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    Fallout 3 rated in New Zealand

    Fallout 3 has been rated 18+ for NZ, which is getting the same release as the rest of the world according to GamePlanet Store.
    Word just through from the local distributor that Fallout 3 has been classified R18: Contains Graphic Violence and Offensive Language.

    They also sent through some other info in relation to the classification...

    To put some rumours to rest, the version releasing here in New Zealand is the same version that will be released globally. Fallout 3 publisher Bethesda has confirmed that the cuts made to its upcoming post-apocalyptic RPG in order to gain the approval of Australian censors have been incorporated into the international version of the title.
    Spotted on PlanetFallout.

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    Doesnt mean sweet fuck all, I've never been ID-ed buying a game here. As far as I know ratings are not legalily binding on computer games (law makers are too slow to keep up with the times). I think it's more of a 'suggestion' to parents or 'responsible' store owners.

    I wonder if I should be a total nerd and camp outside EB games to be the first to own a copy.... I think not. I'm glad my computer is an old piece of junk that want play this game, even if I had a new PC I dont think I'd want to rape the hardward with BethOut 3

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    Heh. I remember when NWN1 came out as 16+. Not that shops bothered to card, most of the time, I think.

    NZ censors are mostly inspired from Australian ones so this isn't a big surprise, although when I talked to Bill Hastings a few years ago (NZ chief censor) he was thinking about whether they ought to take a more independent approach to games.

    Wonder if NZ would have banned it without the Morphine name change.

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    Now's there's a surprise a New Zealand Government department coping off another country instead of thinking for themselves...

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    I'm sure this ain't nothing the good people from NZ have never seen before, what with all those Orcs and Warrior princecess running around down there.

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    There's no place quite like Matamata to find a midgit for a game of toss the dwarf (or hobit). There's not Orcs in Fallout (err fallout 1 & 2 anyway), and Xena wasnt my type (though she lived next door to some of my relatives).

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    Now that you mention midgets, I've not seen any dwarfs yet in Fallout 3. They were in both FO1 and 2, so I wonder why they didn't make the cut?

    Actually it doesn't bother me at all, but I've yet to see anyone complain about it and I thought I'd bring it up. Actually this has the potential to be thread splitting but I have the feeling nobody will talk about it enough to warrant such.

    So anyways.. I use to be friends with this guy from Australia. My impression of Australia, from talking to him, is that they're they biggest video game pirates in the world. xD So I don't really see why video game ratings would restrict them since they're all just purchasing copied games off of each other. Of course, I know nothing about it myself, since I've never actually been there (and for all I know he could have been from the US).

    How is NZ's piracy market by comparison?

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    No Midgets? Isnt' that discrimination?

    Software piracy in NZ is more of a word of mouth thing, people would copy the games off their friends etc... It's a fairly normal and exceptable thing. Back when I was a kid and we all had Commodore 64s I never bought one game, in fact I dont know anyone who ever bought a single game. Though my friend's cousin did buy one once.

    Most people will freely share their game/cracks around and there's not a lot of "pay me $5 for a cd" because you'd probably want to beat them down for charging you for pirated stuff. That being said pirated console games were sold a lot, PC games not so much (funny, every one thinks PC gamers are the biggest theives but the console piracy is a lot more organised). The guy I work with was/is the biggest mod chip installer in the whole region (which is legal) but he never sold any games (not that stupid) but his friend did and got caught.

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    It doesn't help any that the price of games down there is rediculous, like twice what it is in the states I think.

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    That would be the exchange rate. but yes a game will cost $100 normally but they do tip $110 more often. But if you have a really old computer like me you can get by on the bargin bin games for $20 (to bad my computer is getting too old for those now as well).

    for the record:

    $100.00 NZD = $68.7524 USD

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