The lights are on
Australia has a long history of banning the sale of mature-rated ESRB games, and now Mortal Kombat is the latest victim.
Warner Bros. has confirmed the ban and released the following statement:
"The highly anticipated video game Mortal Kombat, published by Warner
Bros. Interactive Entertainment (WBIE) in Australia, has been refused
classification by the Australian Classification Board and will not
release in Australia. We are extremely disappointed that Mortal Kombat,
one of the world's oldest and most successful video games franchises,
will not be available to mature Australian gamers. WBIE would not market
mature content where it is not appropriate for the audience. We
understand that not all content is for every audience, but there is an
audience for mature gaming content and it would make more sense to have
the R18+ classification in Australia. As a member of the iGEA
[Interactive Games & Entertainment Association], WBIE is reviewing
all options available at this time."
Warner Bros. could appeal the matter, but given the explicit violence in the game, who knows where it will get them.
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They ban everything good. Glad i don't live there.
Just when we were starting to think that Australia was being reasonable.
I can't believe that they actually ban games. Especially like this. :9
But I guess that just tells the devs that they are doing their job, bringing MK back to its roots :)
Again, why the USA is the best.
Wait so they dont Ban duke nukem forever, but they decide to ban mortal Kombat. They are both very violent games. I wonder what caused Mortal Kombat to be banned but not Duke Nukem.
This just means it's going to be good.
***, Aussies never get any good mature-rated games. Shameful, I'd say.
Well thats truly unfortunate. Now if you excuse me I'll continue to get pumped up for when it comes out next month.
let the dingos eat them
Cue in the software pirates... If players can't find a way to play legally, they'll just play illegally. That's part of why the American Prohibition failed.
Thank God for America
If it doesn't pass in Australia,there will be pirating.
The 'law' is in the earliest stages of being changed, but won't come about for over a year as there is going to be a complete re-evaluation of the classification system over here.
But as Shifty Pete says, especially with the strong Aus dollar, it's cheaper to import from the UK than to buy here anyway, so for non downloadable games we couldn't really care less if it's banned.
Nanny State heading to the U.S. soon
Australia needs to get their lives together down there.