State of Decay resubmitted to Australian Classification Board

Zombie-survival game resubmitted for classification in Australia.

A modified version of State of Decay has been submitted to the Australian Classification Board, developer Undead Labs has announced on its official Facebook page.

A special edition of State of Decay has been submitted to the Australian Classification Board.

Zombie-survival game State of Decay was revealed as being effectively banned from sale in Australia last week for containing "illicit or proscribed drug use related to incentives or rewards".

A special edition of the game has been submitted for classification, with the developer saying in the Facebook post, "Stimulants out! 'Supplements' in!"

Prior to resubmission, State of Decay's in-game medications consisted of both illicit and legal substances, which included methadone, morphine, amphetamines, stimulants, acetaminophen, ibuprofen, codeine, aspirin, "trucker pills", painkillers, and tussin.

Undead Labs also made reference to a PC release, saying the game will be on Steam, but "not soon".

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

Since its North American release, the game has sold over 500,000 copies on Xbox Live Arcade within three weeks, making it the fastest-selling original game on XBLA.

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

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Plataea
Plataea

I thought we had an R rating for games in Australia now.  It's just the same as it was before.

NightOfInsomnia
NightOfInsomnia

Still treated like a penal colony, I hate censorship. 

gosushi
gosushi

I can't wait for the Australian version of this game. I'm guessing it will be filled with smiles, rainbows, unicorns....oh wait not unicorns, we can't have our young seeing such an evil supernatural creature that may assist in violence amongst our youth....

hadlee73
hadlee73

I can understand that they are doing this so that Australians aren't influenced into thinking drugs can be used to "power up" in a survival setting. Now instead Australians who get lost in the outback will begin wondering why their vitamin B pills aren't curing the shattered bone in their arm :P

famekiller
famekiller

I bet these moral crusading fuck farts don't even play video games. I thought the whole reason why we fought for an 18+ rating, was so we wouldn't have to put up with this childish nonsense again. We are going backwards man.

spectreSE7EN
spectreSE7EN

Would be a lot easier if the video game industry decided to ban Australia.

SIDEFX1
SIDEFX1

Still the Australian Classification board fails. pathetic and embarrassing for Australia.,

bunchanumbers
bunchanumbers

Importing is your friend Australians. Hell if you got a buddy who is stateside they could put the disc in a different case and you're all set! 

AyatollaofRnR
AyatollaofRnR

It shows how silly the stance of the classification board is when all they have to do is call them supplements instead.

Surely at least at R18 level adults can be exposed to fictional drug use.

undeadgoon
undeadgoon

wtf is wrong with the Australian Classification Board, man they need to lighten up..

Adenosine
Adenosine

Every game that's planning to be sold in Australia should just have a wussified version ready right at the start. Maybe the planning process could go this way....

 1. Make game design.

2. Plan where game should be sold. 

3. If Australia is a target market, make wussified version of game (remove blood, dismemberments, bad words, sex and drug references, in other words, just make a game for age 5 and younger).

ex. GTA V Australian Version will be a game about three buddies having a friendly road trip. They can buy hotdogs from the stands, interact with family friendly games, and drive around while following the rules of traffic. The End. 

Lambchopzin
Lambchopzin

Australia more than most countries these days seems stuck in this "games are for kids" mentality.

VenkmanPHD
VenkmanPHD

... Dude I have seriously had it with Australia's rating system...

I live all the way over in America, and it pisses me off to no end.

What the hell allows these evil sons of bitches to dictate their moral standards onto the population of that country?

Censorhip is WRONG... how does a country, known traditionally (and QUITE stereotypically) for having a population of psychopaths and hardcore badasses, go from that to "Ohh... this game has naughty words"

Grow a fucking pair again Aussies and do something about this.
You are allowing the pure EVIL that is censorship to reign in your country. It's fucking ridiculous.

VBVCSHARP
VBVCSHARP

I'm hooked on this game right now like it is crack.

Krellenn
Krellenn

So in a game where you kill zombies by hacking them to death and many other methods, what got the review board all pissed was that "stimulants" were in the game?  Seriously?

Tadgerot
Tadgerot

Being a Brit I should not feel sorry for the Aussies, what with the Ashes comming up ( and yeah, we're gonna whoop yas). But this is all wrong, I know the Aussies have questionable cricket skills theses days, but I'm sure the adults can decided whether a games content is too harsh for the recipient.

I guess you guys are stumped, again!

aMichaelm
aMichaelm

Does it really matter that a game was banned in Australia? Any smart Australian would import their games due to the criminally high prices they have to pay to buy stuff there.

64-bit
64-bit

State of Decay resubmitted to Australian Classification Board Of Assholes..

here fix it for yah!!

sammoth
sammoth

Weird coming from a area where the Animal/ Insect and Terrain life is more deadly than a Zombie game.

Gravity_Slave
Gravity_Slave

What is up with the Australian industry?  Considering your country was formed by criminals...you'd think violence would be accepted.

Evamorgana
Evamorgana

This is a bit stupid. I get the whole banning saints row fandango but this? In the zombie apocalypse drugs are drugs. There are more drugs in Gosford than in this game and it's considered the bloody local business district! 

gosushi
gosushi

@Plataea Yeah the problem is Australia is only really tolerant of increased blood and gore, anything else is a no, no.

stev69
stev69

@hadlee73 When ah get shot I smoke me some crack biatch. Dat shit fix me right up.

NosadaAssasin
NosadaAssasin

@VenkmanPHD Ok you've posted essentially the same comment 15+ times..... say something different or shut the fuck up....... Are you high as fuck the entire day and forget that you just typed the same exact comment 15 minutes ago? Get a life/job/both. You're right about censorship to an extent by the way.... It's bullshit, I wouldn't go as far as to say it's evil and as bad as murder....(20 times).... but then again I'm not retarded/retardedly high.

VenkmanPHD
VenkmanPHD

@Krellenn That classification board deserves to be hacked to death...

Censorship is EVIL.

VenkmanPHD
VenkmanPHD

@Tadgerot Damn right.

Censorship is outright EVIL.

I am seriously blown away by the fact they are allowing this to go on in that country.

Personally, I'd be knocking on the doors of those responsible with a cricket bat myself... and I am a fucking American. I don't even know if I know how to swing that thing.

VenkmanPHD
VenkmanPHD

@aMichaelm Does it matter?

DOES IT MATTER!?!?!?!

You have just seen an entire population be denied this product, experience, and entertainment. Why? Because it had "naughtiness"

You are FUCKING right this matters.

This is PURE unadulterated Censorship, and censorship is not only WRONG in every way, shape, and form (No that is NOT an opinion, I can back that up with research and more importantly COMMON SENSE)

It's evil, and it's being allowed to harm the people of Australia.

You are fucking right it matters...

Ground_Zero
Ground_Zero

@Gravity_Slave Most of those "criminals" sent to Australia didn't do anything major. Just petty crimes like stealing food to survive because of high unemployment thanks to the industrial revolution and living conditions being so poor thanks to London being overcrowded back then 

VenkmanPHD
VenkmanPHD

@Evamorgana you GET the SRIV ban?


It is the EXACT same thing. Some group of self-righteous assholes is holed up in a room out there, dictating what is "clean" enough for their citizens.

that is fucking EVIL.  Censorship is EVIL
It is AS BAD as murder.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@Evamorgana They don't want any positive connections to drugs, even though the game will most likely be rated 18+ if allowed for sale. It's like they don't trust their own system, thinking lots of easily persuaded kids will play it, or they don't trust their adult citizens to know that a game mechanic is only a game mechanic. State of Decay is not a freaking documentary, with the ambition to be the most realistic game ever.

Plataea
Plataea

@gosushi @Plataea  

You're right.  It's annoying and unfortunate, but hopefully things will change over time.

Tadgerot
Tadgerot

A cricket bat up the arse is what that board needs, bunch of old crippled tards.

aMichaelm
aMichaelm

@VenkmanPHD @aMichaelm Sure, but there's nothing that can be done. I've lived long enough to see what a government is capable of. There can be no arguing with them. We, as people have to make our government listen to us. But nobody is willing to try. Until humanity grows a backbone, we will always be under the control of our masters.

Grimkillah
Grimkillah

@HAZCHEM88 Go to Xbox Live, migrate your account to United States and download the game, this simply. Just a word of warning, you can only migrate your account every three months, but why would you want to change back???

VenkmanPHD
VenkmanPHD

@Hurvl @64-bit It's pure fucking Evil is what it is.

Censorship is EVIL
It is as bad, and no I'm not fucking kidding, as murder.

y3ivan
y3ivan

@Ground_Zero @Gravity_Slave not entirely true, Majority of Australians are commoners not criminials migrated from Britian during the late 18th century.

el_swanno
el_swanno

The majority of Australians are descended from several massive waves of migration post-WWII.