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Australia’s Interactive Games and Entertainment Association has spoken on DayZ’s classification drama down under, stating that the ratings guideline forbidding the use of “illicit or proscribed drugs” in a way that could be interpreted as an incentive or reward is “not representative of what a reasonable Australian would see as a reason to effectively ban a piece of creative content.”

The Australian Classification Board recently determined Bohemia Interactive’s DayZ (which has been playable as a standalone game since 2013) would be refused classification due to “illicit or proscribed drug use related to incentives or rewards,” a video game rating hurdle that has persisted in Australia despite the major reforms of 2013. The RC rating came after an unsuccessful application to rate the retail console version due out later this year. DayZ was already available digitally in Australia, rated MA15+ by the automated International Age Rating Coalition (IARC) classification tool used by the Australian Classification Board to ensure the tens of thousands of digital games released each year have some kind of classification advice.

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