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The Aussies Don’t Approve Of Drug Use In ‘State Of Decay’

In the last 24 hours, the Australian Classification Board has managed to deny that lovely, ginormous spider infested country from not one, but two major titles. The first to be refused classification was Saints Row IV, because of alien anal probing, and now State of Decay has met the same, albeit temporary, fate.

The reason behind this blasphemy? Drug use. In State of Decay, you heal yourself using various drugs scavenged from the world. Everything from Ibuprofen to Morphine can be used to heal your character after they’ve taken damage. Apparently, that’s not okay. Details after the break.

Jeff Strain, executive producer at Undead Labs, confirmed they’re trying to remedy the issue, “We’re working with Microsoft to come up with options, including changing names of certain medications in the game to comply with ratings requirements. Whatever our path forward, it’s going to take a bit.

“I know this is frustrating — believe me, we’re frustrated too — but each country has the right to set its own rules about content, and it’s our responsibility to comply with them. Rest assured we’ll do everything we can to find a way to get the game into your hands. Stay tuned.”

It’s a shame, because this is a really good game that shouldn’t be kept from people because of something as silly as healing items. At least it’s doing remarkably well, even without Australian gamers’ hard-earned money.

Hopefully this will be resolved soon.

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  • huntermc

    Watch for them to be replaced with generic health packs for the Aussie version.

  • Mives

    Ive got no issue with the Saints Row ban. Choosing to anally rape someone with a weapon isn’t what I would call inspired game play mechanics. The State of Decay ban is a little more worrisome thorough, the R18+ classification would cover this in movies but having the player actually make the decision in game to use drugs makes it a no go. This happened for Fallout 3 and was adjusted accordingly.

    • weresmurf

      The SR4 one doesn’t worry me (Im aussie) it’s kind of a situation where it crosses a personal boundary for me (shoving a probe up someones arse and anal raping them in a game isn’t exactly high on my list of things to do… I prefer the comical way in DESTROY ALL HUMANS, same result, more hilarity) but this indeed worries me. Saints Row was released, part 1, and you could drink booze and smoke blunts for health, it wasn’t banned. Fallout 3 you could still take ‘stims’ and get health back? Hell, in GTA IV you could get drunk. This is just silly to me.

  • shutupanplay

    I’m an Aussie and the Australian classification board can eat a dick!

    • shutupanplay

      Ohh wait they have already refused classification on eating dick…

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