Australia bans Dead Island: Riptide trailer for suicide being "too graphic"
Posted: 30.05.2013 05:27 by Comments: 5
The Australian Advertising Standards Bureau has banned the Dead Island: Riptide trailer for "graphical content" and "depiction of suicide."

Apparently, some Australians complained that the trailer was "too traumatic": "I think that the ad is too graphic in terms of its depiction of suicide, particularly the final image of the man hanging from a tree. I think that this could be very traumatic for people who have experienced the suicide of a family member by hanging (or any other means)."

According to the ASB report, "The Board noted the fantasy content and the stylised nature of the advertisement and considered that the issue of suicide is a depiction of violence which is not justifiable even in the context of an advertisement for a computer game aimed at adults."

Of course, the trailer shows no graphic suicide, and the situation is that the couple would rather die than be eaten by a horde of zombies. And the hanging zombie wasn't necessarily a suicide - it could have been lynched.

But, the trailer was too sad, so don't expect to see it in Australian TV.

Source: Polygon


By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on May 30, 2013
Fair call. No reason to be displaying suicide, OR suicidal themes, when the suicide rate amongst our youth is on the rise.
A voice of reason, from the Land Down Under.
By danfreeman (SI Elite) on May 30, 2013
Too sad? Really? And i bet that the trailer had nothing to do with what`s in the game,you did this the first time Dead Island and we bashed you for it,why are you doing it again?
By JonahFalcon (SI Elite) on May 30, 2013
@herodotus: Is it suicide? Really? I suppose seeing the couple get torn apart and eaten by zombies would have been A-OK?

This isn't suicide from depression. It's not even suicide. It's a heroic sacrifice. They're taking out a group of zombies and sacrificing themselves in the process.
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on May 30, 2013
Call it what you will. I stand my by misguided principles!