If the newly announced game by Vile Monarch, Weedcraft Inc is granted classification here in Australia, you’ll be able to become a marijuana tycoon and cultivate an empire.
Announced this morning, the game functions much like other tycoon games, allowing you to grow an empire from humble origins into a burgeoning business. However, instead of theme parks or lemonade stands, Weedcraft Inc tasks you with overseeing an emerging weed producer in America, grappling with financial, political and cultural challenges along the way.
It sounds like an interesting game, prepared to tackle some complex social and political issues, but one that might struggle to be approved for classification by the Australian Classification Board (ACB). According to the National Classification Code, games that “depict… drug use or addiction… in such a way that they offend against the standards of morality, decency and propriety generally accepted by reasonable adults” are refused classification. Historically, the ACB has taken a hard stance against any game incorporating the use of illicit drugs related to incentives. It seems likely this game might be problematic in this regard.