Crikey! We knew that Bethesda’s Fallout 3 was facing a possible ban down under, because of the apparently healthy effects from prescribed drug use in the game. When the news came, Thom proposed that the morphine could be changed to nectar, and in a way that’s exactly what Bethesda is planning to do.
The news come from the Australian censor board’s report that was aquired by IGN, where it basically says that the problem has been eradicated by renaming the drugs and making the images of drug-taking less obvious. Say hello to “Buff”, “Rad-X”, “Psycho” and “Ultrajet”, which will be the new fictional names of the chemicals.
“The player may choose to make use of these “chems” to alter the physiological characteristics of their character in the game,” says an excerpt from the board’s report.
It doesn’t really make much sense. Players are still able to use these “chems” to gain advantages in the game, and why would a drug called “Psycho” be less harmful than one called “Morphine“? If the problem with the game was that it glorified drug use, they should have gotten rid of all the drug references. They don’t really believe that people would go out and get a fix of morphine because that’s the specific drug used in the game, right? Would athletic people be more inclined to use anabolic steroids if “Stim Packs” in StarCraft was called “Steroids”? Don’t think so.
But, the good news is that Fallout 3 now has been given a MA 15+ rating and that the Aussies too can enjoy the game. In a less fun way.