Generation: Gamerz Fallout 3 Un-Banned in Australia

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Known for its strict stance on video game violence, sex, and drug usage, Australia made an announcement recanting its previous stand that Bethesda’s post-apocalyptic RPG, Fallout 3, would not be available in that country.

Australia’s Office of Film and Literature Classification (OFLC) had originally banned the game because the body claimed it contained a “portrayal of realistic drug usage”.

The OFLC originally stated that:

Fallout 3 20080411 - Road Walk.jpg “the game contains the option to take a variety of drugs known as chems using a device which is connected to the character's arm. These chems have postive and some negative effects (lowering of intelligence, or the character may become addicted to the chem). The positive effects include increase in strength, stamina, resistance to damage, agility, and hit points. Corresponding with the list of various chems are small visual representations of the drugs; these include syringes, tablets, pill bottles, a crack-type pipe, and blister packs. In the Board's view, these realistic visual representation of drugs and their delivery method bring the 'science-fiction' drugs in line with 'real-world' drugs. The player can also select and use Morphine (a proscribed drug) which has the positive effect of enabling the character to ignore limb pain when the character's extremities are targeted by the enemy.”

In a statement released by the OFLC spokesperson reagrding why the board had a change of heart about Bethesda’s newest title, it stated Fallout 3's resubmitted version was passed because "the reward and incentive" for in-game drug use had been significantly toned down.

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