Since Australia has overcome the long struggle of introducing the 18+ classification for video games, there wasn't much to report in that regard, which is quite a good thing.
Until now. The newest installment of the open world franchise Saints Row 4, which has gone totally over the top in the meantime, was rejected by the Australian Classification Board ACB because of "implied sexual violence". A report was released that explains what the ACB board members did not like. The following excerpts show that those are mainly two things:
The game includes a weapon referred to by the Applicant as an “Alien Anal Probe”. The Applicant states that this weapon can be “shoved into enemy’s backsides”. The lower half of the weapon resembles a sword hilt and the upper part contains prong-like appendages which circle around what appears to be a large dildo which runs down the centre of the weapon. When using this weapon the player approaches a (clothed) victim from behind and thrusts the weapon between the victim’s legs and then lifts them off the ground before pulling a trigger which launches the victim into the air. After the probe has been implicitly inserted into the victim’s anus the area around their buttocks becomes pixelated highlighting that the aim of the weapon is to penetrate the victim’s anus. The weapon can be used during gameplay on enemy characters or civilians. In the Board’s opinion, a weapon designed to penetrate the anus of enemy characters and civilians constitutes a visual depiction of implied sexual violence that is interactive and not justified by context and as such the game should be Refused Classification.
The game contains an optional mission which involves the player obtaining and smoking drugs referred to as “alien narcotics”. Smoking the “alien narcotics” equips the player with “superpowers” which increase their in-game abilities allowing them to progress through the mission more easily.
Publisher Deep Silver has already announced that developer Volition will make adjustments for the Australian market so that a classification can be given by the ACB.
The uncensored version of the game can be ordered at Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk.