Lost & Damned Reverts Australian GTAIV Censorship

In 2008, Grand Theft Auto IV on console was released in Australia in a censored form. No blood pools, no sexy camera angles. In 2009, though? All is forgiven, all censorship, removed.

How? Well, let's just say that for all the complicated legal issues that make Australia's classification laws more cumbersome than most Americans realise, the Classification Board aren't without blame. They're woefully inconsistent. They'll let some games in for drug use, but outlaw others. They'll refuse classification for a game featuring polygonal dismemberment, but allow one (Gears 2) that lets you literally bathe up to your waist in blood.

And it's that inconsistency that's allowed the following crazy events. See, the original Australian version of GTAIV on console was censored. Blood was kept to a minimum, and you couldn't enjoy the same kind of intimate viewing experience with ladies of the night as you could elsewhere.

But when the PC version rolled around later in the year, it passed without incident. It did include blood pools, and it also included the full range of sex-related camera angles, despite being the same game intended for the same audience.

Newly-released expansion Lost & Damned is no different. It's been given an MA15+ rating - the highest permissible in the country - and will have all the blood and sex that was deemed unacceptable less than a year ago in the same country.

Leaving us with this absurd situation: If you boot up your 360 copy of GTAIV and play GTAIV, it's censored. But if you boot up your 360 copy of GTAIV and play L&D, you'll get the full, uncensored experience.

Sigh.


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    "If you boot up your 360 copy of GTAIV and play L&D, you'll get the full, uncensored experience."

    Unless of course your mate was in the UK at the time of it's release and bagged you a copy.

    Now that this is uncensored I'm guessing that its ok to kill a dude in real life......I'm off to 7/11 to commit me some crimes because xbox says I can. Atkinson was right by holding my hand and not allowing me to play violent games.

    *facepalm*

    Yeah i noticed this whilst playing, Motorbike tires leaving blood marks down the road.
    Very Inconsistant.
    But meh, atleast we got it in some form...

    On the contrary, I've had the UK version of GTA IV since release, completely, uncensored violence and free camera while conducting business with prostitutes - so i've been playing Lost & Damned for a few hours, thought I'd pick up a girl to hear any new witty dialogue.. after finding a spot to park the camera locked onto the rear bumper and couldn't be moved, just like the Australian version. Colour me lost AND DAMNED

    A stupid.
    You is one.

    If you start standalone GTA IV on Xbox 360 you will be prompted to update, this patch removes the censoring aswell.

    I queried the unedited nature of the PC version to Jason Hill of Screenplay ( http://blogs.theage.com.au/screenplay/ ) by email and he stated that Rockstar self-edited the Xbox version BEFORE submitting it to the OFLC.

    So in this instance, a rant about the OFLC is just wrong.

    It was Rockstar that censored the game, not the Classification Board. They didn't bother producing an edited version for the PC, and it got through fine, indicating that their paranoia the first time around was misplaced.

    I don't think you can really call Rockstar "paranoid" considering GTA III did get banned/pulled from shelves for exactly the stuff they removed from GTA IV. However if they had just submitted the unedited version to the Classification Board and seen what happened they could possibly have saved everyone a lot of hassle.

    At the end of the day the Classification Board and their inconsistency is still to blame, in a round-about kind of way. I mean why did GTA III get pulled from shelves, but the uncensored version of GTA IV in PC is now A-OK?

    The Australian classification board isn't the only one guilty of inconsistency.

    Remember a little something called "Hot Coffee". The M rated game got pulled from shelves and re-released in America as well just because some stupid politician had an objection to hidden sexual content, which was almost laughable.

    Correct me if I'm wrong but I'm pretty sure even though America has an Adults Only rating Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft all have policies of not allowing an AO game to be released for their console.

    I think it's a bit of a joke to ban San Andreas for the hot coffee mod, but then allow full frontal nudity in GTA IV: Lost and Damned.

    My AUS version is now totally uncensored since downloading that patch that was released in the last week. Once I downloaded the Lost and the Damned, it is also uncensored. So both the original version and the DLC are now uncensored for me!

    Since the release of DLC for GTA IV on XBOX 360 a patch was released for the censored GTA IV, giving you a marketplace menu, and uncensored content. Meaning pools of blood, different phrases spoken by certain characters, blood soked clothes and blood on character's faces. For the normal GTA IV, with Niko.

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