South Park censored in Australia despite R18+ classification

#1 Edited by Darji (5294 posts) -

I do not know what Ubisoft is thinking but despite a successful classification the new South Park game will be censored in Australia.

Despite earning the nation's new R 18+ rating, the game will still suffer from some censorship.

Ubisoft have confirmed to Player Attack that its upcoming South Park RPG: South Park: The Stick of Truth will be censored for its release in Australia next March, despite receiving an R 18+ rating. At this stage, we are not entirely sure what has been cut, but the Ubisoft spokesperson said that it will only be a "slightly modified version".

http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/130586-South-Park-The-Stick-of-Truth-Will-be-Censored-in-Australia

So the game got through the process and then Ubisoft still decides to cut content? Why? Why do you even need a classification if its all pointless?....

#2 Edited by Video_Game_King (36272 posts) -

@darji said:

So the game got through the process and then Ubisoft still decides to cut content? Why?

To get a lower rating (and sell more units because of it)?

#3 Edited by Darji (5294 posts) -

@darji said:

So the game got through the process and then Ubisoft still decides to cut content? Why?

To get a lower rating (and sell more units because of it)?

No the Rating will not change. That is what's so strange about it.

#4 Posted by Demoskinos (14778 posts) -

Wasn't there mention of a scene where aliens anally probe Cartman? Im going to guess that is the offending content. Cause I believe Saints Row 4 hilariously enough was censored for the same thing in Australia.

#5 Edited by CrimsonAvenger (272 posts) -

Australia deserves to have some problems. On top of the fact that the Australians live in a land full of the world's deadliest creatures, it's pretty much a tropical paradise. They've got a low crime rate, sexy women, kangaroos, a great accent, and a version of Bigfoot.

#6 Edited by Crembaw (378 posts) -

One day, Australia will be a free country.

I jest, of course. Still if it is that anal probe thing, it IS very odd considering the recent Saints Row 4 precedent.

#7 Edited by L44 (556 posts) -

@crimsonavenger said:

Australia deserves to have some problems. On top of the fact that the Australians live in a land full of the world's deadliest creatures, it's pretty much a tropical paradise. They've got a low crime rate, sexy women, kangaroos, a great accent, and a version of Bigfoot.

The Yowie is NO JOKING MATTER. Seriously though, we got 6 of em

#8 Posted by HatKing (5896 posts) -

Wasn't there mention of a scene where aliens anally probe Cartman? Im going to guess that is the offending content. Cause I believe Saints Row 4 hilariously enough was censored for the same thing in Australia.

I think the implication here is that they weren't being forced to cut content, unlike Volition was. Instead, Ubisoft, after their game already made classification, admitted that content would be cut regardless. Unless, of course, the cut content is what allowed them to get classification in the first place.

I did a short article on the mess that happened back when Saints Row IV got refused classification. The whole system is a fucking joke.

#9 Edited by Video_Game_King (36272 posts) -

@darji:

You mean they're not censoring it so they can resubmit for a lower rating?

#10 Edited by I_Stay_Puft (3212 posts) -

I guess Aussie doesn't need any more Mel Gibson's sprouting.

#11 Posted by randiolo (1090 posts) -

@darji: They received pressure from the Australian Christian lobby to censor it. Religion wont stop until the world sucks...

#12 Posted by Nekroskop (2786 posts) -

I'm convinced that most Australian legislators don't know what video games are.

#13 Posted by Darji (5294 posts) -

@darji:

You mean they're not censoring it so they can resubmit for a lower rating?

Yeah it is so people will later on not complain about stuff in it.

#14 Edited by RadecAU (91 posts) -

@l44 said:

@crimsonavenger said:

Australia deserves to have some problems. On top of the fact that the Australians live in a land full of the world's deadliest creatures, it's pretty much a tropical paradise. They've got a low crime rate, sexy women, kangaroos, a great accent, and a version of Bigfoot.

The Yowie is NO JOKING MATTER. Seriously though, we got 6 of em

And they're delicious

#15 Edited by Korwin (2850 posts) -

@radecau said:

@l44 said:

@crimsonavenger said:

Australia deserves to have some problems. On top of the fact that the Australians live in a land full of the world's deadliest creatures, it's pretty much a tropical paradise. They've got a low crime rate, sexy women, kangaroos, a great accent, and a version of Bigfoot.

The Yowie is NO JOKING MATTER. Seriously though, we got 6 of em

And they're delicious

Who gives a shit about Yowies, Bunyips son.

This... is stupid. I mean I buy all my games on PC, using US keys on the cheap so it's of zero consequence to me but it's still stupid.

#16 Posted by Video_Game_King (36272 posts) -

@radecau said:

And they're delicious

Not how I imagined most people describing yaoi.

#17 Posted by EVO (3894 posts) -

I was probably gonna import anyway.

#18 Posted by heavyplay (296 posts) -

Sorry to bump an old thread, but what's the best way to get an uncensored version here in Aus? My options are PC or 360. Import the PC-DVD version from the UK?

#19 Posted by Darji (5294 posts) -

Sorry to bump an old thread, but what's the best way to get an uncensored version here in Aus? My options are PC or 360. Import the PC-DVD version from the UK?

Buy a digital US version from the US (Amazon or so) than while activating your key use a VPN service like hola to redeem your key on steam.

#20 Posted by Yummylee (21547 posts) -

Sorry to bump an old thread, but what's the best way to get an uncensored version here in Aus? My options are PC or 360. Import the PC-DVD version from the UK?

I believe the UK version is also censored.

#21 Posted by Damodar (1375 posts) -

@darji said:

@heavyplay said:

Sorry to bump an old thread, but what's the best way to get an uncensored version here in Aus? My options are PC or 360. Import the PC-DVD version from the UK?

Buy a digital US version from the US (Amazon or so) than while activating your key use a VPN service like hola to redeem your key on steam.

You seem to be well versed in circumventing regional censorship. Are you German, by any chance? :P

#22 Posted by Darklight (212 posts) -

@heavyplay: Just checked and only the console version are censored in Uk. So if you take the PC version you should be fine.

Since I'm on iPad I can't hyperlink, but here's the source I read:

http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2014-03-04-south-park-videos-reveal-censored-content

End of second paragraph.

#23 Posted by Yesiamaduck (1020 posts) -

@yummylee said:

@heavyplay said:

Sorry to bump an old thread, but what's the best way to get an uncensored version here in Aus? My options are PC or 360. Import the PC-DVD version from the UK?

I believe the UK version is also censored.

The UK PC version is not censored

#24 Posted by Darji (5294 posts) -

@damodar said:

@darji said:

@heavyplay said:

Sorry to bump an old thread, but what's the best way to get an uncensored version here in Aus? My options are PC or 360. Import the PC-DVD version from the UK?

Buy a digital US version from the US (Amazon or so) than while activating your key use a VPN service like hola to redeem your key on steam.

You seem to be well versed in circumventing regional censorship. Are you German, by any chance? :P

Yeah XD. The PC UK version is also not censored but I think it is more expensive than the US version from Amazon but I can be wrong here^^

#25 Edited by spyder335 (289 posts) -

@l44 said:

@crimsonavenger said:

Australia deserves to have some problems. On top of the fact that the Australians live in a land full of the world's deadliest creatures, it's pretty much a tropical paradise. They've got a low crime rate, sexy women, kangaroos, a great accent, and a version of Bigfoot.

The Yowie is NO JOKING MATTER. Seriously though, we got 6 of em

squish will fuck you up

#26 Posted by TreeTrunk (115 posts) -

What exactly was censored? is it significant?

#27 Posted by AdequatelyPrepared (444 posts) -

@treetrunk:

To my knowledge, two scenes got censored. One was an alien anal probing scene (similar to what got censored in Saints Row 4), and another has to do with abortion. No real big miss in my opinion, and instead we get an image of a crying koala while text explains what got censored. Really is kind of strange that this still occurs with an R 18+ rating, but I think that a part of it has to do with how Australia, for some reason or another, gets lobbed in together with Europe for film/game releases. So far no really significant things have gotten censored, so the argument against the censoring is more based on principle than anything else (doesn't make it any less valid though).

#28 Edited by Dark (378 posts) -

Just a thought I would add, it appears the Nazi Zombie voices have been removed from the Australian release as well.

#29 Posted by AlexanderSheen (4977 posts) -

@radecau said:

And they're delicious

Not how I imagined most people describing yaoi.

That depends on the person who you ask, really.

#30 Posted by ectoplasma (977 posts) -

@demoskinos: That scene was at least cut in the German version of the game.

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