The Australian OFLC has released its verdict of the altered version of Fallout 3, giving reasons why the RPG has been cleared for release in the country while the original was refused classification.
It’s all down to drug use being fictional, apparently. In the first cut, the OFLC took umbrage at the fact one of the implements seen to take drugs in the game looked like a crack pipe. No longer. It sounds as though animations of drug-taking itself have been cut.
“The drugs depicted are fictional; drugs are depicted as stylised icons on a menu with the drug use itself not depicted,” said the report. “Whilst navigating a post-apocalyptic futuristic landscape, players can invoke the use of a variety of ‘chems’ listed by fictitious names which include ‘Buff’, ‘Rad-X’, ‘Psycho’ and ‘Ultrajet’. Within the context of the game’s narrative, the player may choose to make use of these “chems” to alter the physiological characteristics of their character in the game.”