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Fallout 3 to be Banned in Australia?
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GameSpot is reporting that hugely-anticipated role playing title Fallout 3 may be subjected to the Australian government's notorious ban hammer.
WhileGameSpot is careful to add that the Fallout 3 ban is still a rumor atthis point, it points to a seemingly well-informed post in its PC Games Forum:

Ihave a friend that works for the government body here in Australia thatreviews movies, books, music, magazines games... I wastold by my friend that Fallout 3 has just very recently gone throughthe initial review process by the board of the OFLC and has beenrefused classification...

Apparently the game includesthe use of Morphine by your character. (I assume as some sort of"healthpack" or "stimpack"). By all accounts this did not sit well withthe Board as the portrayal of the unregulated use of proscribedsubstances is a bit of a no no and will damage the fragile minds ofAustralia's game-playing populace.

The key issue here isthat, unlike movies, our computer game classification ratings only goas far as MA 15+... But due to our archaic and conservative laws, wedon't have a computer game R 18+ rating and thus Fallout 3 and gameslike it will continue to be Refused Classification.

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