The extended edition of the best role-playing game, Disco Elysium: The Final Cut, was denied a rating in Australia earlier this year. That didn’t stop it from being available on Steam in Australia, though, as digital distribution sometimes flies under the radar; the refusal to classify only prohibits sales in the country, preventing stores from storing physical editions, while digital showcases overseas remain gray. area that can go in any seemingly random way.
It's a disgraceful failure of Australian law that, even after struggling to get an R18 + rating for video games, anything that includes statistically increasing drugs — at Disco Elysium, speeding up the engine and psyche although there are also negative consequences, the classification will be denied. Now, after Za / um Studios requested that the denial be reviewed on April 16, that denial has been overturned and replaced with an R18 + rating.
The Australian Classification Committee is usually blamed for decisions like this, but they are limited by the rules they are required to follow. The real problem is that, thanks to a peculiarity of Australian law, these rules can only be changed with the cooperation of each state government, which is not exactly a priority at this time. Until it becomes one, this cycle will continue to repeat itself, the Board will initially reject the classification, as the rules say they must do so, reversing the decision in response to changes made by developers or an application and returning to review, as in this case.
He document explaining the revised decision it is interesting, once past the boiler, clearly written by people who understand Disco Elysium. They write that while it contains drug use and explores issues of addiction, "the issues are related to the detective investigating a murder, while also trying to manage his own alcohol addiction and reunites their lives after substance abuse. References to drugs are inextricably linked ". The conclusion is called a "complex and nuanced representation of the theme that adapts the narrative to a mature audience." Honestly, it hits a score at the end and that’s a comment to be proud of.