State of Decay banned in Australia

Xbox Live Arcade zombie game State of Decay refused classification in Australia for "drug use related to incentives or rewards".

Zombie-survival game State of Decay has been refused classification in Australia, making it the second game to be banned from sale in the country this week.

State of Decay will not be released on Xbox Live Arcade in Australia.

The news was initially announced by developer Undead Labs on the game's official forums, and was later confirmed by the Australian Classification Board and the game's publisher, Microsoft.

The Australian Classification Board ruled that the game was refused classification on the grounds that it contains "illicit or proscribed drug use related to incentives or rewards".

State of Decay's in-game medications consist of both legal and illicit substances, including "methadone, morphine, amphetamines, stimulants, acetaminophen, ibuprofen, codeine, aspirin, 'trucker pills', painkillers, and tussin."

The board's decision report states, "The game enables the player's character to self-administer proscribed drugs which aid in gameplay progression. This game therefore contains drug use related to incentives or rewards, and should be refused classification."

A Microsoft representative told GameSpot that the publisher is "currently evaluating the options with regards to the title’s classification".

"Microsoft operates within the legal requirements of the Australian Classification Board when it comes to the rating of all its first-party gaming titles, and agrees that not all content is suitable for all audiences. The Australian Classification system plays an important role in ensuring that Australians can only access age-appropriate games and content."

State of Decay focuses on surviving in a zombie-infested world, and promises a dynamically generated experience that changes in real time.

The game has sold over 500,000 copies on Xbox Live Arcade since its release in North America two weeks ago, making it the fastest-selling original game on XBLA. A PC version is also in the works, but no additional details or release date have been revealed.

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bart723
bart723

What a stupid reason... What about the fact that in almost all shooting games you get rewarded for killing humans? by this reasoning they should all be banned..

just venting a bit, as i'm Aussie and want this game asap haha..

Tiger Bauer
Tiger Bauer

Yeah, you go live your healthy life Mr. Pretentious-Turd. I won't be watching you.

Cameron Starkey-Gill
Cameron Starkey-Gill

okay well i'm going to go back to living a healthy life now. remember, mountain dew can't replace water, mister guy! i'm watching you!

Tiger Bauer
Tiger Bauer

I've got a full beard, son. Check your baby-face at the door with your "automatic win".

Cameron Starkey-Gill
Cameron Starkey-Gill

i see now after looking at your profile pictures that i was arguing with neckbeard fatties. automatic win for me then!

DWalker131
DWalker131

ok now australians, you can bow to me now and thank me later, i found a way to stick it up the board's a$$

just go online, make a new xbox live account change the location to US, put in fake US details, turn on the 360 download the new profile and and visit the xbox live store and you'll be treated like an american in the store and can download whatever games you wish and yes "state of decay" is there as well.... (that game better be worth the trouble !!)

and for those thats worried bout the region, well i downloaded "uncraft me, score rush, radian games crossfire, decimation x3, akane the kunoichi" at the US live store (not available in the AUS live store) for 80 points (all pretty worthwhile games just to test it out, and the game runs fine, once you purchased the game i believe you can play on any of your accounts

weird fact - according to wikipedia the AUS live store does not have "indie games" which might explain why those indie games i bought isn't available in the AUS live store, well we ALL know why state of decay isn't there

have fun AUS, next time theres a ban hammer going around in AUS you lucky bunch won't be affected LOL

Necronomnicon
Necronomnicon

what is wrong with australia? they've had a cop moonlighting as a hooker legally supposedly, then tell people they're not allowed to play a video game (as if they have the right to tell people what video games they can & cannot play). Fascist little nannies. all the people are going to do is pirate the game, harming sales. the people who truly want to play will simply find another way to get ahold of the game, they won't simply settle for being told they cannot play & leaving it at that. I certainly wouldn't, to be honest I consider it rebellion approval if too many of my favorite games & genres are nerfed to hell or kept from me. my entertainment is important to me, and the degree that I'm able to put up with people politely and peacefully is directly attached to what i have to look forward at the end of the day. 

RighteousWoman
RighteousWoman

Its really not that big of a deal as they will simply make the appropriate changes and resubmit it for approval. Aussies will be able to play this game eventually. Its just going to take a couple of months to get it sorted it. Still sucks having to wait but ultimately those who want to play it will be able to play it.

MN121MN
MN121MN

Hmmm.... so technically.... Fallout has a chance of being banned too........

Hayden Crawford
Hayden Crawford

Its not illegal to own a copy but it could get confiscated

MidnightMeteor
MidnightMeteor

Saints Row IV and State of Decay... keep that ban hammer going guys. I feel for Aussie gamers, that is pure bs.

FknPitsy
FknPitsy

So I made the right decision in making a US account and buying it through that.

What's the point in passing the R18+ rating and then not using it?  You're trying to tell me that the movies they allow through which have heavy drug-use and killing are worse than this game? Give me a break.

Vodoo
Vodoo

The sad part is that they have an 18+  rating category for ADULTS and they're saying this game is too over the top and won't let an adult make their own decisions. Kinda sounds like a dictatorship to me.

Walter Scoville
Walter Scoville

Welcome to australia. Please check all fun at customs. We dont allow it here.

Hardstyler2012
Hardstyler2012

hahahaha what chance has GTA 5 got? lolololololol

Jason Sutherland
Jason Sutherland

A moment of silence for Australia who's officials heads are down under and inside their asses apparently.

DWalker131
DWalker131

ban mario next, we wouldn't want to influence kids to jump on other people's heads, or playing with fire

what about zelda ?, we shouldn't influence kid to throw boomerang, bombs and what not at other people, and we definitely don't want kids walking around swinging swords

the only game we should be playing on the next gen consoles is

math blaster (i don't know....blasting sounds too violent)

frogs and flies (tecnically thats abit violent coz the frogs are eating the flies)

i was gonna say racing cars, but then again, we should tell the kids speeding is wrong

maybe we should quit playing games and just read a book or play jigsaw puzzle

oh in case people missed it, i was being SARCASTIC lol

famekiller
famekiller

you can buy drugs anywhere in Australia, even in cop shops, so why ban something like computer game drugs that aren't real? These computer game drugs are FAKE, you f'wits. Our country must be the laughing stock of the universe.  shame.

playniko69
playniko69

Don't forget to ban Tetris as well Australia...because it encourage skills and intelligence, which clearly is what you guys are heavily against of. 

fiendless7
fiendless7

i heard they REALLY banned it because there were no "barbies" to throw shrimp on.

John Martins
John Martins

Sorry dude, not even 100 years is enough to know what's good for you. Some younger dude has to tell you.

nait2k4
nait2k4

Don't worry guys, Julia Gillard is out, Kevin Rudd is back in. Rudd looks like a bit of nerd, so he is probably waiting for SoD to release as well.

DarkReign2552
DarkReign2552

... Umm... did Australia just forget they have an R18+ ranking now? What's the point in having an adult-only rating when adult-only games are STILL being banned from the country. I know America is home to some of the stupidest politicians in the world, but Australia definitely has to give them a run for their money with ignorant shit like this.

HenrySix
HenrySix

welcome to australia. we allow our citizens to openly hate and discriminate on non-white people, but we ban games like state of decay.

David Chang
David Chang

Hell, Yahtzee will get em...thanks to GAMETRADERS ROBINA!!!! XD

Nathan Adams
Nathan Adams

@ Tony, that's all well and dandy but its a bit tricky when this game is only on xbox 360... well as far as I know

Cole Ward
Cole Ward

Why don't they just add extra tax to it or something that totally sucks for the people in Australia.

Matthew Carroll
Matthew Carroll

Well that sucks. Well. Kinda... I own the game and I live in Australia so... I guess it sucks for other Aussies who don't know how to get it lol.

Joey Smith
Joey Smith

why was this banned? is no more bloody or graphic that any other game?

Shad0wg00n
Shad0wg00n

Facepalm to those in Australia who thought that R18+ would make a difference. All it meant was that games like Dead Island wouldn't pass with an MA15+ and games like L4D2 would still require cuts for the highest possible rating.

gonn1801
gonn1801

I understand and accept that not all content is appropriate for everyone, but what is missing is the "age-appropriate" bit. I don't accept the implication that an avatar's use of painkillers is a pathway to drug abuse, but I can get the concern and the need for a classification to draw attention to drug references to help consumers make up their own minds in buying something for themselves or others.

For a range of reasons, I don't think this game should be played by an 8 year old, but I'm 27. I have a 'real world' understanding of drug use and violence formed by life experience and  I think I should be able to make up my own mind how I feel about these things in video games. If there is concern that content is not appropriate for all ages, I would say that this is first and foremost an issue of parental engagement. Don't take away my games because you wouldn't like your child to play it. Chances are I wouldn't want them to play it either, but that doesn't mean I shouldn't be given them opportunity as well.

Poidad
Poidad

I'd like to meet some of these classification board people, just to know if they really feel this way about classification or if they are just simply doing there job as outlined by there policies.

Mariohater
Mariohater

I think that they should use med kits instead of drugs.

UrbanMessiah
UrbanMessiah

Like I said, the latest sandbox games seem to be giving the Australian government the shit fits. First Saints Row 4, now State of Decay....what next? Grand Theft Auto 5? Watchdogs?

Well, at least you PS3 players can import....

Grim_Jackal
Grim_Jackal

Lots of ignorance in recent comments regarding the bans over here. Yeah, it sucks, and I have to wonder what the point of the new rating system is if even adults cannot decide for themselves what to play, but Australia far from a nation of censorship or a terrible place to live. Quite the contrary, it's frequently ranked as one of the most livable countries in the world. What we're talking about here are, after all, just games, and you can import them quite easily.

Perspective people, get it.

psuedospike
psuedospike

I'll never understand why a country mostly populated with the descendants of degenerate criminals is so puritan in their media laws...it's just strange.

OurSin-360
OurSin-360

lol, so basically taking aspirin in a game is ban worthy in Australia?  wtf

Kelwin Lieng
Kelwin Lieng

1st game to be banned from Australia: Mortal Kombat 9

samremnant
samremnant

FUCK SAKE AUSTRALIA! It wouldn't be so bad but here in New Zealand about 90% of the time, if something is banned in Australia we don't get it either. Pisses me off 

baxwam
baxwam

I'm betting that MGS 5 will get ban! 

Kevin Slamaker
Kevin Slamaker

The same thing happened with Fallout 3 so they changed them to all be fictional drugs and the problem went away. Its a sad, sad day when even mature adults who are over 18 are not afforded the decency that they are intelligent enough to know the difference

DamnILoveGames
DamnILoveGames

OH MY GOD! It includes ibuprofen and painkillers!? The animals! No wonder this game was banned. Little Sheila better be careful the next time she takes her medication or she could be kicked out the country! But in all seriousness I feel sorry for Australia (and Germany to some extent) because of how many games get banned there. It makes some people realise how lucky they are.