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Hotline Miami 2 is Essentially Banned in Australia for “Implied Rape”

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It seems that the ultra-violent Hotline Miami 2 was too much for the Australian Classification Board, as they have refused to classify the upcoming title from Dennaton Games.

To be clear, the board’s refusal to classify the game is basically a move that makes the game unsellable within stores in Australia. The reasoning behind the decision is peculair: the refusal wasn’t due to the game’s ultra-violence, but the implied rape scene featured in the game.

Apparently, the Australian Classification Board completely forbids sexualized violence in video games. Despite the addition of the R18+ certificate for “classifiable elements such as sex scenes and drug use that are high in impact”, this particular scene went too far.

We’ve also gotten a hold of the transcript from the Board’s report for Hotline Miami 2 (via Player Attack) which describes the scene in full detail:

“In the sequence of game play footage titled Midnight Animal, the protagonist character bursts into what appears to be a movie set and explicitly kills 4 people, who collapse to the floor in a pool of copious blood, often accompanied by blood splatter. After stomping on the head of a fifth male character, he strikes a female character wearing red underwear. She is knocked to the floor and is viewed lying face down in a pool of copious blood. The male character is viewed with his pants halfway down, partially exposing his buttocks. He is viewed pinning the female down by the arms and lying on top of her thrusting, implicitly raping her (either rear entry or anally) while her legs are viewed kicking as she struggles beneath him. This visual depiction of implied sexual violence is emphasised by it being mid-screen, with a red backdrop pulsating and the remainder of the screen being surrounded by black.”

That’s pretty vivid stuff. However, Devolver Digital has responded to the decision by pointing out the option given to players in the beginning of the game: a cut or an uncut version. The cut version is rape-free, which they’ve demonstrated:

The publisher has also released a public statement, accusing the Australian Classification Board of manipulating the truth when they detailed the scene:

“[W]e are concerned and disappointed that a board of professionals tasked with evaluating and judging games fairly and honestly would stretch the facts to such a degree and issue a report that describes specific thrusting actions that are not simply present in the sequence in question and incorrectly portrays what was presented to them for review.”

Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number is coming to PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, and PlayStation 3 some time in early 2015.

[Editor’s Note: The article originally said “[..] is basically a move that bans the game in the country,” wording that was misleading. This has been amended to be more accurate to the facts.]

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26 comments
  1. Solid Bow
    Solid Bow
    January 15, 2015 at 3:19 pm

    Australia is a SJW pit…

  2. Carl B.
    Carl B.
    January 15, 2015 at 3:20 pm

    My condolences to Aussie gamers and all the crap they have to put up with.

  3. Kraken
    Kraken
    January 15, 2015 at 3:36 pm

    they have a trigger warning in there for craps sake, the hell else do these people want? this reminds me of no russian “hey we have a really dark scene coming up and we’re gonna give you the choice to skip it, but dont let that stop you from getting up your ass offended by it!”

  4. Sarracenia
    Sarracenia
    January 15, 2015 at 3:37 pm

    Aussie reporting in here.nEveryone I know who enjoyed HM1 already has a way around the ban.nI’m going to very happily be playing this, doubly so knowing that the Classification Board has allowed Game of Thrones to be shown on TV with scenes of rape. Not “Implied” rape. They make sure you know. nBut a pixelated videogame cutscene? That’s too far guys!

  5. Tyrannikos
    Tyrannikos
    January 15, 2015 at 3:39 pm

    Thank you once again, Overlords, for deciding what is just too much for my wittle mind to handle! I’m glad you know me well enough to make these decisions for me.

  6. DeusExDraconian
    DeusExDraconian
    January 15, 2015 at 3:40 pm

    I have asked this elsewhere, but I have to ask again: “Where does a country founded as a penal colony for rapists and murderers get off on banning games for violence and ‘implied rape’?”

  7. Beau Wilkinson
    Beau Wilkinson
    January 15, 2015 at 3:44 pm

    I wonder if my Aussie self will still get the Collectors Edition i ordered

  8. Fenrir007
    Fenrir007
    January 15, 2015 at 3:49 pm

    I wasn’t aware Australia had been colonized by San Francisco.

  9. Mr0303
    Mr0303
    January 15, 2015 at 4:02 pm

    Get your shit together Australia! Bloody hell! How about the five guys nthat are killed before the “rape”? I guess this is less offensive to n”the standards of morality, decency and propriety generally accepted by nreasonable adults”.

  10. Chino Gambino
    Chino Gambino
    January 15, 2015 at 4:24 pm

    The ban has nothing to do with SJWism, the board is a hold out from another era. They are our version of a censorship board, they have the power to refuse classification to any media they want, even books. None of their bans are applied consistently, the criteria is barely followed and everyone who lives here who pays attention knows its a joke department that cannot justify its existence. We essentially have a few bureaucrats, that cannot possibly play and watch everything that comes at them granted a veto over what 20 million people may watch and read. Its tragically stupid.

  11. 33
    33
    January 15, 2015 at 4:33 pm

    So they can support their criminal desires via piracy.

  12. 2501
    2501
    January 15, 2015 at 4:34 pm

    I’m kinda shocked that people are defending this banning. The scene isn’t even that graphic and is very tame to say the least.

  13. Nonscpo
    Nonscpo
    January 15, 2015 at 4:48 pm

    Hooray for censorship, Australia you still haven’t let me down.

  14. Thanatos2k
    Thanatos2k
    January 15, 2015 at 6:42 pm

    Australia’s ratings board is seriously a joke.

  15. Cerzel
    Cerzel
    January 15, 2015 at 7:02 pm

    “To be clear, the refusal of giving the game a classification is basically a move that bans the game in the country.”nExcept it’s not. A ban and RC are different things. A game that is RC can’t be sold in stores in the country. That’s it. nThere is nothing preventing you from buying the game online, or nimporting a retail version if it exists. Banned material is illegal to npossess; RC material is not.

  16. Brandon Orselli
    Brandon Orselli
    January 15, 2015 at 8:04 pm

    I should have worded that better. I’ll edit it and add a clarification in the footnotes. Thanks!

  17. Narmy
    Narmy
    January 15, 2015 at 11:59 pm

    You sure about that? It says on the Australian classification board’s website that you can’t even import RC media. Not that that makes much of a difference with a digital-only game like Hotline Miami.nnsource:nhttp://www.classification.gov.au/Guidelines/Pages/FAQ-import-export.aspx

  18. Cerzel
    Cerzel
    January 16, 2015 at 12:56 am

    In short, it’s technically forbidden to import it, but only to the extent that customs will take hold of the item if they find it; it’s not a criminal offence to attempt to import it. Of course, obtaining digital products over the internet are totally exempt from dealing with customs.nnThe exceptions are Western Australia and some parts of Northern Territory, where RC material is illegal; the only places in the country where such ruling applies.nRelevant reading:nhttps://treatuslikeadults.wordpress.com/refused-classification-demystified/nhttp://libertus.net/censor/isp-blocking/au-govplan-refusedclassif.html#rcpossess

  19. sanic
    sanic
    January 16, 2015 at 12:57 am

    This is why I’ll always consider Australia a 3rd world country, this and the scorpions.

  20. Misogynerd
    Misogynerd
    January 16, 2015 at 1:25 am

    Implied Rape? Knowing Autralia they should said:nhttp://i3.kym-cdn.com/photos/images/original/000/597/448/e9d.jpg

  21. SnugRailgun
    SnugRailgun
    January 16, 2015 at 2:09 pm

    I am so glad I don’t live in Ausfalia.

  22. Maximilian
    Maximilian
    January 16, 2015 at 5:39 pm

    Don’t forget the spiders, dropbears and the dreaded hoopsnake too.

  23. sanic
    sanic
    January 16, 2015 at 11:53 pm

    Yeah it’s just no good.

  24. Sarracenia
    Sarracenia
    January 17, 2015 at 1:26 am

    EVEN BETTER!nThe developers said “Go ahead Australia, you’re allowed to pirate our game.”

  25. Choppinfoot
    Choppinfoot
    January 17, 2015 at 6:00 am

    apparently we’re all serial rapists waiting to happen