Awfully Nice Studios apparently wasn’t nice enough to the Australian Classification Board because they denied the developers a classification for the release of their game The Bug Butcher.
Nick Monroe from Gameranx (who infrequently contributes to One Angry Gamer) reported that the game’s submission to the classification board was promptly rejected, leaving publisher Triangle Studios and developer Awfully Nice Studios high and dry when it comes to releasing The Bug Butcher in Australia. In fact, the game won’t be released there since it was denied classification on July 20th, 2016.
So what was the reason? Well, only a general notice was issued on the Australian Classification website, which states…
“The computer game is classified RC in accordance with the National Classification Code, Computer Games Table, 1. (a) as computer games that “depict, express or otherwise deal with matters of sex, drug misuse or addiction, crime, cruelty, violence or revolting or abhorrent phenomena in such a way that they offend against the standards of morality, decency and propriety generally accepted by reasonable adults to the extent that they should not be classified.”
Apparently they think that the game has “abhorrent phenomena” or is an act of “cruelty” and “violence” against bugs. I mean, you can’t be mean to bugs in today’s politically correct society.
[Update 7/21/2016:] Awfully Nice Studios posted a message on Twitter explaining why the game was banned.
@CensoredGaming_ Got banned because we are using "Speed Powerup" in combination with a surringe. We never thought about this being an issue.
— Awfully Nice (@_AwfullyNice_) July 21, 2016
If you need a taste of what sort of “abhorrent phenomena” is contained within The Bug Butcher, you can check out a gameplay video below courtesy of YouTuber SleepCycles.
It’s baffling to see how the game was denied classification. It’s hard to imagine how it’s any worse than so many other games out there.
The classification decision follows many others in which Australia has denied games release within the region. They also recently denied classification for the Japanese game Meiq on the grounds that having young characters in a game with another character that has on suggestive clothing made the game unsuitable for people due to it promoting underage sexual activity.
Nevertheless, The Bug Butcher is currently available in other territories that is not Australia for $7.99 from the Steam store.