donald McDonald (seriously? His parents were mean), Saints Row 4 “includes interactive, visual depictions of implied sexual violence which are not justified by context.” Furthermore, the game apparently features “illicit or proscribed drug use”. And drugs are bad, mmmkay.
The more things change the more they stay the same, right? If you want to keep score though, the new classification rules have resulted in 17 games getting the R18+ rating and being given the greenlight for sale in Australia.