Gamers have got annoyed at the Australian Classification Board for some time. They have a tendency to not classify games, therefore banning them in Australia, for some time. A reason to this was attributed to their not being [effectively] an 18 rating.
But that changed this year with the creating of the R18+ rating.
So the soon to be released “Grand Theft Auto V” will be released with an R18+ rating, the first time for the series. The past “GTA” games have been given a MA15+ rating but didn’t really come out unscathed. [Until it was released on PC for some reason.]
But “Saint’s Row IV” went to the board three times and only was cleared for classification the third time through. It wasn’t allowed classification ‘because of drug uses in connection to rewards and incentives’. But when it was cleared, they only took out one mission and it was given an MA15+ rating. So one mission was the difference between an MA15+ rating and being banned. Deep Silver said:
“Deep Silver and [local distributor] AIE are pleased to report that the Australian Classification Board has now approved Saints Row IV for sale. They have granted the game a MA15+ rating. To achieve this rating one loyalty mission featuring the character Shaundi has been removed. This mission has been widely reported on and contains the use of alien narcotics to obtain certain superpowers. This mission represents approximately 20 minutes of gameplay out of the hours available to purchasers. The removal of this mission has no negative impact on the story or the superpowers and will not detract from the enjoyment players will get from their Saints Row IV experience. The rectifier weapon will be available as part of a DLC package as originally intended. Deep Silver respects this decision and thanks the Australian Classification Board for their assistance with this matter.“
Living in the UK I haven’t seem many games get banned. I find it strange that the ACB drew an arbitrary line with drug use but didn’t with the nudity, violence, swearing and sexual references that are also in the game.