State of Decay
State of Decay Also Falls Foul of Australian Classification Board
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Hot on the heels of Saints Row IV, State of Decay has become the next game to be refused classification in Australia.

“State of Decay has been refused classification by the Australian Classification Board,” wrote Undead Labs founder Jeff Strain on the studio's official forums. “We’ve run afoul of certain prohibitions regarding the depiction of drug use.” 

“We’re working with Microsoft to come up with options, including changing names of certain medications in the game to comply with ratings requirements. Whatever our path forward, it’s going to take a bit.”

The nature of the ACB’s issue seems to be with the nature of some of the substances you can consume in the XBLA zombie shooter.

“These ‘medications’ include both legal and illicit substances such as methadone, morphine, amphetamines, stimulants, acetaminophen, ibuprofen, codeine, aspirin, ‘trucker pills’, painkillers and tussin,” reads an official statement by the ACB. 

“Of these, methadone, morphine, and amphetamines are proscribed drugs and the term ‘stimulant’ is commonly used to refer to a class of drugs of which several are proscribed.

“Consumption of the drug instantly increases a player’s in-game abilities allowing them to progress through gameplay more easily. The Applicant has stated that a ‘player can choose not to make any drugs or scavenge for them, but it would be very difficult to complete the game without some form of medication’. 

“In the Board’s opinion, the game enables the player’s character to self-administer proscribed drugs which aid in gameplay progression. This game therefore contains drug use related to incentives or rewards and should be Refused Classification.”

Australia introduced an R18+ ratings category in January, after years of preventing “mature” games to be published in the country. However, it would seem that the regulations remain pretty tight.


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Comment #1 by YaBigGoose
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 @ 05:42:45 AM
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It annoys me because I would like to purchase it on my main account (I'm an Aussie).

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Comment #2 by Mitch3315
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 @ 05:46:08 AM
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Our rating system is fucked, the R18+ rating is just to try and make us think they listened, but we aren't that stupid. We know they didn't listen and shit like this is proving it.

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Comment #3 by DetroitRedWings
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 @ 05:48:14 AM
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What day isn't a bad day for Australian gamers? no disrespect intended just an observation.

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Comment #4 by GamePlayUK
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 @ 05:48:53 AM
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Australia is effed up :L

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Comment #5 by ModernSith2010
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 @ 05:49:31 AM
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How pathetic, like a game is going to determine whether you go out and take illegal drugs or rob a pharmacy. I know people who started doing drugs well before gaming. Also who cares if there is a dildo weapon, it's an adult game, IT'S NOT FOR KIDS, so don't buy it for them and if your an adult getting offended by it you don't deserve to be a gamer for being so pathetic and over sensitive.

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Comment #6 by MORTO hi
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 @ 05:50:04 AM
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Weakest justification ever. It's like The Walking Dead all over again.

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Comment #7 by Doktor Wilhelm
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 @ 05:51:09 AM
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"Yeah, healing yourself in a post apocalyptic zombie infested world should be illegal, ban it all!" Signed: The Zombies

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Comment #8 by ActionAbe
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 @ 05:52:00 AM
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This game even is out in germany.cant believe there is a rating system harder than ours.

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Comment #9 by specularblinky
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 @ 05:52:41 AM
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FFFUUUCCCCKKKKK just rate the game R18 and let me play it already!

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Comment #10 by Leviathan v2
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 @ 05:53:08 AM
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“In the Board’s opinion, the game enables the player’s character to self-administer proscribed drugs which aid in gameplay progression."
..What a bunch of dumbasses

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Comment #11 by PsycoSaurus
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 @ 05:53:53 AM
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Most of the people who go outside, commit crimes and do drugs aren't the type that sit at home and play games anyway. They're targeting the complete wrong group of people.

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Comment #12 by mikefizzled
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 @ 05:54:35 AM
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Seriously get off your high horse and give people their games already.

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Comment #13 by havok zwo
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 @ 05:56:25 AM
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I though all of the strict rules set by the Classification board had been changed! unless i just misread something about 3 months ago

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Comment #14 by Kesrick Vankilion
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 @ 05:57:57 AM
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love this game, hope you oz folks get it soon!

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Comment #15 by TimTam AU
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 @ 05:59:30 AM
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:( Fucking hell.

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Comment #16 by Nozza XBA
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 @ 06:04:43 AM
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Good luck with getting GTAV... Stupid system!

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Comment #17 by UberPirateNinja
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 @ 06:04:54 AM
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I don't get it, Saints Row 4 is months away from release and it was classified BEFORE State of Decay, which is already available outside of Australia?

Do they just rate games in a random order?

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Comment #18 by kaiyo penguin
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 @ 06:13:13 AM
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well isn't it for games like this that the 18 rating is in place in the first place? or am i missing something?

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Comment #19 by Nutty Scouser
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 @ 06:15:36 AM
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If the xbox one is free region, would the ozzies ber able to et stuff, with out them knowing, if you get what im trying to say

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Comment #20 by gunswat
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 @ 06:16:00 AM
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...wont be long till all the sports games are refused to :D haha

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Comment #21 by Fluttershy
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 @ 06:21:07 AM
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Oh my god, Why even give us R18+ if you're going to ban everything still.

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Comment #22 by Giptuc
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 @ 06:23:29 AM
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@17 It was submitted to the Australian board at the same time as other countries but they delayed the determination of it. No idea why.

Anyway, this country is fucked. Our government is fucked and backwards, and essentially we are seen as this tough hard country by others, but in reality Australia is a pussy of a country and is essentially the total spank bitch of China, America and the UK on the weekends.

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Comment #23 by cheevo360
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 @ 06:25:09 AM
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World is not end for Aussie anyway. Aussie will have more and more games anyway. :)

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Comment #24 by ShotyMcFat
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 @ 06:33:13 AM
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That is the drug that got this game Refused.

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Comment #25 by SevenJesterHats
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 @ 06:42:33 AM
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Ill just DL in on my US account.... np

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Comment #26 by KnotOfScotland
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 @ 06:45:43 AM
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Note to self, never live in Austraila

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Comment #27 by thetroop
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 @ 06:48:13 AM
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let's hope they don't introduce steroids in to kinect sports.

people shouldn't miss out on a game just because of where they live :(

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Comment #28 by Chameleon1977
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 @ 06:50:08 AM
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Few things make me glad to live in a place where 'summertime' consists of a couple of days of pushing the old mercury to the heady heights of 20 degrees - but the Aussie ratings board is one of them.
[slow clap]

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Comment #29 by MadAdam81
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 @ 06:50:19 AM
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Fallout 3 changed the names of stuff from actual drug names to stuff that made sense from a game point of view. State of Decay should do the same, instead of assigning magical properties to dangerous controlled or illicit drugs, and just give made up names and made up properties with no dangerous side effects, strong addiction levels and massive withdrawal symptoms.

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Comment #30 by Snowed
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 @ 07:10:16 AM
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@17 Yes. They could buy a system from the local store and order games out of US, Nigeria, and Pakistan and all of them would work flawlessly. However, their Xbla games would still need to be purchased by an account tied to an Australian gamertag, so they couldn't circumvent that using X1's region free.

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Comment #31 by WizardFlipper
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 @ 07:12:56 AM
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LOL OO MAN this cant be true ITS just zombie game what the hell lol :) cant u change u account setting to say u live in USA maybe then down load the game uncut ? my mate is in UK but he gets everything via USA DASHBOARD NOT SURE HOW ? he told he set up his account to say its in USA AND NOT UK.I have read some whre this can be done but i dont have clue where to start.


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Comment #32 by WithTheDawn
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 @ 07:13:22 AM
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Meh, I'll just buy it with a US account, no big deal.

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Comment #33 by treo9
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 @ 07:14:09 AM
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lol i give up. Wasn't this R18+ rating system supposed to clear all this bullshit up, we waited so long for it. It just seems to have made this classification board more eager to ban video games for adults... it makes no sense, unbelievable.

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Comment #34 by ponypo2001
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 @ 07:29:33 AM
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This is worse than the video nasties furore in the 80's. Anyone remember that? Pathetic.

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Comment #35 by beccsbarney2013
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 @ 08:04:12 AM
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i new it would happen they just gave us r18 rating as a smoke screen just do wht im going to do create a second account that in us and buy it from that.

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Comment #36 by luuwat
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 @ 08:18:58 AM
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great news! :)

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Comment #37 by CodyTheGreat7
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 @ 08:31:41 AM
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I guess it doesn't matter what kind of rating system you have if it's a bunch of ignorant idiots doing the rating :P

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Comment #38 by SoulSurvivor43
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 @ 08:46:01 AM
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Why does Australia have such a strict rating system? They make it seem like the gamers can't mentally handle this stuff without censoring it until its not as fun......

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Comment #39 by MrStabby1981
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 @ 09:00:06 AM
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Quite simple just change the drug names to "Australian board members are stupid morons" then resubmit.

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Comment #40 by hupheryspangler
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 @ 09:17:40 AM
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Awesome. Yet people want America to copy things from Australia like their no gun policy. This is not freedom. What a joke.

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Comment #41 by IIIIIBoSIIIII
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 @ 09:20:23 AM
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Luckily Microsoft has our backs. Just make an American account, any game downloaded off Live from another account works for any other account on a console.

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Comment #42 by D-star
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 @ 09:36:51 AM
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I think the classification board is run by Nintendo.

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Comment #43 by Roadhog
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 @ 09:37:39 AM
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@29 screw you and your illicit drugs bullshit. Playing a game is not going to make someone think "hey, you know what, drugs have no side effects in the game, I'm going to go OD on fucking painkillers". And if they do think that because of the game, then hell, there's still 7 billion people in the world. No loss.

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Comment #44 by l.maciver
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 @ 09:56:09 AM
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Introducing are new 18 rating. Now we'll just ban them all and only let games that dont deserve a 18 rating and give them a 18 rating only so we can ban them too.

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Comment #45 by Woody28
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 @ 10:38:18 AM
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We just can't fucking win.
And what's worse, is that this depiction of "drug use" is completely in context with the game.
not to mention Max Payne allows you to take painkillers to restore health. But any problems there? no, of course not.
It's these inconsistencies that are pissing us off.

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Comment #46 by PuttyGod
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 @ 10:54:37 AM
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Oh Christ. What the fuck is wrong with people? How do we still have censoring (especially of this nature) in modern day civilization? So does the Australian ratings board thinks that this "M for Mature," "17+," "Peg 18" game is going to teach people about these "illicit" drugs for the first time, AND THEN be so easily influenced, as to take the idea that using the drugs enhances you in the game, thus making them go use in real life?
I love the bans that the Germans have on violence/blood, too - it's funny because you know they're just trying to appear prudent and anti-violence, in wake of their country's past habits of war mongering, genocide, slaughter, and conquering. For the better part of history, the Germans (starting with Germanic tribes and Barbarians) were always starting wars and killing people (not just other countries - their own faction included) and they were the driving force and initiates of the two most devastating wars of the 20th century. Now they've cooled down and will ban a game on sight if it uses red blood instead of clown blood.

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Comment #47 by PuttyGod
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 @ 11:02:37 AM
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It's really similar to Japan, also. Their entire history is defined by abhorrent violence, faction wars during the Shogun periods, "war as an art form," etc. In World War II, they reach the peak of their "murder 365, 24/7" culture, invading every island possible and pulling off the always charming "Rape of Nanking." Put suddenly, just like the Germans, they lose World War II (in their case, two nuclear bombs chilled them the fuck out) and now their modern culture is rooted in tech, goofy archetypes, anime cartoons, an introverted male demographic. And I can't *not* mention the dirty panties vending machines. Just sayin' But the important thing is that they've stopped killing people to the degree that they were so fond of in the past.
Dear Japan,
The Rest of the World

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Comment #48 by the action frampton
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 @ 11:07:56 AM
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@34 how can we forget. Except this is nowhere near as bad.

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Comment #49 by SP1R17US S4NC71
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 @ 01:44:49 PM
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It's a video game! When is government going to learn that video games don't relate to real life?

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Comment #50 by Foxxy kyle
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 @ 03:36:08 PM
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Comment #51 by Black Dahlia
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 @ 04:27:15 PM
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Great.... another game we dont get in New Zealand because of Australia

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Comment #52 by Felix Pie
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 @ 04:35:40 PM
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Yeah liberals

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Comment #53 by mejimmeh45
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 @ 05:27:59 PM
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Lot of fucking good that R18+ rating did us.

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Comment #54 by Akatsuki Seven
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 @ 07:27:37 PM
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Wow feel bad for gamers in australia who cant play such a great game.

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Comment #55 by Snake Eyes
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 @ 10:13:38 PM
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To my fellow aussie adult gamers check out this youtube video because I think it suits our goverment/classification board perfectly

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Comment #56 by Wolf825
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 @ 10:58:45 PM
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This is seriously a 5-minute fix to pass the ratings board.

Just go in and change names from 'Methadone', 'Codeine', and 'Painkillers' to 'Extra Strength Aspirin', 'Medical Kit', and 'First Aid Kit'.

If you want to go the extra mile, have one of your artists take 10 minutes and make a little square box with a red cross or plus sign on it. Make the regular aspirin bottle a little larger.


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Comment #57 by Giptuc
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 @ 11:09:33 PM
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@56 If only gaming companies saw it as such a 5 minute fix

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Comment #58 by Superb0yman
Thursday, June 27, 2013 @ 01:28:43 AM
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It's just a game, nothing too bad will come out of it. Unless.....

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Comment #59 by Lordgold
Monday, July 01, 2013 @ 09:08:12 AM
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Australia needs an alien anal probe.

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