Game Developer Won't Edit 'Aliens vs. Predator' To Appease Australian Censors

from the it's-for-adults dept

Rose M. Welch alerts us to the news that game developer Rebellion has decided not to resubmit an edited version of its game Aliens vs. Predator after it was rejected by the Australian Classification Board for being too violent. The company stated that it agrees the game is not suitable for children:

“We agree strongly that our game is not suitable for game players who are not adults… it is bloody and frightening, that was our intent.”

But Australia apparently doesn’t have an option for such “mature” content, and Rebellion seems to recognize how ridiculous that is:

“We will not be releasing a sanitized or cut down version for territories where adults are not considered by their governments to be able to make their own entertainment choices.”

Hopefully, things like this will make Australia reconsider its censorship of such content.

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Chronno S. Trigger (profile) says:

Re: Re:

They are ether edited or outright banned. That’s the exact reason I got Postal 2 and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. They got banned in Australia and I thought “oh, I need to see what this is about.” Turns out they were two of the better games I’ve played.

So now I need to go out and get AVP. Hopefully Australia won’t do this much longer, it’s only a matter of time before they ban a game that sucks.

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Re: Re: Re:

it was banned in russia because of the level where 4 russian terrorists walk through an airport and slaughter everyone in the airport (men, women, children, everyone) and then kill the player (an american spy) to make it look like the americans were the bad guy so it would touch off an invasion of the US which takes place later in the game. I guess they don’t understand its just a game (pretty violent but still just a game).

Frosty840 says:

The outright daft thing is that Michael Atknison’s stance on clamping down on 18-rated games has caused games rated as 18+ in other countries to be rated 15+ in Australia, making them more easily available to children, while the banned games are disproportionately kept out of the hands of actual adults.

A nicely counterproductive policy there, I’m sure you’ll agree.

Can’t remember if Mike linked this at the time, but here’s a link to one of the stories surrounding the hilariously ill-informed standard reply letter sent to people who question this censorship:

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: You Know - like porn

There’s no problem with buying uncensored versions from online retailers. The OFLC rules only apply to games *sold* in Australia. If you were to, say, buy the US version of a game from Hong Kong, they have no control over it.

The lack of a proper R18+ rating for games just means that they cannot be sold in Australian retail stores, which as a previous poster has already pointed out, means that many such games are tweaked and then released under an M15 classification, often inappropriately. GTA IV and Fallout 3 are prominent examples.

So this absurd rule

a) wastes the developers’ time and money,
b) wastes the gamers’ time and money,
c) costs the retailers in sales and reputation,
d) makes Australia look like a retarded backwater on the world stage,
e) compromises the artistic intent of the game,
f) does nothing to keep the banned games out of the hands of those who really want them,
g) whilst simultaneously making some portion of the games more readily available to kids.

Basically Atkinson is an assclown with no grasp of the situation, or ability to think critically.

Hephaestus (profile) says:

“South Australian Attorney-General Michael Atkinson has become infamous down under as the man who’s blocked an entire country from importing and selling games that are freely available in nearly every other developed country in the world save (on occasion) Germany.”

venezuela will actually have a video game ban starting in early 2010. Australia has it easy compared to them

Anonymous Coward says:

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the venezuela law is aimed to curb the skyrocketing murder rate in that country….

hmmm – it would seem to me that the murder rate might be more due to the fact that their dictator leader is a champion of policies that have impoverished his people, restricted freedoms and killed liberties. I think that is more the reason they have a high murder rate than some stupid video game. When will people learn. Communism and socialism breed violence and poverty. But rather than rise up and defeat communist dictators in Venezuela or bonehead assclowns in Australia or fight against the slide to socialism that this jackass obama is taking us to in the US, I guess it is easier and safer to just blame the video games. Sweet.

Anthony (profile) says:


It’s totally stupid that the Attorney General in every state needs to agree to the law change. It’s a disgrace that games like Modern Warfare 2 and Grand Theft Auto are edited down to the 15+ level rather than allowing in the 18+ version. Bravo on this developer not editing the game. If more developers start refusing to edit, then there might be more action on allowing 18+ games. Unfortunately the ever AG must agree law is in the consitution so the federal government can’t just change the law. Maybe what the federal government should hold a referendum on changing the AG rule, then once passed the government can implement the rating.

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