By CCN Markets: Rockstar Games, the studio which published such smash hits as Grand Theft Auto V and the Red Dead Redemption series has seen yet another title banned in Australia—’Bonaire’, an unknown RockStar Games project has been struck by the AUS banhammer. The only other title to receive an initial ban was Manhunt.
While game rating boards have specific purposes, namely balancing artistic merit with the consumer’s well-being, they must also serve as an arbiter to the list of games allowed in their respective countries. A rating of “RC” means that a game will not be sold in the country. Bonaire has not been located within PEGI or any other rating systems as of this writing.
The AUS games rating board, known as the Australian Classification Board (ACB) revoked their rating for GTA: San Andreas after the Hot Coffee scandal, though they have been notoriously heavy-handed in the past, issuing tactical banhammer strikes against well-known titles such as Fallout 3 (Overturned, Morphine references changed to Med-X), We Happy Few, and South Park: The Stick of Truth (Overturned, with edits).
Any games which fall in the ‘too extreme’ for this category area are assigned an ‘NC’ rating, or refusal to rate the content. People over 18 years of age in most areas of Australia are legally allowed to own NC-rated content, but stores in Australia are prohibited from selling it to them.