Monday, October 13, 2014

South Park Australian Stickyness

Even after editing and removing content, South Park: The Stick of Truth is the only game to be denied entry into Australia in the 2013-2014 financial year. Out of 458 titles, South Park was the single game that didn't meet guidelines. Twice. This is even after Australia edited their rules to allow more M-rated (18+) to enter their sacred borders after the content is altered to fit their parameters. Which is really f-ing funny that of all games, South Park didn't qualify. It's not violent. There is a lot of swearing and crudeness, but by comparison to other M rated U.S. titles like GTAV and Call of Duty, it's quite tame.

The biggest complaint by the board that decides which games pass and which are kicked out? Cartman getting an anal probe, the first episode of the long-running series. The game was finally accepted after a third edit where the scene was replaced by a crying koala with generic text explaining the censorship. Satire at it's best, and only in Australia.

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