Australian Rating Board Bans 1C’s NecroVisioN

Australia’s content rating board has refused age classification for NecroVisioN, a relatively obscure first-person shooter from developer 1C.

The game features a somewhat bizarre World War I meets demonic underworld theme. Australian site games.on.net reports that NecroVisioN is the first game to be RC’d in 2009.

The Classification Board explained its decision thusly:

When the player shoots an enemy combatant, a large volume of blood spray results and the enemy may be dismembered or decapitated. Injury detail is high with pieces of flesh seen flying from bodies when shot or a high level of wound detail visible on bodies. Post mortem damage occurs when bodies are shot resulting in blood spray, dismemberment and decapitation.

This level of blood and injury detail occurs frequently and throughout the game and in the Board’s view, exceeds a strong playing impact and therefore cannot be accommodated within the MA 15+ classification.

Despite the refusal to classify NecroVisioN, the game might still be salvaged by edit to the offending bits. A number of games initially banned in Australia have been subsequently resubmitted and cleared in this fashion.

Thanks to: GP reader Ryan!

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23 comments

  1. zel says:

    Their reasons for not giving it classification sound more like an advertisement. 1C should use it in their ads.

    I’m already sold, gonna go buy it 😛

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  2. Veritas says:

    When the player shoots an enemy combatant, a large volume of blood spray results and the enemy may be dismembered or decapitated. Injury detail is high with pieces of flesh seen flying from bodies when shot or a high level of wound detail visible on bodies. Post mortem damage occurs when bodies are shot resulting in blood spray, dismemberment and decapitation.

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    Didn’t we see that sort of stuff in Ninja Gaiden II? It got through with a MA.

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  3. Arell says:

    Well, any ban is wrong… but I think Australians can let this one go.  Necrovision looks decent, but it’s not doing well in the reviews.  I even watched some of it online, and it didn’t look that great.

  4. Kalerender says:

    We don’t really get touchy over Gallipoli. Unless you insult the troops then bottles tend to be shoved into orifices half broken, but a lot of countries feel that way. Everyone is taught about it growing up and it seems to mostly engender a sense of service/pride to the country. Oh and a hatred for british officers who couldn’t even check their watches. ANZAC day is pretty much a ‘go to morning services, go to afternoon, and tea time, and evening drinks’ for us. While I don’t do the drinkage anymore, I go down to services, and will take my kids when they’re a lil older (early morning april is freaking cold here).

    I’d never even heard of this game, and probably wouldn’t’ve bought it, but thanks to RC I shall endeavour to attain it should it not reach our shores.

  5. iceman654 says:

    No. There are no guidelines in the Classification Code to allow such a banning. Such a banning is inprecedented. The reason for the game being RC’d is clearly stated.

    That being said, this comes at the same time that Kevin Rudd is publicly condemning Fiji for censorship of the media, whilst he himself is forcing the introduction of mandatory ISP filters and one of his departments is banning video games in Australia.

    What an absolute joke this country is. Could the government appear anymore incompetent and hypocritical? Just another incident where the rest of the Western world is laughing at us for being so archaic.

  6. Veritas says:

    Australia is no longer wall-to-wall Labour, I believe West Australia is now Liberal, although I could be mistaken

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  7. Roh02 says:

    Id never heard of this game before it looks good pitty its just for PC though oh well nevermind

  8. Father Time says:

    A world war 1 game with demons…interesting, although it’s a shame the Aussies won’t be able to get it.

    Tis to be expected until Atkinson can get off his damn high horse ‘I know what’s best for the country and I know I’m right’ or get out of office.

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  9. TBoneTony says:

    Atkinson will never change his mind.

    Wait till 2010. Hopefully the Labor party will stuff up with a few decisions and the fear of continual Wall to Wall Labor will allow the Liberals and Nationals to win the next state election.

    This is perhaps the only way Australians could ever get the R18+ on the board,

  10. Zerodash says:

    I sure hope so.  But you seem to have some real nutjobs in your government currently.  Hopefully their days in office are numbered…

  11. Murdats says:

    we don’t filter it yet, and once the fixed trials are complete and they try to roll it out to the public then I believe it will collapse there, if not then the next politician will say "I am against internet filtering" and win.

  12. Zerodash says:

    Meh.  I’m immune to this kind of news from Austrailia.  What else do you expect from a so-called "free" country that filters the internet?

  13. jccalhoun says:

    The game is made by some of the people that made Painkiller and uses the Painkiller engine so if you liked that game you will like Necrovision.  The first half is set in WWI with demons and stuff but then you go to Hell and are fighting demons (and vampires) and that half plays very much like Painkiller.  If you can get past the WWI section which I found a bit lacking then the Hell section really picked up and was more fun.

     

     

     

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  14. TBoneTony says:

    Real War should be banned, and not Fictional or Fantasy War played out in Visual Entertainment.

    Sadly the politicians have their heads screwed around the wrong way on this. Also it was the Australian Government of 8 years ago who supported the wars in Afganastan and Iraq that we currently have now. And for those same politicians to try and bann Australian adults from Videogames like this and yet still subject allot of young men and women to the horrors or real wars seems like a really big contradiction.

    But the biggest contradiction is that in the Australian National Anthem, it says that we are all young and free, except for Aussie Gamers who are denied of an R18+ rating all because of just one person who just will not listen.

  15. Leet Gamer Jargon says:

    Took a look at this game: it actually looks alright. A little hectic and confusing, but otherwise, pretty cool.

    Sucks that Australia still hasn’t instituted an R18 rating. Bastards…Hypocritical, seeing that Australia was initially a continent used to exile Britain’s worst cutthroats, purse-snatchers, and murderers.

    Still….Hang in there, Aussie gamers! Your time shall come!…I hope…

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  16. mdo7 says:

    I remember reading this on Kotaku.  I think someone comment on kotaku this person quote:

    I think the Aussies are really sensitive about WWI. They lost a ton of people in the Gallipoli campaign and observe the fallen in a huge annual memorial called ANZAC Day. This game may have touched an unusually sore nerve.

    This game did take place in World War 1, A lot of Australians died during the real World War 1 (Galipolli Campaign).  Maybe this is why the game got banned in Australia.  It’s possible Michael Atkinson could be involved with the banning.  But I really find this outrageous banning this game.

  17. ZenAndNow says:

    Really sensitive? We sure are! Just like how the British still have a sore spot over America declaring independe-… oh wait. No we aren’t.

  18. ZenAndNow says:

    While Howard had his head up Bush’s ass, Rudd has his entire body in the intestines of China’s President.

    There’s no other reasonable explanation for him bringing a copypasta of China’s internet censorship method to Australia, and his refusal to see just (or perhaps, rather, show) how far the Communist Party’s money trail leads in his party.

  19. Aliasalpha says:

    Also it was the Australian Government of 8 years ago who supported the wars in Afganastan and Iraq that we currently have now

    Yeah but that was john howard, a man who had his tongue so far up bush’s arse that he could sometimes taste bush’s breakfast on its way in…

    Not that rudd is any better, he’s still a politician and therefore a twat (even if he is a distant relative of mine). I’d love to take him to task over this internet filter thing and see about getting the laws for the OFLC changes so it only has to be a majority decision & not unanimous

     

  20. hellfire7885 says:

    And thanks to this now even more people know about the game and are likely to want to play it. I know I want to, it’s like Doom in World War one


  21. TBoneTony says:

    I believe that the same things almost happened in Madworld for the Wii.

    But with the OFLC being who they are, they are far more conserned with realistic violence.

    If this was a more obscure game with Cell Shaded graphics like a dark gritty Cartoon with over the top violence but not realistic, then it would get an MA15+ rating for sure.

    But because of the realism and the blood sprays and decapitation all in full realistic glory, I guess that is where the game’s downfall is in Australia.

    Mr Atkonson believes that he is protecting Australian Adults from this game, but he has failed to realize that with an R18+ rating, kids would be better protected against games like GTA IV, Saint’s Row 2, Madworld and so many other great games that are just on the boarderline between the MA15+ and the R18+.

    Well just wait until 2010 Aussie Gamers, only those in South Australia can make that voice for us now.

    I am from Victoria who’s AG politician fully supports the R18+ rating, so I can’t do anything else for this situration except for keeping him in power while you South Australians need to do your part and put Mr Atkinson out of power.

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