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Grand Theft Auto III banned in Australia

Grand Theft Auto 3 is now officially banned in Australia, following a second analysis by the OFLC's Classification Review Board. The game will be removed from retail shelves and it is now illegal for it to be offered for sale.

Grand Theft Auto 3 is now officially banned in Australia, following a second analysis by the OFLC's Classification Review Board. The game will be removed from retail shelves and it is now illegal for it to be offered for sale.

Distributor Take 2 Interactive's requestfor a review of the "Refused Classification" rating given to Grand Theft Auto 3 by the Office of Film & Literature Classification (OFLC) has resulted in the review board upholding the original classification of "RC"-- making sale of the game illegal and causing all remaining copies to be pulled from retail.

This means that the game, rather than existing under a seemingly innocuous MA15+ rating, now falls under a black market shadow. In fact, the "Refused Classification" status of Grand Theft Auto 3 leaves retailers who continue to sell it liable for prosecution under relevant Australian State and Territory legislation. --Ed Dawson, Gamespot Australia