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Hines: Global censorship rules are “frustrating”

Wednesday, 3rd September 2008 09:41 GMT By Patrick Garratt

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Speaking to CVG, Bethesda’s Peter Hines has admitted he finds dealing with censorship boards across different countries a difficult business.

“The frustrating thing for us is that the standards and rules can be so varied across territories, that we work with five or six ratings agencies and each one has different ‘hot buttons’,” he said.

“In one place nudity is a big deal but violence is fine, and in another place drugs are a problem but nudity is fine. I guess that’s the way of the world – not every country is the same. You’re not aiming at one target, you’re aiming at six different ones, worrying about how each one will feel about different things.

“We just go through and make the game that we want to make – We have our eyes wide open, mindful of the things that could be flagged up and how we’re going to resolve them if that becomes a problem,” he added.

Hines told us at Games Convention that the version of Fallout 3 now rated in Australia – after the original submission was refused – couldn’t be classed as “cut” or “lesser” than any other version, as the game was yet to be rated in all territories.

Fallout 3′s out for PC, PS3 and 360 this October.

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