State of Decay no longer banned in Australia

R18+ rating granted to State of Decay special edition; game no longer banned in Australia.

Undead Labs’ zombie-survival game State of Decay has been granted an R18+ adult rating by the Classification Board, receiving approval to be sold in Australia.

Aussie gamers are to receive a special edition of State of Decay.

The game was previously refused classification on the grounds that it contained “illicit or proscribed drug use related to incentives or rewards".

The original State of Decay submission included in-game medications that consisted of both legal and illicit substances. A special edition was re-submitted for classification, which developer Undead Labs described in a post on its Facebook page with, “Stimulants out! 'Supplements' in!"

The special edition of the game has been rated for mild impact drug use and sex, high-impact violence, and moderate impact language and themes. No further details regarding an Australian release date have been revealed.

State of Decay focuses on surviving in a zombie-infested world, and promises a dynamically generated experience. It will be released exclusively for the Xbox 360, although developer Undead Labs has made reference to a PC release in future.

The game sold over 500,000 copies on the Xbox Live Arcade within three weeks of its release in North America, making it the fastest-selling original game on XBLA.

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Zorine “harli” Te is a long time competitive gamer and also an Associate Editor at GameSpot.

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110 comments
AlwaysRunning
AlwaysRunning

Games aren't "banned" in Australia; they don't receive classification. We have the same system in the US, it's called the ESRB.

The ESRB has a rating that's a step higher than Australia's highest rating, which is AO, but no game maker dares to invoke it, because it would not be sold on any of the consoles.

Same thing. 

VenkmanPHD
VenkmanPHD

I hope your happy. You ****ing sell outs.

alpha_unit97
alpha_unit97

Americans need to calm down, not everything gets banned in Australia, there's only a couple of games you have that we don't and those games aren't that great... 

Pyrosa
Pyrosa

Regardless, the GAMEPLAY is what matters here.  This is a stellar open-world gaming experience, with a blend of new and old mechanisms. 

 It's the only game I've played daily for a LONG time...  It usually takes a major RPG for that kind of commitment.  I've been intentionally stalling on completing obvious campaign missions in favor of getting as much out of it as possible...  Good stuff.

ArcherRO
ArcherRO

It must feel great to have someone else do the thinking for you.

AuronAXE
AuronAXE

It's really stupid, the government shouldn't control the media. Our political leaders are in bed with big shot corporate CEO's and just running everything to the ground.

Sky_Stifler
Sky_Stifler

Is it still banned on PC by Micro$oft?

jeffrobin
jeffrobin

This whole thing has gone beyond a joke, whats happening with your government? Why do they want to ban everything. It wasn't always like this. On a selfish note it affects me as well as publishers try to save money by piggy backing on Aussie censorship ratings to get into NZ (where I live) so we get banned too. Dammit! (OK I blame the cheapskate publishers too)

Dj366
Dj366

i think it would be hilarious if they even ban plants vs zombie games lol.

LeafHurricane07
LeafHurricane07

Australia bans everything. I would be surprised if women even had right over there

berserker66666
berserker66666

Australia Classification Board's turning into Microscam. One day, they ban, next day, they don't ban.

bunchanumbers
bunchanumbers

Its always depressing to hear about how aussies have games banned for them. Its like the government doesn't trust their own adults to make adult decisions. 

Dasim64
Dasim64

Well it's good that you guys get to play it at least. If you're a zombie fan it's pretty much a must have game. It's a little rough around the edges but still some of the best zombie fun I've had. 

Vodoo
Vodoo

This game is what "The Walking Dead" game should've been. Was totally loaded with glitches and bugs but still enjoyable. And what sex is there in this game? I don't remember seeing any boobies along the way.... Oh well... 

I'm glad that the Aussies can now experience this awesome zombie game. I can play zombie games infinitely all day long as long as it's a well made game. Definitely one of my all-time favorite genres to play. Dead Rising 3 looks like it should also be a very good zombie game. Can't wait to check that out on the X1.

gosushi
gosushi

I'm surprised the original Bioshock games weren't banned in Aus. 90% of that game was jabbing yourself with random fucking needles and killing orphans WTF!!!!!

spindie
spindie

Wow even catoony ass state of decay was banned for a bit? wow Australia is a joke

Jasurim
Jasurim

Ahh...better than nothing.

Still shouldn't happen, but it look like we are going to have to wait a few more years before we ever get out games treated properly.

iBuzz7S
iBuzz7S

So wait, the RE-SUBMITTED, toned-down version of the game got an R18+ rating? What a joke!

Looks like the Australian Classification Board still has a problem with zombies being mutilated.

Lucky for me, I have the original, UNCUT version. Come at me Government!

VenkmanPHD
VenkmanPHD

@alpha_unit97 Censorship, no matter how "insignificant" is wrong.

Because forcing your own moral beliefs on another person is evil.

Aramantha
Aramantha

@AuronAXE Apparently being of legal age in our country means little to nothing in regards to the images and themes we choose to expose ourselves to. Then again i suppose a classification board of over-protective mothers, conservatives and elderly people means that stuff like this happens.

Aletunda
Aletunda

@Sky_Stifler its not out on pc, why would microsoft 'ban' it for PC when they own xbox and windows? they will most likely release it later in the year for pc

tom2750
tom2750

@Dj366 why would that happen when get get basically every game I am playing Dishonored rite now in Australia and I just decapitated someone youse foreigners are being drama queens over like 2 games that got banned recently

Warlord_Irochi
Warlord_Irochi

@Vidpci I don't know if I should call you comment "ignorant" or just "stupid as hell".


jeffrobin
jeffrobin

@Vidpci That is anti socialism, reactionary behavior. Where they hell did you get socialism!

King_Aragorn49
King_Aragorn49

 Socialism? How did that come into anything?
its everything to do with poorly worded laws and an anally over the top classification board.

But socialism? You're such a moron

tom2750
tom2750

@LeafHurricane07 shut up you drama queen nearly every single game you can get in the united states you can get in Australia including the very violent ones and its exactly the same so don't be a drama queen very FEW things get banned in Australia

damo320
damo320

@berserker66666 The problem is publisher's or developer's interpretations of the OFLC's R18+ classification criteria for games. The OFLC site says that under the R rating drug use (the depiction of) is permitted - with no justification or context required. But that the drug use may not be related to "incentives" or "rewards" within the gameplay. Illicit drug use must also not be detailed or realistic if it is interactive within the game.

I think where it may have gotten tricky was the use of drugs which gave certain performance boosts. That can be viewed by the OFLC as a reward for drug taking. As opposed to Red Dead Redemption, Skyrim or Dead Rising where the excess consumption of alcohol would cause detrimental performance to your character despite the health boost.

The R rating in Australia is new and it will take a little time for publishers to get their interpretation right. Teething problems is all this is. 

You can have a read of the new guidelines for R rated games at: http://www.comlaw.gov.au/Details/F2012L01934

Warlord_Irochi
Warlord_Irochi

@gosushi I though exactly the same back them. Provably the fact that those "drugs" in Bioshock are not "real drugs"  spared the game.

About the killing orphans part... I have no fucking idea. Kill kids but don't do drugs, maybe? O_o

DeeMoney19
DeeMoney19

Your a joke. Have some respect ya muppet!!

gosushi
gosushi

Most likely, however I don't think I'll be playing State of Decay "The Uncut Australian edition (NOW WITH ADDED ILLICIT DRUGS :D)" in 10 years time.

DWalker131
DWalker131

@iBuzz7S i'm with you on this brother !!

i got the UNCUT version as well, come at me bitches !!

fight the power !! lol

Warlord_Irochi
Warlord_Irochi

@iBuzz7S They had problems with the use of drugs, not with the violence, this new version has no tone-down in the violence.

Too much in a hurry to write a comment that you forgot to read the article itself?

jecomans
jecomans

@iBuzz7S It has the highest level restriction everywhere? Looks like no one thinks mutilating zombies is appropriate for kids.

It's not as if the games play any different, nothing has been cut, they just call the drugs something else. 

Jasurim
Jasurim

@iBuzz7S Oh no, they have no problem with zombies being mutilated, just drugs.  Tear apart, torture and maim to your hearts content, just don't touch those drugs! 

gosushi
gosushi

@iBuzz7S Your in big trouble buddy. Just wait till they get their hands on your digital copy of the game (some how....I don't know, what ever, fuck you) and turn those zombies in to teletubbies! HA!

PstyPict
PstyPict

@tom2750 @LeafHurricane07 Yeah, but a lot of those games get censored. This R18+ rating doesn't prevent that, it just makes it so that less stuff gets censored or banned. Australia has no problem with unrestricted violence, but sex and drugs is apparently out of the question. Come on, you have to admit, that it is incredibly stupid. They are saying that the content is inappropriate for adults.

aimonjarrod
aimonjarrod

@tom2750 @LeafHurricane07 The problem is some games are selective banned now. The R+ rating system was held back by State Governments for years. Both the media & government said hard core games would be harder to get but not banned (under aged) with this new system.

SirNormanislost
SirNormanislost

Yeah only after the game are resubmitted removing elements the excist in the normal versions of the game this game right here is case in point as well as saints row4 which lost its alien anal probe weapon

PstyPict
PstyPict

@damo320 But that is stupid because R18+ is meant to be unrestricted content. And the stupid thing is Australia considers it fine to have unrestricted violence, but anything to do with drugs and sex is not suitable. AND what they are also saying is that these sex scenes and or drugs uses is inappropriate for adults. Stupidity level over 9,000!

Jasurim
Jasurim

@gosushi Haha no, hopefully by then there is something else on offer. ;p

iBuzz7S
iBuzz7S

@jecomans @iBuzz7S Yep, R18+ is the highest rating. State of Decay got refused as it was originally submitted, so what exactly is the point of the R18+ if adults can't access those adult games?

gosushi
gosushi

@Jasurim @iBuzz7S yes it's drugs and just about anything else that involves.....an action of some description. All our R18's are toned down.

tom2750
tom2750

@khankalili @lonewolf1044 you can basically do everything on a console that you can on a pc except consoles are layed out better there not annoying to use with desktop icons and all that other bullshit on pcs it simply has sections on it for example music video games none of the complicated shit all over pc consoles are better then pcs for 2 main reasons simplicity and better exclusive games

khankalili
khankalili

@lonewolf1044

thing is: PC's have been able to do what consoles did since the first console....play games. Except with the PC you can do more. You have always been able to do more with a PC. If I wanted to I could hook my pc up to my TV and stereo and make it my multimedia livingroom centrepiece.

IMO the only reason those companies (microsoft/sony) think that consoles should be the future is because they control them, and get all the money. Just keep telling people that PC's are really complex and expensive, eventually the masses will believe it. They will completely forget that consoles, like pc's, need updates/online connections/expensive addons/installation... tell me what were the perks of consoles? Wasn't it: plug in, sit down and play....

lonewolf1044
lonewolf1044

@ArcherRO @Sky_Stifler @arqe @Aletunda 

I agree, but  they believe the consoles are the future. Consoles are getting closer and closer to doing what the computer can do w/o all the productivity software.

Sky_Stifler
Sky_Stifler

@arqe @Aletunda @Sky_Stifler It was sarcasm guys, we all know that M$ is delaying release(s) for PC version, trying to make game(s) exclusive for their Xbox first, it happened loads of times and not only with SoD

tom2750
tom2750

@SirNormanislost no that's not true not only do we get almost every single game you can get in USA it is almost always the same game we still get extreme violence sex nudity swearing drug use and all that other shit youse Americans get  so don't be a drama queen especially when you don't know what you are talking about

DWalker131
DWalker131

@Jasurim i'm not playing the Aus version, i imported mine lol

@Jasurim if you already bought a copy of the Aus version, maybe wait for the "uncensored drug" DLC, you know, something thats already in the game, then they took out, and then they wanna charge you again for putting it back in

jecomans
jecomans

@iBuzz7S Oh, also, the rationale behind being much harsher on drug use (compared to, say, violence) is that very few people have the personality to become violent offenders, where about 50% of people will try illicit drugs, so the chance of drug related content influencing someone into taking drugs is therefore higher. Poor logic; if a 19 year old was so easily influenced to take drugs for the first time because of a game, it's certain that their friends or a high school dealer would have got to them by then.

jecomans
jecomans

@iBuzz7S Sorry, that didn't sound like the point you were trying to make. 

All countries have content which they will ban if deemed inappropriate, so an R18+ doesn't mean a free for all. Hence you can't buy violent pornography at JB Hifi, for instance. Our classification system is actually very fair, and consistent, in comparison to most other places; it is the way it is interpreted by the very specifically biased CRB that is the problem. This kind of crap was much less common before 2005 when they changed the Board election rules and the ACL and Family First took over.