Censorship News & Updates


IARC – April RC ratings

May 13, 2022

7 Days to Die (Game Preview) - The Fun Pimps Entertainment

Six games were banned in April under the automated International Age Rating Coalition system. They are the usual assortment of survival horror, casino slots, action RP, Arabic quizzes and weed farming.

More details can be found in the Game IARC Censorship Timeline.


Oshi no Love yori Koi no Love + Love or Die – RC

May 6, 2022

Oshi no Love yori Koi no Love + Love or Die 推しのラブより恋のラブ+ラブ・オア・ダイ

A RC decision has just appeared in the National Classification Database for a package of OSHI NO LOVE YORI KOI NO LOVE and the sequel LOVE OR DIE. The trigger was the April 28 Nintendo Switch release.

This visual novel game was listed as 推しのラブより恋のラブ+ラブ・オア・ダイand was backdated to February 25. It was banned under the automated International Age Rating Coalition system.

More details can be found in the Game IARC Censorship Timeline.


RimWorld (2016) – Review Board report

April 29, 2022

RimWorld (2016) - Randy


The full Classification Review Board report has now been added to our Censorship of RIMWORLD database entry.

On April 20, a four-member panel unanimously voted to rate it R18+ (High impact themes & drug use).

23 written submissions were received from ‘interested parties’. This compares with zero fro DISCO ELYSIUM – THE FINAL CUT (2021) and one for WE HAPPY FEW (2016).


IARC – March RC ratings

April 15, 2022

Arena Battle 3vs3 2022 - Sarp Apps

Ten games were banned in March under the automated International Age Rating Coalition system. They include the usual mixed bag of drug dealing, anime, tactical shooting, puzzles, toilet humour and truth and dare games.

More details can be found in the Game IARC Censorship Timeline.


New IARC RC for 2020-21

April 3, 2022

Crusader Kings 3 (2020) - Paradox Interactive

Another four Refused Classification IARC entries have been backdated into the National Classification Database.

In August 2020, Paradox Interactive received an RC for CRUSADER KINGS III. That was soon changed to MA15+ (Strong drug use) then increased to R18+ (Interactive drug use, online interactivity). This week saw two new RC entries backdated to 2021-08-11 and 2020-10-23.

An entry was also added, dated 2021-09-15, for JORDAN JONES DIES IN SPACE from MAMMOTH VR.

Finally, ULTREÏA from RedDeerGames sp. z o.o. was added on 2021-12-24. This looks to have been triggered by the recent Nintendo Switch release.

Entries have been added to the Game IARC Censorship Timeline.


A Place for the Unwilling (2019) – Banned

March 26, 2022

A Place for the Unwilling (2019)

This week, two Refused Classification IARC entries have been backdated for 2021 into the National Classification Database. Both are the same game.

2021-01-25 – A PLACE FOR THE UNWILLING – ALPixel Games
2021-11-23 – APFTU – Parallel Circles

A PLACE FOR THE UNWILLING was last week released on PlayStation, Xbox and Nintendo Switch.

Entries have been added to the Game IARC Censorship Timeline.


Skyjacked (1972)

March 25, 2022

Skyjacked (1972)

SKYJACKED (1972) has been added back into the database.

The banning of this Charlton Heston film and the links to Rod Serling’s THE DOOMSDAY FLIGHT (1966) and Scott Hicks’ CALL ME MR. BROWN (1986) is a wild story.


IARC – February RC ratings

March 11, 2022

Hill Climb Racing Cars 3 - PedriApps

Eight games were banned in February under the automated International Age Rating Coalition system. They include four driving/racing titles, intimate questions and a musical rhythm game.

Four of these were from a developer called PedriApps. Judging by the titles, they appear to be over-declaring the impact level of content or declaring non-existent content.

More details can be found in the Game IARC Censorship Timeline.


Deathsmiles I・II (2021) – Banned

March 2, 2022


Deathsmiles I & II (2021)

Two games were Refused Classification on February 28. The first was the side-scrolling shoot ’em up, DEATHSMILES I・II (2021).

This is the sixth Japanese game to be banned in Australia since 2016. The other titles were MEIQ: LABYRINTH OF DEATH (2015). VALKYRIE DRIVE BHIKKHUNI (2015), OMEGA LABYRINTH Z (2017), SONG OF MEMORIES (2018) and MARY SKELTER FINALE (2021).


RimWorld (2016) – Banned

March 2, 2022

RimWorld (2016)

The second game Refused Classification on February 28 was the console version of RIMWORLD (2016).

UPDATE: This decision was removed from the National Classification Database on March 3. The reason is unknown.


Blood on Satan’s Claw (1971)

February 25, 2022

Blood on Satan's Claw (1971)

The folk horror classic, BLOOD ON SATAN’S CLAW (1971), has been added to the site. At the time of its theatrical classification, the R-rating had only been in operation for less than three months. However, this did not stop Roadshow from chasing a more commercial M-rating, which resulted in extensive cuts.

A couple of years earlier, Piers Haggard’s previous film, WEDDING NIGHT (1969), was also censored in Australia.


Paradise PD (2018–21) – MA15+ revoked

February 4, 2022

Paradise PD (2018–2021) – Netflix Australia

The Classification Board have revoked the Netflix Tool ratings awarded to PARADISE PD.

Seasons 1 and 2 of this American adult animated sitcom were originally classified MA15+ (Strong Themes, Strong Nudity, Strong Violence, Strong Blood and Gore, Strong Coarse Language, Strong Drug Use, Strong Sex Scenes, Strong Crude Humour) in 2018 and 2020.

Season 3 received an MA15+ (Strong Themes, Strong Nudity, Strong Violence, Strong Blood and Gore, Strong Coarse Language, Strong Sex Scenes, Strong Crude Humour) in 2021.

In mid-2021, the Board revoked the MA15+ and reclassified them all as R18+ (High impact crude sexual humour). The reviews were prompted by a complaint by a member of the public. All are now streaming on Netflix Australia with their new ratings.

These decisions are now in the Film Censorship Timeline.


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