An engraved Bond Arms Snake Slayer derringer with two sets of barrels; one in .45 LC & .410, the other in .357 Magnum. According to the owner/seller, the engraving work was done by Tony Lee Frost, a well known engraver for knives and firearms. Although a derringer is generally in the $400 or less range, the spare barrel and the professional engraving helped to snag a final selling price of $1,525.00. (GRH)
Outlast 2 banned in Australia for scenes of 'sexual violence'
Upcoming horror sequel Outlast 2 has been banned in Australia after being refused classification by the Australian government’s ratings board. Published by Red Barrels, the game is set for release on 25 April.
The Australian Classification Board published its refusal on 15 March, but did not specify its exact reasoning. Kotaku Australia however, did some digging and found out why.
According to its report, Outlast 2 was banned for a depiction of implied sexual violence during a scene involving the male protagonist seemingly being assaulted while surrounded by other instances of violence.
The Australian ratings board only published the criteria for a refusal, stating it has the right to refuse when games “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.”
Kotaku requested a more detailed breakdown of the offending scene, which was sent by the ratings board and can be read in full below. It does contain spoilers for the anticipated game, so be warned.
In one cut-scene in the game … a female creature prepares Blake for a ritual. She says: “I want to see your true face. Your seed will burn this world.” Shortly afterwards, he objects to having psycho-active dust blown into his face, yelling,:“Nope! Nope!” before he stumbles into a forest clearing.
His vision blurring, he witnesses what appears to a ritualistic orgy. His wife, Lynn, calls out for his help, saying: “It hurts! Oh god!” as she hangs from chains on a raised platform at the front of the clearing. Humanoid creatures, their skin grey, spattered with blood and scarred, implicitly have sex as others pray, or chant, or gesticulate.
One creature has another bent over a rock, thrusting as they implicitly have rear-entry sex, another sits astride the pelvic region of a creature prone on the ground, moving their hips rhythmically as they too implicitly have sex. Two other pairs of creatures in the clearing are also implicitly having sex.
As Blake yells for the creatures to “Get away from her!” a female creature, her greyish breasts bared, pushes him onto his back, holds his arms to the ground and repeatedly thrusts her crotch against him. As Blake protests, saying “No! Stop that!” the creature thrusts again, before placing its face over his midsection and then sitting up and wiping its mouth.
Although much of the contact between the creature and Blake is obscured, by it taking place below screen, the sexualised surroundings and aggressive behaviour of the creature suggest that it is an assault which is sexual in nature. The board is of the opinion that this, combined with Blake’s objections and distress, constitutes a depiction of implied sexual violence.
In the board’s opinion, the above example constitutes a depiction of implied sexual violence and therefore cannot be accommodated within the R18+ classification category and the game is therefore refused classification.
The board also implied that were the game to be submitted with the scenes in question cut, it would pass with the R18+ rating the publisher would have been expecting or hoping for. It’s not clear whether Red Barrels plans on doing this.
Outlast 2 will be released for PS4, Xbox One and PC in the UK, Europe and North America at least on 25 April.
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After Ean it was Kile’s turn, and he barreled across the set, making me scream when he scooped me up and spun me around.
“Put me down!”
“Why? Because you’re queen? I’ll need a better reason than that.”
He finally stopped, facing the camera, and I knew we were both grinning like idiots. These pictures would be a completely different kind of spectacular.
Side-by-side 8 gauge hunting rifle with smooth shotgun set of barrel
Manufactured by Manceau in Lyon, France, with barrels made by the Mallet brothers and proofmarked in Saint-Etienne, also France and like a few kilometers away actually. You can bike between the two if you want. Nowadays you’d probably be run over on the highway though. Break-action, the side-lever double as an added trigger guard. Serial number 746. Engravings on the gun feature among other things a stoned elephant and a disheveled lion (lyon?).
Elaborately Engraved and Inlaid Four Barrel Swivel Breech Percussion Combination Gun by M. J. Whitmore of Potsdam, New York
from Rock Island Auctions
“M. J. Whitmore of Potsdam, New York, worked at the Wagon & Gun Shop and is believed to have been the man who trained Lewis L. Hepburn of Remington fame. He was one of the men listed on a breech loading patent in 1860 and also received a patent for a "clock, calendar.” Many of Whitmore’s surviving firearms utilize the swivel breech mechanism and have long metal actions like this example. Most, however, are over/under combination guns, but this unusual mid-19th century arm has four barrels. Three are .40 caliber and rifled and one is .410 caliber smoothbore. The paired rifle barrels share a blade front sight and adjustable notch rear sight, and the other rifled barrel and smoothbore barrel have individual sets of sights. All four barrels and the left side of the action at the wrist are stamped with “M. J. WHITMORE/POTSDAM N.Y.” The barrels have floral engraving patterns and the action has additional floral engraving as well as rural scenes and patriotic motifs. There is clever trap compartment in between the barrels that contains a wooden ramrod. The butt has numerous engraved German silver inlays, including a reposed stag, a cabin scene on the patch box door, a sun, and stars. The engraving and stock inlays are similar to known Whitmore rifles manufactured in Massachusetts by Nathaniel and Nathaniel Gilbert Whitmore and pictured in the included copy o the article “My Magnificent Whitmore” by David Wood, Jr. suggesting a family connection. N. G. Whitmore was the master armorer at Springfield Armory and also manufactured a very fine rifle for General Grant that was displayed at the Smithsonian.“