The Bug Butcher Denied Classification In Australia
(Last Updated On: July 21, 2016)

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.

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.

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  • Ebalosus

    Available in NZ though (just checked). Surprising, as usually a ban in Aus also means a ban here too (because publishers are fucking lazy). So that’s:

    New Freeland – 1
    Bannedstralia – 0

  • The only good bug is a dead bug!


  • TBill

    Is Starcraft 2 banned in Australia? Marines use stimpacks as a powerup that also hurts them. What about Fallout 4?

  • Michael P

    So the “old guard” conservatives strike again! Since the R rating came in they have had a hard time finding ways to protect the impressionable youth from the evil vidya made for adults, the link here being pretty weak but clear under our rules.

    The Aussie ratings board is full of old people, out of touch with modern values/beliefs. We need a few people in their 30’s on the board to consult with the Devs/Pubs so that situations like this are easily avoided, the average Aussie gamer could’ve told them the syringe/speed link would lead to an instant rejection.

  • Hawk Hopper

    This game looks like an updated Centipede style game, nothing offensive gameplay wise.

    If this game was really banned in Australia because “…using “Speed Powerup” in combination with a surringe” that is really stupid reason for censorship (the vast majority of reasons for censorship are retarded) and the game should be allowed the be released there.

  • C G Saturation

    Well, I just read that Australia has been banning clapping, hugging, singing Christmas carols, celebrating Australia Day, singing the word “black” in the nursery rhyme “baa baa black sheep”, and the terms “ladies” and “women”.

    So… this is hardly surprising. Disgustingly sad and pathetic, but not surprising.

  • I should make it a habit to post this song every time Australia bans a game

  • giygas

    C’mon, not even PETA gives a shit about bugs.

  • Alistair

    This is the most stupidest censorship that SJWs can come up with never mind “oh please think of the children” it now “oh please think of the bugs” as with fictional characters hasnt got rights bugs not got rights too drawing or otherwise.

    Bravo ACB you just make yourselves even more stupid then before.