Velvet Assassin Gets Away With Morphine In Austrialia

THQ and SouthPeak convinced Australia that the ubiquitous use of morphine in a World War II game is historically accurate — scoring an MA 15+ rating.

Drugs in video games don't often fly in Australia. For a while there, THQ — the Aussie distributor — had serious worries that Velvet Assassin would be banned, since they couldn't really take the morphine out, or make-believe it's something else like "magic awesome juice." Even worse, the way morphine affects Violette is far from historically accurate (see below).

"But, no," says Aubrey Norris, Velvet Assassin product manager. "We were surprised we didn't have any issues [with the ratings board] . They rated it like any other game." Norris said it was "a profound victory" for developer Replay Studios — they got away with something Fallout 3 couldn't. "We put something controversial out... and we stuck to our guns." Or rather, syringes.

The way morphine works in the World War II era is like bullet-time: the heroine, Violette Summer, can shoot up morphine to get by tense situations where she would otherwise be shot full of bullet holes. When this happens, she appears in her hospital nightgown, the Nazis move super-slow and Violette goes ninja on them with a knife while what looks like rose petals or droplets of blood drift by in a soft haze.

Oh yeah. Totally historically accurate.


    wtf? where the hell is austrialia- is it a land full of kangaroos with pouches full of apple strudel?

    But Fallout 3 was historically accurate as well. it just hasent hapend yet.

    Is it possible the OFLC aren't just a bunch of inconsistent f*cktards and are actually trying to help us get an R rating by highlighting the inadequacies of the current system?

    Yet again the laughably inconsistent nature of the Classification Board has been highlighted. What absolute hypocrites. If this doesn't prove they're a bunch of idiots I don't know what does. This will indeed help push for an R18+ rating however, as once again a game not suitable for children has been shoehorned into the MA15+ classification.

    She get away with it.... because she's hot.

    Thats crap, I have seen what Morphine does to someone after prelonged 'legitimate' use and it certainly doesn't make you f'n Neo in the Matrix. Morphine is what they make Herion from, and whens the last time anyone saw a Herion addict bust out the ninja skills...

    This is just hype via controversy with no substance or artistic merit behind it.

    Though really it is a non issue isnt it, if she did something more realistic and historically acurate and ate a Macca's Cheeseburger no one would care. Actually someone probably would, but they would be the same person that missed the sarcasim in the previous sentence so stuff'm!

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