South Park: The Stick of Truth uses crying koala picture to circumvent Australian censors

Multiple attempts to get the game past Australian classification were proving problematic.

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The Australian release of oft-delayed RPG South Park: The Stick of Truth is said to have been censored in the country, after multiple attempts from Ubisoft and developer Obsidian to appease the ratings board.

Player Attack has reported on the game's struggles with the Australian ratings board. The scenes in question revolve predominantly around an event where characters are probed in their nether regions by aliens, while the probes in question "visually resemble penises". A scene involving an abortion clinic was also problematic.

Volition's Saints Row IV ran into similar problems earlier this year after the game was refused classification in Australia due to an alien anal probe weapon.

After multiple attempts to modify the scene for the censors, the game still failed to pass even at Australia's recently introduced adults-only ratings.

It is now claimed that the Australian version of South Park: The Stick of Truth replaces the scene with a textual description of events--with evocative lines such as "aliens forcibly probe your rectum with a dildo-shaped probe," "probe his ass with violent force," and "causing his anal probe to penetrate him over and over"--with an image of a crying koala in the background.

While this is happening, "censored" is reported to flash up on the screen in big red letters.

The oft-delayed South Park: The Stick of Truth is currently due to be released on March 4, 2014.

Discussion

178 comments
Razarealm
Razarealm

boooo ratings, boooo ratings board, booooooooooooo

Flaon
Flaon

R18 rating has been made completely useless

isshiah
isshiah

I knew things wouldn't change here. Damn it all to hell in a nice decorative bouquet of dead, smelly flowers!

Nintendo_Man
Nintendo_Man moderator moderator

PC mods will fix this problem.

tightwad34
tightwad34

Oh, South Park. You will always be yourself. Mocking something to get a completely valid point across. Don't ever change.

sevencowsmoo
sevencowsmoo

It's a bit annoying that things like this can't even get an R rating, but the thing that they replaced it with sounds pretty funny anyway so I'm sure I'll manage.

Pondelicious
Pondelicious

People make out that Australia has massive issues with censorship in games. We really don't. Sure, stuff like this is annoying but the fact is countries such as Germany have way more strict classification boards.

nomadski69
nomadski69

This would be hilarious if it wasn't so serious for Australian gamers who seem to be treated like the most remedial of children, even with the "Adult" rating enabled.


Although the way the Australian cricketers and media acted like jackasses these last few weeks I think I'll change my stance and go with hilarious.


Seriously though, bad for Aussie gamers that they live under such an umbrella of insane censorship.


(Ok, it is a bit hilarious)

XNEXUS666X
XNEXUS666X

It's just that the classification nannies haven't been bribed by corporate lobbyists yet, when it becomes economically viable you'll see them change their tune, but right now the population isn't quite big enough to validate any such incentives for these uptight old creeps.

Saketume
Saketume

Aussie adults aren't capable of handling cartoons and video games yet, it seems. Good thing mommy government is there to protect you.

Yomigaeru
Yomigaeru

Failed to pass even as an "adult-only" rated game? What kind of standards do they have that would prohibit something relatively tame in an adult-only product?


This is starting to sound like they just have a problem with South Park...

Tanares
Tanares

OMG... this is hilarious!

ThePowerOfHAT
ThePowerOfHAT

Okay, I kind of just want the Australian version now.  Or at least the option to enable that version of the scene.

Rhys4Peace
Rhys4Peace

You know, you'd think that if we can handle every living thing in this hot, dry country trying to kill us all the time, we'd be able to handle some good old fashioned, extraterrestrial arse rape. 

what_is_game
what_is_game

They are still pissed about SP's spoof on Steve Irwin jamming his finger up in animals' buttocks.

xolivierx
xolivierx

just for this South Park should have a special quest featuring Crocodile Dundee, koalas and kangaroos. Eat that Australia with your redneck neandertal mentality

EXODYS
EXODYS

"the game was refused classification in Australia due to an alien anal probe weapon." ROFL

GH05T-666
GH05T-666

The people who ban this stuff in Australia are such oldies...

We need to change this system and get rid of these oldies.

Why did they even bring in the R18+ rating if they still ban everything that comes in?

Toysoldier34
Toysoldier34

Australia is really anal about what they will let you see.

robchiang1990
robchiang1990

Well, at least CENSORED in big red letters can still make a good joke. I personally would choose to censor the F-bomb if the option is in the game because it's definitely funnier. 

Psycold
Psycold

Whenever I hear about Australia bitching about something, I'm always 100% more interested in it. 

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

Fuck you, Australia.  I bet you showed episodes of South Park on TV where this happens.  Hypocritical morons.

Orga777
Orga777

hahaha. Brilliant way to get one over on the censor board. XD

Jedilink109
Jedilink109

I thought Australia decided to have 18 ratings on games a year or so ago.  Shouldn't that therefore negate any need for censorship of games anymore?

Okami13
Okami13

LOL. What's really sad is how much you seem to care and just couldn't help but comment in efforts to ruin someone else's day. Go cry elsewhere you troll. If SP isn't your thing, just move along

A-Typing-Llama
A-Typing-Llama

@GH05T-666Our classification board doesn't like drugs or sex. Games with this sort of content will be edited or have the content removed completely. Nothing got banned.

streamline
streamline

@Toysoldier34  If they're really anal, then how come they have a problem with "alien anal probe"? Anyway, for a place known as the down under, you would think it would be okay with them.

Yomigaeru
Yomigaeru

@robchiang1990I have to admit that sometimes hearing the *bleeps* is funnier than actually curse words. Especially if they replace the standard sound with something more fitting to the scene (the sound of jingling bells in a Christmas scene, for instance).

DoomSky
DoomSky

@robchiang1990 I played Brutal Legend with the swearwords censored just because it sounded funnier although all the beeps did get tiring later on XD 

Pondelicious
Pondelicious

@Thanatos2k Why do you make it out that its personally offensive to you? It's hardly the entire country's fault that the OFLC decided it wasn't appropriate. 

weetbix23
weetbix23

@Jedilink109 It didn't really change much, it only allows games with violence and gore through like Mortal Kombat. I will be importing this now, even though i was planning to fork out the extra 30 bucks to get it day one from eb games.

Darth_Ultima
Darth_Ultima

@Jedilink109Apparently they think adults are too impressionable to view such things because there is a statistical correlation between the number of ass rapes that occur and playing video games depicting ass rape.  Oh wait there isn't.

jsabin69
jsabin69

@A-Typing-Llama @Thanatos2k If the people of a country don't have control over their board, then they should do something about it...The board serves as an extension/representative of the people.  While this may vary depending on how autocratic the country is...in a representational government, the people are to blame when their agencies are stupid


Pondelicious
Pondelicious

@jsabin69 What are we meant to do? Overthrow the government? Hold massive protests? All over slightly edited scenes? Don't be a dickhead. People who want the unedited edition will just do what they have always done, buy it off eBay from overseas

Yomigaeru
Yomigaeru

@jsabin69To be fair, I don't think we as US gamers have much control over the ESRB.

A-Typing-Llama
A-Typing-Llama

@jsabin69It's not the fault of the gamers, we're outnumbered when it comes to a decision like removing content from a game. We can't physically stop our state and territory governments from agreeing with the decision made by the classification board.