Australian Ratings Board Upholds Mortal Kombat Ban

Australian Ratings Board Upholds Mortal Kombat Ban

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The game's gory fatalities remain a sticking point for the Australian ratings board.

The OFLC, the Australian equivalent to the ESRB, has upheld its decision to refuse classification to the new Mortal Kombat, in the face of an appeal by publisher Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. This effectively bans the game for sale in Australian, unless WBIE change the game so that it is more palatable to the OFLC's sensibilities.

The sticking point seems to be the game's sixty fatalities. The OFLC acknowledged that the finishing moves were obviously exaggerated in nature, and that the game was fantastical in tone, but said that the high quality of the game's graphics pushed the game beyond what is appropriate for a minor to see. As Australia lacks an adult rating for videogames, this meant that the game was refused classification.

WBIE resubmitted the game, however, saying that the game was no worse than other titles that had already been passed for sale. This effort ultimately proved unsuccessful, but WBIE thanked the thousands of Mortal Kombat fans, both in Australia and internationally, who had voiced their support for the publisher's efforts.

The most likely course of action now would seem to be that WBIE tones down the level of violence in the game, and resubmits it a second time. It's not an ideal solution by any means, but it's hard to see what other options WBIE really has. Hopefully, it won't take too much to get the game the thumbs up for an MA15+ rating, allowing Australian gamers to have an experience close to what developer NetherRealm, wanted, without having to go to the trouble of importing the game from another country.

Mortal Kombat comes out for Xbox 360 and PS3 on April 19th.

Soruce: GameSpot

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Yahtzee will be pissed.

... beyond what is appropriate for a minor to see. As Australia lacks an adult rating for videogames, this meant that the game was refused classification.

This is why australia is screwed :( Seriously, too many people are butthurt and can't take care of their own children, which results in people being punished for things they cannot even control.
P.S. If Mature Adults are considered minors, then what do we consider Mature Really Old People? Mature Young Adults?

These shitheads running my country really need to wrap their heads around the concept of "decent rating system" or else we'll be twenty years behind the rest of the gaming world.

FAIL.

But Alien VS Predator got released with a MA15 rating? Whta kind of sense does that make?

cefm:
Yahtzee will be pissed.

He doesn't really like fighting games that much. This'll just be his excuse not to play it so that he spend the extra time playing minecraft

Well im Aussie and here is what i expect to see

Friendship comes back.
They two fighters shake hands then then invite everyone to come have a BBQ, where merry stories are had by all. Then the Theme Of either Neighbors or Home and Away plays.

Imagine: Sub-Zero to Frost

HOLD ME IN YOUR ARMS, DONT LET ME GO, I WANT TO STAY FOREVVVER, CLOSER EACH DAYYYY HOME AND AWAYYYYY.
( for those who dont know) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZHN4pzLqIC4&feature=related
Make it happen guys.

Scene its rated 18+ and you have to be 18 to import things all this is stopping is people who are lazy so they should just unban it already.

Has anyone made a green blood joke yet?

To be honest, I'm surprised Mortal Kombat is even still around, but then again, I was surprised that people actually care that Duke Nuke 'em is finally being resurrected.

Tons of palette-swap characters, all of the fighters have the exact same move except for a couple of specials - the only thing interesting about the orignal was the ability to rip someone's spine out, and they even got one-upped on the gore factor by Killer Instinct.

i think the laws down under could probably do with some reform, i mean they have 18 movies right? However i can also see where they are coming from on this one, there is an undeniable high level of violence in this game, but then i refer you to the first point anyway.
But if AVP got a release there then they have some explaining to do cos that shit can getquite nasty ( checks to see if spine is still in place).

Oh yah dee da my government, I hope you all curl over soon so generation Y does things a little more modern.

I thought Aussies were tough! The Crocodile Dundee movies lied to me! D:

Siege_TF:
I thought Aussies were tough! The Crocodile Dundee movies lied to me! D:

And to me.

jck4332:

Siege_TF:
I thought Aussies were tough! The Crocodile Dundee movies lied to me! D:

And to me.

Siege_TF:
I thought Aussies were tough! The Crocodile Dundee movies lied to me! D:

We didn't lie, we just stabbed the truth with a spoon

Resubmit the game and demand that, if refused, they ban other, already approved games that have even worse visuals not suited for minors.

With shit for brains rating group and rip off prices australia really is a evil place and people wonder why my friend imports all his games lol

To people that keep stating the obvious, we know, we've been trying to fix this shit for years and everybody I know is for the 18 rating, the government does NOT listen at all with issues like this. The government is not our people, so don't confuse this. I pray for the day when the old farts that currently control it die out and we can get a few changes actually happening.

I'm hoping for them to censor it for release so that I can import the thing anyway and not have to worry about customs taking my shit away. I really want to import the Collectors edition and guide from America but am slightly paranoid if they open it.

You'd think publishers would offer/advertise import options to circumvent this problem.

cefm:
Yahtzee will be pissed.

You obviously don't read his blog:
http://fullyramblomatic-yahtzee.blogspot.com/

Seriously, Australia, toughen up your shrimps and barbies! Just slap on a "MA17+" rating and release the kangaroo flippin' game! The whole "it's too violent for a poor child to witness!" is a load of Vegemite, and it wouldn't be a problem if you just carved a damn "MA17+" rating out of a croc's belly!

What I think is the worst part is that they've released plenty of games way more violent than this. Didn't MadWorld get released there no problem?

cefm:
Yahtzee will be pissed.

Agreed... the master will not be amused... I joke... I joke...

While I agree that the classification choice is odd considering that I don't really see what MK really does differently from other violent games, I would say that given the track record of quality (or, more correctly, the lack thereof) in the MK series, I doubt Aussie gamers will be missing much.

Poor AU gamers...

You don't have access to a shitty fighting game!

Now, go play a good fighting game. Like Blazblue or something.

This is a blessing in disguise.

Our highest ratings for games in Australia is MA15+ which I think is more than appropriate for "fanatical" violence.
I think it's funny to think they don't believe a 15yr old is mature enough to be able to deal with that sort of gameplay.

I actually had a listen to the the Top 40 Music the other day and I'm pretty sure I'd be more concerned about the content that is being broadcast for everyone to hear over the airwaves if I was a parent.

They should just advertise in ausstiralia to order it, and offer free shipping.

Jumplion:
Seriously, Australia, toughen up your shrimps and barbies! Just slap on a "MA17+" rating and release the kangaroo flippin' game! The whole "it's too violent for a poor child to witness!" is a load of Vegemite, and it wouldn't be a problem if you just carved a damn "MA17+" rating out of a croc's belly!

What I think is the worst part is that they've released plenty of games way more violent than this. Didn't MadWorld get released there no problem?

...And dante's inferno, which is the most vile, putrid, disgusitngly violent game I have ever played.

Of course, it's SUPPOSED to be vile, putrid, and disgusting.

Apparently Australia does have ESRB M and AO equivalent ratings, R18+ and X18+ respectively, but some stodgy old law prevents them from being used to classify video games.
Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Office_of_Film_and_Literature_Classification_(Australia)

Dear Australian Classification Board and Australian politicians,
As one of the many adults world wide who enjoys video games I find it absurd that your ratings system is not allowed to use the existing R18+ and X18+ ratings for video games. By refusing to issue these classifications you are preventing adults in your region from purchasing games intended for adult consumption. Games made by adults, for adults. As an adult I would find it demeaning and insulting if the ESRB and my government were to treat me like a child by refusing to rate any game that was not appropriate for anyone younger than 18. Frankly I find it demeaning and insulting that some US politicians continue to treat video games as a child's toy and try to ban the sales of ESRB M rated games in the US.

Video games are not exclusively toys for children and haven't been for a long time. Please, for the sake of Australia's adult gamers and for the benefit of Australian based software developers, lift this restriction on adult ratings for video games.

They do have an option besides toning down the violence and resubmitting. They can just say the hell with it, and not release in Australia. They have a particular idea of how the game is supposed to look and feel, they shouldn't compromise just because some elements of the Australian government can't seem to figure out that games are more for adults nowadays, not children. Really hardcore gamers will just import the game (illegally, yes, but still doable).

Already have mine preordered from overseas. I don't want to play it if they tone it down.....its Mortal Kombat!

It actually ends up cheaper to import now that the Australian dollar is on par with the American.
Games in Aus usually run 80-100 dollars

Shade184:
These shitheads running my country really need to wrap their heads around the concept of "decent rating system" or else we'll be twenty years behind the rest of the gaming world.

FAIL.

The shit thing is, we already ARE 20 years behind, what with this "National Broadband Network" that, by the time its rolled out, will put us roughly 10 years behind 2nd World nations like South Korea...which means countries where 80% of people don't have a computer will have better internet access than us, WTF?

gyroscopeboy:

Shade184:
These shitheads running my country really need to wrap their heads around the concept of "decent rating system" or else we'll be twenty years behind the rest of the gaming world.

FAIL.

The shit thing is, we already ARE 20 years behind, what with this "National Broadband Network" that, by the time its rolled out, will put us roughly 10 years behind 2nd World nations like South Korea...which means countries where 80% of people don't have a computer will have better internet access than us, WTF?

I wish there was a more effective way to get around this than just waiting for all the old fucks in Parliment to die out.

Seriously, what savvy minded Australian planned to buy this locally anyway? With the strength of the Australian Dollar internationally, it was ALWAYS the cheaper option to import it from somewhere like PlayAsia.

Now they can still do that, avoid any potential watered down version, AND still get it cheaper than just about any local retailer would have sold it for.

http://www.play-asia.com/Mortal_Kombat/paOS-13-71-bp-49-en-70-3x07.html

$65 Aussie dollars, plus a bit more for postage.
Compare that to $119 AU RRP.

*edit* Just noticed the 'Game is not available in your region'. If PlayAsia won't ship it to Aus (not sure why not), there's still plenty of other options.

Gotta love an incompetent government. Just how do you get away with an issue like this by continuously pretending it doesn't exist? Australia, you should get the gaming community together over there (possibly with other groups supporting you from elsewhere as well) and protest the shit out of the issue until it's resolved. Denying an adult rating for an entire country is simply ridiculous.

Shade184:

gyroscopeboy:

Shade184:
These shitheads running my country really need to wrap their heads around the concept of "decent rating system" or else we'll be twenty years behind the rest of the gaming world.

FAIL.

The shit thing is, we already ARE 20 years behind, what with this "National Broadband Network" that, by the time its rolled out, will put us roughly 10 years behind 2nd World nations like South Korea...which means countries where 80% of people don't have a computer will have better internet access than us, WTF?

I wish there was a more effective way to get around this than just waiting for all the old fucks in Parliment to die out.

And they wont be dying out for a while, as they each get $150,000 a year for the rest of their lives.

 

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