GTA V Passes Australian Classification

#1 Posted by jimmyfenix (3855 posts) -

Good news for the time being my Australian friends.

Grand theft Auto 5 has passed classification and has been rated R 18+

Here is the official source http://www.classification.gov.au/Pages/View.aspx?sid=1rhDjetqedVcsbMwMH44Tw%253d%253d&ncdctx=C8xlcVkDrdBICWwWo%252fl7Q8YjN8QUEGY%252fSLquV9TQyRW3EusRaVBx5dgHCFjMngHV

It has been awarded an M by the ESRB and has yet to be rated by PEGI

Its shocking how GTA V has been rated but not saints row iv.

It can easily be changed leading up to the games release but here is some hope you guys get the unedited version.

#2 Posted by MariachiMacabre (7096 posts) -

And Saints Row IV didn't. Lame. Still, great news in regards to GTAV.

#3 Posted by jimmyfenix (3855 posts) -

@mariachimacabre: Its strange about SR4. It got refused again cause of the high impact of drug use but look at the chart here. GTA V has high drug use aswell. something is fishy here.

#4 Edited by MariachiMacabre (7096 posts) -

@mariachimacabre: Its strange about SR4. It got refused again cause of the high impact of drug use but look at the chart here. GTA V has high drug use aswell. something is fishy here.

And the drug use in GTA likely has a more serious tone, while the drug use in SR, like everything, is done entirely in the spirit of dumb fun.

#5 Posted by jimmyfenix (3855 posts) -

@jimmyfenix said:

@mariachimacabre: Its strange about SR4. It got refused again cause of the high impact of drug use but look at the chart here. GTA V has high drug use aswell. something is fishy here.

And the drug use in GTA likely has a more serious tone, while the drug use in SR, like everything, is done entirely in the spirit of dumb fun.

Its weird cause they never mentioned the drug use when it got banned the first time. Only when they removed the offensive weapon they were like "Oh we forgot to say before but we are refusing the game again cause it has drugs in it DRUGS. will you please think about the children!"

#6 Edited by Demoskinos (14835 posts) -

@mariachimacabre said:

@jimmyfenix said:

@mariachimacabre: Its strange about SR4. It got refused again cause of the high impact of drug use but look at the chart here. GTA V has high drug use aswell. something is fishy here.

And the drug use in GTA likely has a more serious tone, while the drug use in SR, like everything, is done entirely in the spirit of dumb fun.

Its weird cause they never mentioned the drug use when it got banned the first time. Only when they removed the offensive weapon they were like "Oh we forgot to say before but we are refusing the game again cause it has drugs in it DRUGS. will you please think about the children!"

Hey now man we can't have our kids thinking you can gain superpowers by doing drugs.

#7 Posted by jimmyfenix (3855 posts) -

@jimmyfenix said:

@mariachimacabre said:

@jimmyfenix said:

@mariachimacabre: Its strange about SR4. It got refused again cause of the high impact of drug use but look at the chart here. GTA V has high drug use aswell. something is fishy here.

And the drug use in GTA likely has a more serious tone, while the drug use in SR, like everything, is done entirely in the spirit of dumb fun.

Its weird cause they never mentioned the drug use when it got banned the first time. Only when they removed the offensive weapon they were like "Oh we forgot to say before but we are refusing the game again cause it has drugs in it DRUGS. will you please think about the children!"

Hey now man we can't have our kids thinking you can gain superpowers by doing drugs.

Now i know why Saints row 4 is banned in Australia.

It has Aerosmith in it https://twitter.com/DanRyckert/status/362680128280592384

#8 Posted by troll93 (388 posts) -

@mariachimacabre said:

@jimmyfenix said:

@mariachimacabre: Its strange about SR4. It got refused again cause of the high impact of drug use but look at the chart here. GTA V has high drug use aswell. something is fishy here.

And the drug use in GTA likely has a more serious tone, while the drug use in SR, like everything, is done entirely in the spirit of dumb fun.

Its weird cause they never mentioned the drug use when it got banned the first time. Only when they removed the offensive weapon they were like "Oh we forgot to say before but we are refusing the game again cause it has drugs in it DRUGS. will you please think about the children!"

The problem is not that it has drugs in it, or that they are realistically represented. The problem is that saints row 4 rewarded you for taking them. If GTA V is dipecting you as getting superpowers for taking drugs, I will be amazed. The Australian classification system has a few quirks, but it's not full of people screaming "Think of the children", and you can make very adult games, there are just a very bits that you can't depict. They have never been very good at communication, but I can't really think of a single government agency that is.

#9 Posted by MondyofAus (27 posts) -

They would never have been bold enough to ban GTA. The response would've been swift and loud.

#10 Posted by Scrawnto (2450 posts) -

Yeah, the issue with SR4 isn't just the presence of drugs, but drug use being rewarded in some manner.

Actually, now that I think about it, how did Max Payne 3 get released in Australia? There's tons of drug use in that game. Abuse of painkillers is practically a central mechanic.

#11 Edited by GreggD (4505 posts) -

@scrawnto: I'd argue that the gameplay that the painkillers serve is not considered abusive. And every time he's shown abusing them in cutscenes, he's using alcohol in conjunction, and the fact that they paint the substance abuse in such a bad light, and Max kicks the habit by the end of the game, that's probably what makes the difference.

#12 Edited by MondyofAus (27 posts) -

@scrawnto said:

Yeah, the issue with SR4 isn't just the presence of drugs, but drug use being rewarded in some manner.

Actually, now that I think about it, how did Max Payne 3 get released in Australia? There's tons of drug use in that game. Abuse of painkillers is practically a central mechanic.

I've seen this point raised before. Apparently the difference is Painkillers are legal. So in essence, the failed Drug War strikes again.

#13 Edited by jimmyfenix (3855 posts) -
#14 Posted by pyrrhus19 (40 posts) -

@jimmyfenix: The drug use in Saints Row IV was mentioned by the Classification Board in their decision but it was overshadowed by the "Alien Anal Probe" weapon when it was reported by the gaming press.

#15 Edited by HerpDerp (133 posts) -

I imagine the backlash if they tried to ban GTA V in Australia would be much too much for the people who bring down the classification to handle. Besides, GTA V, as has been stated, rewards you for robbing banks, killing people, and buying stocks. So, eh, no problem there.

#16 Edited by probablytuna (3664 posts) -
Online
#18 Posted by McShank (1629 posts) -
#19 Posted by OurSin_360 (886 posts) -

They probably toned it down specifically for the release there, saints row is doing the same i read (no anal probing)

#20 Posted by RonGalaxy (3168 posts) -

SR4 got banned because it has a moment where drugs are affecting the gameplay (whether as a reward system, or something that happens in the game; it's unclear).

Just showing drug use doesnt matter from what I can tell

#21 Posted by RonGalaxy (3168 posts) -

@herpderp said:

I imagine the backlash if they tried to ban GTA V in Australia would be much too much for the people who bring down the classification to handle. Besides, GTA V, as has been stated, rewards you for robbing banks, killing people, and buying stocks. So, eh, no problem there.

Double standards suck, I know. America does the same thing with sex. A movie like shame gets an NC17 rating because of its depiction of sex, but Django Unchained gets an R rating, even though it is extremely violent. A guy gets shot in the dick, for christs sake...

#22 Edited by eskimo (477 posts) -

Every GTA since 2 has had classification issues in Australia, so I don't think the backlash would've been that strong.

The ACB is actually doing a great job, its just that they have a shitty set of rules to enforce. Its the classification system itself that is bust.

#23 Posted by MondyofAus (27 posts) -
#24 Posted by Shorty (21 posts) -

@eskimo: Pretty much. The Classification Board is bound to enforce the rules set by the National Classification Code and it's this Code that dictates what content can and can't be in media. Changing the Code would require an Act of Parliament, which is probably not going to happen anytime soon considering there's likely to be a Federal election very soon.

This edit will also create new pages on Giant Bomb for:

Beware, you are proposing to add brand new pages to the wiki along with your edits. Make sure this is what you intended. This will likely increase the time it takes for your changes to go live.

Comment and Save

Until you earn 1000 points all your submissions need to be vetted by other Giant Bomb users. This process takes no more than a few hours and we'll send you an email once approved.