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Submitted by BozoLoco 765d ago | opinion piece

The banning of Saints Row 4 and the problem with government standards of morality

MMGN writes: Unless you’ve been living under a rock you’ll have heard that Saints Row IV was given the big red stamp of disapproval from the Australian Government Classification Board. Unsurprisingly the game’s banning has to do with one of its many gratuitous weapons — in this case an anal probe — and the use of drugs, incentivised through reward.

The Refused Classification verdict has caused quite the furor among gamers and media commentators alike, although the response seems mixed as it treads the backwater of political pestering and the historical context of censorship in Australia. (PC, PS3, Saints Row 4, Xbox 360)

shivvy24  +   765d ago
so i cant get this game cause of an anal probe ! we already have the R18 classification ! meh importing is simple !
ICC_06  +   765d ago
It's all about how it was used "without context". You'll be able to run over hookers in GTA V because Rockstar will show it has context as a badass mo-fo and that there are consequences for doing that. Therefore, it's fine.

Stupid system.
nick309  +   765d ago
Countires are allowing really violent movies but when it comes to games they just wanna ban them , ****ed up world, i rather live with dinosours.
MRMagoo123  +   765d ago
IMHO the game looks like it has taken a wrong turn anyway, it used to be for me at least a light hearted version of gta games but now from what i have seem its gone completely of the tracks.I usually get each one but this time i was gonna give it a miss anyway.
trouble_bubble  +   765d ago
wtf Australia, it's tongue in cheek Saints Row, not Human Centipede The Game. Crikey
CrossingEden  +   765d ago
lol, an anal probe
ufo8mycat  +   765d ago
You can easily just import it or login with a fake US XBL or PS3 account and download it when its available

It really isnt a big deal.
Julianodecalvo  +   765d ago
This sux - there is a reason we have an 18+ rating and that is because adults have the right to decide what content they wish to see based on whether or not they choose to buy the product, not whether or not the government says they can.

I have seen much worse in a movie than I have ever seen in a game and I don't appreciate my right to choose being taken away.

As long as no one person is being harmed in the making of a game/movie and the content is marked/classified appropriately for the target age then I reserve the right to choose what I watch and I am shocked and very disturbed by the fact that my government thinks they know better than me what I should and shouldn't watch.

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