Syndicate Banned In Australia For Being Gruesomely Awesome

Despite all the discussions there and Government's decision to introduce 18+ Adults Only rating to the country's rating system, the notorious Australian Classification Board has denied gamers access to yet another promising game: Syndicate.

As usual, the Australian Classification Board banned the game by refusing to grant it an age rating, arguing that it doesn't suit the country's current maximum rating of MA 15+. The board issued a report that largely blamed the game's extreme violence for making it unsuitable for Australian teenagers at the age of 15.

"Combatants take locational damage and can be explicitly dismembered, decapitated or bisected by the force of the gunfire," the report notes. "The depictions are accompanied by copious bloodspray and injuries are shown realistically and with detail. Flesh and bone are often exposed while arterial sprays of blood continue to spirt from wounds at regular intervals."

EA has no intention to appeal the decision or to alter the game. "The game will not be available in Australia despite its enthusiastic response from fans. We were encouraged by the government's recent agreement to adopt an 18+ age rating for games. However, delays continue to force an arcane censorship on games - cuts that would never be imposed on books or movies," EA corporate communications exec Tiffany Steckler made it clear. "We urge policy makers to take swift action to implement an updated policy that reflects today's market and gives its millions of adult consumers the right to make their own content choices."

To be honest, after reading the Australian board's report we can't wait to put our hands on Syndicate. The game is scheduled for release on February 21 in North America and February 24 in Europe.

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Bad policies

Thank you, I'm overly tired of the political attacks against the gaming industry. Specifically against adult gamers. Its sad that policy makers tend to be in a generation that's out of touch with modern times and eagerly slap down anything that doesn't fit into there narrow view of the world.

Really????

Really???? When we got Mortal Kombat since 92 or so? When Game of thrones is the #1 Show in the world? they worry about a video game? Either someone didnt pay a fee they were supposed to pay or someone just enjoys being a douche

I won't be oppressed

As a fully fledged adult in my country, that I pay taxes for, and generally support my country, I am continued to be slapped in the face. Well, I know where I'll be going when this game is released. UTorrent. And Pirate Bay.

really?

i love how your response to your country banning a game is to fuck over the game studio who would like nothing more than to sell the game in your country...you could just fucking order a copy and have it shipped

this happened before and will

this happened before and will happen again,i remember the old overkill for example a ps1 game,it was covered in discusions about the violence the game showed back then. It was a crappy game anyway :D,but the controversy was big.

Game ratings

They won't rate it so they won't allow it. Stupid. What about GTA 5? Is that one allowed? What's it's rating? Because in that one you can go to strip clubs for a lap dance and bang hookers in your car. And the swearing is over the top. True it may not be gory, but THAT, in my oppinion, is NOT a game for anyone under 18.

DEAD SPACE???

Sorry, unless they are 13 years of age? I can't see how anyone can survive playing it without Vivarin & 3 cases of Pepsi. DEAD SPACE lives up to it's name...dead. Anyone who plays that game more than likely think Nintendo is still the bomb (yawn) Sorry talking about this game is already making me tired.

what u mean...banned not

what u mean...banned not prohibited...of course u can buy it when its just come out...after some time the goverment will think this game is too cruel so they banned it...the first version is already sold

Save your BS.

personal ethics and morale judgment is what stops me and I play the worst of the worst not o mention I lived war for two years so stop with the excuses. If your going to take a stand about something being to damn bloody or gory and ban it you might as well ban everything else a fifteen year old could use to desensitize themselves { like porn }.

Morals?

My morals stop me from committing atrocities, but being desensitized will let me sleep at night after I kill a home invader/rapist. Simple as that.

Okay, look at video games

Okay, look at video games violence then look at actual real life violence. Lets say.... someone killing them self. There was a politician that shot himself on camera during... whatever they were doing I can't remember. However, when I saw it I was actually a bit disturbed and I have been playing these types of games for years. Don't give me that "Some people blah blah blah" because whatever anybody can say to argue this is illogical. If somebody is going to shoot another person, they are going to regardless of whether they play graphic video games or not.

You're a fool for believing

You're a fool for believing such drivel. There is no evidence to support that violent games make people develop aggressive tendencies, or become violent. If anything, it reduces such tendencies, because they're being released and directed in a controlled environment.

No matter what, unless you're

No matter what, unless you're a psychopath who doesn't have emotion and doesn't recognize something being alive, you should be able to play these games and not be desensitized to real life when bad things actually happen.

Firstly before I get attacked

Firstly before I get attacked from being from a different country as someone else I'm English. Also there's nothing wrong with being patriotic either. It's not the games that make people violent, it's already in them. If people see a rape on tv or in a game and think its ok to do it for real then they are just sick to begin with

Agreed

To commit such an act one has to be un empathetic or just not give a damn about what consequences they may encounter. As a former Sniper for the Corp its drilled into you in such a manner that you become somewhat of a machine you still feel, but less so. games DO NOT have the same effect on the human psyche if they did you think these companies would make any money???

Unreal Tournament

I can't understand why they would ban this game. That means they definitely banned Unreal Tournament because that is the only game I have seen in North America with the rating AO(Adults Only) 21+. No joke, anybody who still has an original copy like myself will tell you the same. lol

Nope

Every country has its own policies, Including a board of people who are the spitting image of over protective and are completely distraught by any realism in a game

Funny shit

Haha.. Just came across this site by mistake.. You guys are fucking hilarious. "Countries invade for resources, that's just how it works".. Hahaha, you clown.

Reason being....

I will have to say, I am ashamed to be human at this point. Everyone bickering about a game, and country vs. country. Aussies are bad, no Americans are bad.. blah blah.. All this drivel about who is better than who should be done. The reason they are banning this is SIMPLE. The more desensitized people become the more likely they are to commit a heinous crime.. vicious murder.. brutal rape. As they see it in a game, it's easier to cope with. They have already proven this. Those who are not exposed to gore, violence, rape.. and the like, are taken back by seeing it. And No not every single person subjected to these games are likely to engage is violence, but there are select few who do get off on it.

Ignorance

This is a very ignorant and disturbing view that usually comes from senior citizens that do not understand video games and usually have not ever even played one them self. As an adult gamer, part of the appeal of video games is that I can do things in a game that I would never dream about doing in real life. In that sense it is very much an outlet and a way to relieve built up stress and aggression. I cannot speak for everyone else, but for me it is very much the exact opposite as what you claim. Rather than blowing off steam on real people, I can do it on digital pixels. More importantly, as an adult, I don't really feel that anyone should be trying to dictate what I can or cannot have in the games I play. I can understand the desire for some people to keep specific content from their children, but that is supposed to be the reason for the rating system, and parents should pay attention to the ratings. The problem is that too many people have this mindset that only kids play video games and that is simply not accurate. There are much larger numbers of adult gamers that play games, and should be able to have adult content in their games if they choose, whether you or anyone else approves of it or not.

Huh??

@Ignorance. I've been gaming since Pong, and still do. I think you take gaming to an extreme that most people don't. Most people play games for entertainment, not to do stuff they can't do in real life. Do you wonder why the U.S. Army uses real time combat simulations like Counter-strike? They do it to train them to kill, and to desensitize them from being in shock in real combat. I guess flying a drone remotely and destroying a building and people is not done on digital pixels. And here is a scenario for you. You say you don't want anyone to dictate what I can and cannot have in a game. Does that mean you would not have an issue with a game about molesting babies? Think about that before you blab about blowing off steam and doing illegal stuff in games that you can't do in real life.

Huh??

@Ignorance. I've been gaming since Pong, and still do. I think you take gaming to an extreme that most people don't. Most people play games for entertainment, not to do stuff they can't do in real life. Do you wonder why the U.S. Army uses real time combat simulations like Counter-strike? They do it to train them to kill, and to desensitize them from being in shock in real combat. I guess flying a drone remotely and destroying a building and people is not done on digital pixels. And here is a scenario for you. You say you don't want anyone to dictate what I can and cannot have in a game. Does that mean you would not have an issue with a game about molesting babies? Think about that before you blab about blowing off steam and doing illegal stuff in games that you can't do in real life.

how the fuck is molesting

how the fuck is molesting babies even remotely close to being a good argument? No one would even think of a scenario where that would even be needed? in terms of violence in games people need to stop being pussies as movies are much more graphic and realistic as actors are actual people while games are just pixels graphics and engines. stop being sensitive bitches about video games. you want safe friendly fun play some fucking pokemon

nope

wat tests are you talking about? what proof? that is utter bs and its ignorant people like you that believe everything they read as true that are turning this planet back to the dark ages, its simple, gaming dosnt make you violent, your upbringing and surroundings and the general outcome of your life is what brings about those tendancies and what type of a person you might be, i dont play grand theft auto and think "i could do this in real life" because in real life their are consequences and gamers know that, they arnt so stupid that they are going to ignore the rules of real life, you can also fly a car in grand theft auto, but i would assume the laws of physics have changed outside my front door because it can in a game, games will progress and get better and more exciting and different ones will suit different types of people. but that game was no more gory than the second aliens movie, was that banned in austrailia? honest question, but action movies with violence and real people is seen daily, but now a version made up of zero's and one's (computer code) is somehow worse and desensitizes people? get a grip of yourself and come back to the real world will you, use common sense not made up posts and comments uve read that say utter bs is fact

Oh really? What games did

Oh really? What games did they use to prove that playing games with brutal rape desensitized people to brutal rape? Yeah. You're full of it. There are plenty of research studies that claim that they prove connections between video game violence and real violence, but if you actually read them they're typically very biased and only pursue angles that will potentially back up their point of view with results that are always vague and lacking in any kind of solid evidence. I could ask you to show me an accredited source here, one that you've actually read and that has any kind of real evidence linking video games to violence beyond the usual "we made a bunch of random uninvestigated 10 year olds play Call of Duty for 3 hours and they showed slight signs of aggression for 30 minutes afterwards", but there aren't any. You, like the politicians that back these studies, could use less drama and more actual research. Take a look at some of the numerous studies by Dr. Christopher Ferguson on the subjects of youth violence and video game violence, for example, if you want to learn something.

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