Australia Punishes Gamers With Prudish Ideals in Rockstar ‘Bonaire’ Ban

Australia Punishes Gamers With Prudish Ideals in Rockstar ‘Bonaire’ Ban

By CCN Markets: Rockstar Games, the studio which published such smash hits as Grand Theft Auto V and the Red Dead Redemption series has seen yet another title banned in Australia—’Bonaire’, an unknown RockStar Games project has been struck by the AUS banhammer. The only other title to receive an initial ban was Manhunt.

While game rating boards have specific purposes, namely balancing artistic merit with the consumer’s well-being, they must also serve as an arbiter to the list of games allowed in their respective countries. A rating of “RC” means that a game will not be sold in the country. Bonaire has not been located within PEGI or any other rating systems as of this writing.

The AUS games rating board, known as the Australian Classification Board (ACB) revoked their rating for GTA: San Andreas after the Hot Coffee scandal, though they have been notoriously heavy-handed in the past, issuing tactical banhammer strikes against well-known titles such as Fallout 3 (Overturned, Morphine references changed to Med-X), We Happy Few, and South Park: The Stick of Truth (Overturned, with edits).

Bonaire Rated ‘RC’ in Australia | Image courtesy: Kotaku

Games Rating board Criteria’

  • For Mature (18+) Restricted ratings, the ACB utilizes the following criteria:
  • “Realistic and explicit” depictions of violence is permitted, but violence that is “frequently gratuitous, cruel, exploitative and offensive to a reasonable adult” will not be permitted.
  • Themes can have a “very high degree of intensity” but should not be “exploitative”.
  • Sexual violence is permitted only to the extent that they are “necessary to the narrative” and “not exploitative” or “not shown in detail”.
  • Sexual activity can be “realistically simulated”, but a depiction of “actual sexual activity is not permitted”.
  • Drug use can be shown but “not gratuitously detailed” and should also “not be promoted or encouraged”. For computer games, drug use related to “incentives and rewards” is not permitted.
  • Nudity in a sexual context should “not include obvious genital contact”.
  • Coarse language is virtually unrestricted.

Any games which fall in the ‘too extreme’ for this category area are assigned an ‘NC’ rating, or refusal to rate the content. People over 18 years of age in most areas of Australia are legally allowed to own NC-rated content, but stores in Australia are prohibited from selling it to them.

This article is protected by copyright laws and is owned by CCN Markets.

Over 100 Australians are estimated to have lost nearly AUD $3 million to a cryptocurrency investment scam based in Gold Coast, Queensland. According to a statement released by Queensland Police, the dozens of Australians, most of whom are senior citizens, lost approximately AUD $2.7 million (USD $1.83 million) to the scam. The hardest-hit victim lost AUD $850,000 (USD $575,600) in the fraudulent…

An Australian citizen who ran an international crypto Ponzi scheme will face justice after police in India finally arrested him – but not before he defrauded victims out of $28 million. ‘Hybrid crypto’ with low risks and high returns India’s Special Task Force (STF) arrested Sydney resident Harpreet Singh Sahni in a hotel near the Delhi airport, the Times of India reported on Tuesday. According…

A draft legislation in Australia is seeking to prohibit the use of cash in making transactions for amounts exceeding $AUD10,000 ($6,900) has spared cryptocurrencies. The goal of imposing the cash payment limit is to prevent tax evasion, money laundering and other illicit activities. Among the reasons the Australian government has given regarding the decision to exclude crypto from the cash…

The largest institution of higher learning in Western Australia, Curtin University, has launched a crypto PhD Scholarship Fund that will accept donations entirely in Bitcoin and Ethereum cryptocurrencies. The PhD program is targeting students interested in pursuing blockchain technology and other computer science subsets. A new Cryptocurrency PhD Scholarship Fund launched by @CurtinUni will…

An Australian couple lost AUD $900,000 after “investing” in an elaborate cryptocurrency scam. Mike Taylor, 70, and his wife Karen told local station 7News that the losses represented the couple’s lifetime savings: “That was the whole of our superannuation – that’s now gone.” They did not explain in detail how the scheme worked; however, Taylor commented that it was a cryptocurrency trading…

By CCN Markets: One of Australia’s biggest banks this week announced they will be closing down the account of far-right activist Blair Cottrell on the 25th of July. Described by several media groups as a ‘neo-Nazi’, Cottrell posted proof of the closure via his Gab account. Westpac has given Cottrell a few weeks notice to file for an extension. Australian Bank Bans Far-Right Activist Westpac…

Read More