Whatever sort of foolish nanny-state won't-somebody-think-of-the-children Jack-Thompsonesque video game censorship bullshit we have to put up with here on occasion — at least for a few months until a court strikes it down — we're far better off than our Aussie friends. Down there something with the charming name "Office of Film & Literature Classification"* can effectively ban a game by refusing to classify it. That's what they are doing in the case of the much anticipated Fallout 3, apparently because in the game — as in previous Fallout games — your character can take various drugs and medications. Most sensible thing, really, what with StimPacks and RadAway cutting a tragic swath through Down Under youths.
*Now, properly run, this could be the best government job ever:
Bureaucrat 1: OK. The end. Turn it off. Now, how would we classify that one?
Bureaucrat 2: Chick flick.
Bureaucrat 3: Totally. Pffft.
Bureaucrat 1: No it wasn't! It had action! That guy got shot!
Bureaucrat 2: Yeah, but there were, like, consequences.
Bureaucrat 3: And feelings.
Bureaucrat 2: Total chick flick.
Bureaucrat 1: You guys have classified the last ten movies we saw as chick flicks, and one of them had zombies.
Bureaucrat 2: Zombies with feelings.
Bureaucrat 3: Can we move on to classifying literature now? I've got some new terms for these "Left Behind" books.
edited to add some key words because I am a dumbass.
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