Aussies Ban Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Posted on July 29, 2005

Australia isn't bothering with changing the game ratings on Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas -- they are simply banning the game outright. Because of the hidden sex scenes found in the game Australia's Office of Film and Literature Classification has outlawed sales of the game.

Here is a statement released by Australia's Office of Film and Literature Classification: "Revocation of a classification means the computer game cannot be legally sold, hired, advertised or exhibited in Australia from the date the decision is made."

Originally the game had an MA15+ rating in Australia, meaning it could only be sold to people over the age of 15. The BBC reported that Australians were also warned to watch and make sure kids who already owned the game did not have access to the Hot Coffee modification:
"Businesses that sell or hire computer games should remove existing stocks of this game from their shelves immediately," said the director of the ratings board, Des Clark.

"Parents are strongly advised to exercise caution in allowing children continued access to the game, particularly if they have might have access to the 'Hot Coffee' modification."

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