50 Cent locked out of Oz

Australian regulatory committee refuses classification of Fiddy's shooter; VU Games has option to resubmit game or lose region.

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Last week, 50 Cent went public and said that his game, the M-for-Mature-rated 50 Cent: Bulletproof, was not only okay for minors to play, but it could be used as a teaching tool. Though it is often dangerous to disagree with the former street thug, Australia's Office of Film and Literature Classification is telling the rapper, "No way, mate."

The OFLC has refused classification on 50 Cent: Bulletproof, effectively banning the PlayStation 2 and Xbox game in the country. The game was deemed to be excessively violent, and the OFLC singled out killing victims who moaned or begged for their lives, shooting injured characters as they attempted to crawl away, and blood spattering onto the screen.

VU Games can resubmit a toned-down version of the game and hope it passes with a MA15+ rating, which deems content not suitable for those under the age of 15. Unlike its film ratings, Australia does not have a MA18+ rating for games, meaning that any game containing material not suitable for those under the age of 18 is automatically banned.

Australia has always been pretty tight with its government regulations, limiting the amount of questionable content that is permitted to reach the public. Games such as Duke Nukem 3D, NARC, Grand Theft Auto III, and Manhunt have all been refused classification by the OFLC in the past.

50 Cent: Bulletproof is rated M for Mature in North America, and currently sells for $49.99. A PSP version is also expected to be released soon, but has not yet been rated.

Discussion

66 comments
revo_360
revo_360

...Wow, I had no idea 50 Cent was that stupid.

candykiss83
candykiss83

Holy crap juice bomb, that is the funniest thing i have read all day. THANKS really, thanks. BTW... not only is this game full of useless violence BUT it plain sucks. I have had the honour of playing it .... well the first level, which I then shortly grabbed a bottle of scotch and tried to drink away my expirience (the memory remains). agree with all of you boycot the game, fiddy is only saying these things and getting it banned for PR, unfortunetly it seems to be working. People are buying this garbage. I give up :P

smokey_77
smokey_77

i hate cRapper sh*t. we dont want him here anyway

Nab33l
Nab33l

i was gonna buy but now rating this news i refuse to buy it

Heartless85
Heartless85

his brain must be some sort of a bending machine that accepts 2 quaters and gives out bunch of crap...

pud01
pud01

You know, he probably thinks it's educational probably because the school he might have gone to was a gangster school. lol!

humpmasterflex
humpmasterflex

man i can't wait when final fight fight streetwise disgraces this game so bad

MechaLash
MechaLash

A educational tool? Thats like saying Manhunt will teach me good moral values on how to treat the fellow human being. The game is probly a piece of sh** anyway.

BubbaCole101
BubbaCole101

Come one now can it be that bad. Oh yeah it can I've seen some of the footage and some people told me some of the content in the game. They also gave it a bad review. Yeah its educational. It Shows You How To Create A Bad Video Game. !!!!!G-un hit!!!!!

Karaam
Karaam

Teaching tool my white posterior cheeks!!!! Killing inocent people is teaching kids? 50 cent can go get his back hole plugged.

jaefrmbk2k
jaefrmbk2k

50 cent aka the bullet sponge-that is pretty f***ing funny

anthony_basic
anthony_basic

this game is crap but its selling like hot cake because of these young fanatics of fifty. Hes like EA. Any ffifty fanboy will buy his stuff. I despise those who wear "G-unit" clothes.

iori666
iori666

Hah, I'm still laughing that he actually had the nerve to make his own game. And have you seen the commercials? "His music, his videos, his game." At least Aussies have some sense. :D

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

This game should be banned in all regions for being pure crap.

bladragon
bladragon

THANK U FOR TEACHING MY KIDS 50, bulletproof forever

MeTaL-HeaD
MeTaL-HeaD

50 Cent should be locked and the key should be thrown away or wait it should be destroyed.

Carbito
Carbito

Its good to see the OFLC is protecting our country from bad/stupid games. I hope that they also turn down the "revised" version of the game aswell.

Willo_10
Willo_10

This piece of crap better not be released in my country, good on the OFCL or whatever.......... i no this is one game that doesnt need to be taking up shelf space.

DeuxHero
DeuxHero

never really liked all of todays "hip" and "young" "lingo" when there going "he's tight" and stuff i'm about reddy to call the cops because the way there useing would indcate that there drunk and most of the time there underaged so... >_>

xEviLLyAMuSeDx
xEviLLyAMuSeDx

Can only hope his actions hurt his sales in the end. CD sales as well... Aww, one less cRapper making cd's. Thousands to go,,, :\

killa4life3333
killa4life3333

hey, i live in australia, melbourne to be precise, and im not sad that fiddys game has been banned! Educational my ass, maybe for a gangstaaa....lol! But i hate how we got shafted for the 360 launch and a guy at eb that i know said its not out till march 5th...........(sob sob)...this post mostly bags the tight asses up at microsoft!!!!!

TSkyline5
TSkyline5

I actually agree with Australia, here. I really don't have a problem with violence in games, it's just that 50 so blatantly promotes to children what society has been trying to discourage for years. The last thing kids need to learn is how to profit from crime. Also, this "game" is complete garbage. I suspect things will only get worse, though. I can see it now..."Coming November 2006... R. Kelly: Waterproof."

forever_blank
forever_blank

I Got One Word For Him..... A Few Actually... Are you insane!!!

Lasafrog
Lasafrog

HAHAHA ! juicebomb you rock. Oh, and rumor has it yes, this game is a stinker. I was actually kinda hoping it was going to be good, but looks like not everyone can be Vin Diesel. So far he is the only entertainer to contribute positively to a project like this for gaming. I'll continue to get my rapper beat-down fix at the original Def Jam: Vendetta. WC niya ! :)

nytrospawn
nytrospawn

2 quarters is just whoreing out his products like any other gangster turned rap star would.

PerfectChaos215
PerfectChaos215

Im thinking of dropping out of school now. I'll just study this game and get my Wanna-be-gangsta degree later..

19951549264387769594559160389315-PooPuck
19951549264387769594559160389315-PooPuck

LOL someone needs to take 50 Cent to school....and I mean real school. This one of these games that the media realy should see as big on violace in games. This uneducated sucker wanna tel us this game is educational. O....I am sure GameSpot will support him...Thank's for deleting my review you guys.

Suffere
Suffere

ROFL... seriosly "teaching tool" HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA God Bless America!!!

elie05
elie05

Us aussies do have an R18+ rating but its only for movies, any game with that rating is banned.

torres_unix
torres_unix

LOL - I can't believe it's icons like him that our younger generation are following. Man, and he's even got a dumb movie obviously not suited for the average American. Man, call his game educational? It makes the GTA series look like a bunch of Barney flicks.

outsidethewall
outsidethewall

"..killing victims who moaned or begged for their lives" Wow. That's pretty evil. Virtually killing people in cold blood, all in the name of education? Sounds pretty cool! Or not...

n2Deepeth
n2Deepeth

Hahaha, juicebomb's post was hilarious! Everyone has to read it. "Daddy, why is that man crawling on the ground?" "Well, little Johnny, he's a punk with no class, so he needs to be taught a final lesson, but 50 is low on RPG ammo, so we'll pistol-whip him with the dual-wield 9mm's instead." "Thank you for teaching me, Daddy. Now I will think twice about wasting precious ammunition on incapacitated foes. Now I can be a better citizen of the global village." "Son, I love you like a fat kid loves cake."

Unassigned
Unassigned

I guess Australia and the USA have alot in common. Neither of them like this guy or what he stands for. He's Done.. Put him in the "has-been" vault and throw away the key.

Ryrock
Ryrock

I honestly think that Australia's taking the right path in the midst of all this.

Sold1er543
Sold1er543

I love how they wrote FIDDY CENT!!Dont ya just love em!

CheeseBurn
CheeseBurn

Lucky Australians...not having to put up with this crappy game... But in all seriousness, folks, Australia banning games with the equivalent of an "M" rating here in the USA is just asinine, especially considering that Australia was founded by criminals.

xxPantherxx
xxPantherxx

I need to see a 20 minute video review with Jeff Bashing on the game for the whole 20 minutes.. please..

xs101uk
xs101uk

I'm amazed that once being a crack dealer and a gangster can actually rise to stardom and have his own game and label. It's like we're reverting all the way back to the age of Mobsters and the Mafia who can wontonly kill anyone and yet become superstars to the public. Only in America...

MrCHUP0N
MrCHUP0N

As an avid fan of hip hop, 50's music has always been thrown in the "whenever I feel like breaking my subwoofer" playlist. It's rap for dummies, and its rightful home is in clubs and that's it. He's not even the most talented one in his own crew (Lloyd Banks). And like everyone else, I think - no, know - his ridiculous "it's safe for kids" comment was just a meager attempt to boost sales. But let's wait for peoples' verdicts on this. Just because it stars a rapper whose music isn't the most insightful doesn't mean it'll automatically be a bad game. Though I read a negative review on it, surprisingly most of the criticisms were more that it was derivative and a bit too picky in some spots, rather than it being outright horrible. Regardless, I still think the idea was and is ludicrous... kinda like that old FPS Kiss Psycho Circus or the Rap Jamz SNES basketball game.

ProfessorK
ProfessorK

Australia sucks, they ban all the good games. But wait, they have kangaroos so it's all good B)

Geek12
Geek12

Looks like australia is the smarter country in this incident. (Eduational!??)

Spike151
Spike151

50 cent is posion to the youth, and to say this game can be educational, i pity him, how low can you go just to sell more copies. Anyway Australia you won't miss anything the game gonna suck.

valenz
valenz

Fiftys comments are some of the stupidest i've ever seen. Anything to sell out huh 50? Minors playing it, what an idiot, what are you supposed to tell your kids. shot that wanksta! Hes runnin away shot him! Aim for the head you n00b!

zmaster200x
zmaster200x

50's common sense is like wanting to utilize the hot coffee mod as a sex-ed tool in schools... LOL