First it was refused classification. Then it was modified and resubmitted, and finally accepted. Fallout 3 had a rocky ride toward legal sale in Australia, and that ride didn’t get any easier when the news dropped that the Australian edit of Fallout 3 would in fact be the only edition – The edits made to negotiate our tricky classification board would be forced on gamers globally.
But don’t fret, according to Pete Hines (VP of Public Relations & Marketing for Bethesda), it seems our worst fears of game experience alterations haven’t been realised, just yet…
We had added a new chem to Fallout 3 and had given it a real-world name, Morphine. Questions were raised about the use of that real-world drug, not only in Australia, but other territories as well. We decided there was no reason it needed to be named that and it should be a fictional name like the other chems, so we changed it to “Med-X”.
Further mode, Hines added…
The chems in the original Fallout used fictional names…Buffout, Jet, Rad-X, etc. Those all appear in Fallout 3 in exactly the same way as before.
So there you have it, all it took to get past our unbalanced censorship laws, this time, was a change of name.
Official Word on the Fallout 3 Changes: Morphine Now Med-X [UGO Games Blog]