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We Happy Few is the latest game to fall afoul of Australia's Classification Board

Shaun Prescott
 

We Happy Few, a dystopian survival game set in a retro-futuristic 1960s England, has been refused classification in Australia—meaning it's effectively banned. That's per the Australian Classification Board website, which published its decision earlier today. The refusal is associated with 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.

"It's true that there is a lot of drug taking in We Happy Few: in order to blend in as an ordinary citizen, drugs must be consumed. The player-character has a "joy" meter, which increases as more drugs are taken – but take too many and you'll overdose. It's likely that this incentive to take drugs in-game is the reason

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