Friday, February 25, 2011
Mortal Kombat Banned in Australia
The upcoming Mortal Kombat game is brutal as hell. Meaning, and this shouldn't come as too great a shock to most of you, it's been "banned" in Australia.
I say "banned" because, like all other recent cases of a commercial title being barred from release Down Under, it's actually been "refused classification" (as Australia lacks an adults-only rating, and this was deemed too violent for an MA15+ badge), which isn't technically the same as a ban.
Though as the game is now unable to be sold at retail in Australia, it's pretty much the same thing. Semantics!
The bad news for Aussies is that they'll now have to import the game, which is also technically illegal. The good news is, with the Australian dollar at an all-time high, it's a good 20-30% cheaper to buy from overseas anyway.
It's expected/hoped that, at a meeting of State Attorneys-General later this year, an adults-only rating for video games in Australia will be introduced. Which will of course come too late for Mortal Kombat and its publisher, Warner Bros.
Mortal Kombat Banned In Australia [Kotaku AU]
Just passing this one along. Interested in the title myself, thank GOD Canada isn't stuck in the 60's like the Aussies. :S