There’s a confusing story on GameSpot this morning which reports that the PC version of Grand Theft Auto IV will be released in the Australian market with no content edits.
It’s odd because earlier this year Australian censors refused to issue a rating to the console versions of GTA IV until some of the game’s animated hooker sex scenes were chopped. An unnanmed Australian Rockstar spokesperson told GameSpot:
Grand Theft Auto IV PC has been rated MA15+ strong violence, sex scenes, coarse language, and drug references by the Australian Classification Office. The PC game is unedited in any way and identical in content to the international version.
So… does this mean that Australia’s Office of Film and Literature Classification is no longer concerned about the hooker animations? Or that it is – for some reason – less concerned about them in the PC version?
Is it possible that R* left the animations out of the PC version? Will future shipments of the console version to Australia add the sex scenes back in?
Something doesn’t add up on this one.