Mortal Kombat Vita banned in Australia

Vita version of classic fighting franchise refused classification Down Under; Warner Bros. submitted the game for classification on the basis that the console's smaller screen would effectively reduce impact of game's violence.

The Sony PlayStation Vita version of the Warner Bros. classic fighting game reboot Mortal Kombat has been refused classification by the Classification Board of Australia, earning an RC rating and making it ineligible for sale across the country.

Developed by NetherRealm Studios, the Vita version of last year's Mortal Kombat was submitted to the Classification Board of Australia by Warner Bros. despite the console versions of the game being banned in Australia in February last year for "explicit" violence.

Mortal Kombat Vita has been refused classification in Australia.

According to Warner Bros., the publisher felt that the impact of the violence in the Vita version of Mortal Kombat would be lessened by the portable console's smaller screen size.

"We felt that because of the Vita's size, the smaller screen would minimise the impact of the violence in the game and we felt it might fit within the MA15+ category," a spokesperson for Warner Bros. told GameSpot AU. "Obviously, the Classification Board of Australia did not agree."

Warner Bros. clarified that the version submitted for classification in Australia was the same, unedited version of Mortal Kombat for the Vita that will be released globally.

The publisher also clarified that they did not submit the console version of the upcoming Mortal Kombat: Game of the Year edition for classification, fearing the game would also be RC because its content is identical to the original 2011 game.

According to Warner Bros, the Vita version of Mortal Kombat is purposefully designed for portable gaming, and includes "brand new gameplay features and content developed exclusively" for Vita. The game is due out globally on April 19.

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96 comments
Raeldor
Raeldor

It's interesting that a country that was settled as a penal colony has higher moral standards than a country that was settled by pilgrims.  Go figure!

StriderKain
StriderKain

fuckers....humanity is made of violence, everysingle day people day in the most gruesome ways in shitty wars and things like that

And they banned a game? i mean  A FUCKING GAME? whats wrong with people noe days...?

Assemblent
Assemblent

I bet they see extreme and REAL violence on the news, tv, newspapers, magazines and everything else everyday... But they just don't allow people to play which video game they wish... Oh... And Internet? LOL... Hypocrites...

Chefjase
Chefjase

oh those zany Aussies. it seems their morals are opposite from ours. Legal prostitution in most of the states, but a crackdown on violent media. Meanwhile the FCC and watchdog groups are perfectly ok with wanton violence, but go crazy over an exposed nipple.

maxwell97
maxwell97

Well, at least they managed to waste some bureaucrat's time, which is always good. Really, their government should be more focused on protecting small, fortified oil wells from marauding gangs of crossbow-wielding biker punks.

Anema1986
Anema1986

i suppose they couldnt think of something clever to defend their game, still is stupid that censorship, is a ****ing game, the only people who had commited murderers and criminal acts because of games are people who were already crazy, if i play the game, i never had the sudden urge to rip someone heads or tear someone

jspillen
jspillen

I think Netherealm just gave it a shot, but they new that it wasn't worth creating and edited version just for a smaller market.

rafpac
rafpac

I thought we already had 18+ classifications!!!!!

zarshack
zarshack

Well i'll just import it.

orbit79
orbit79

Looks like people will have to import and hope it gets through customs, just like the did with the console versions.

Asymonte
Asymonte

@metylhed I managed to get MK9 imported from Singapore a month after release due to the bans here in Aus. It's more the controlling government that I'd like to leave. Adults can't play games designed for the more mature age. High levels of tax on almost everything you buy. No doubt when the 18+ restriction comes to Australia we will be paying close to $100 for the PS3 version and $80 for the Vita. Compare that to other regions ..

Daian
Daian

A fun gory game banned in Australia? No really, tell me more...

Vickman178
Vickman178

The government controls way too much in australia

jollybest1
jollybest1

Not a surprise , Australia bans everything ......

JLCrogue
JLCrogue

I'm glad I don't live in Australia. For those living down under there's always the black market. ;)

rcbhappy
rcbhappy

Just another embarrassment for us Australians and to show we will never ever grow up, I wish I could just leave this nanny county????

metylhed
metylhed

@Asymonte. Make some friends in NZ, get it sent over. Not banned here.

Asymonte
Asymonte

I can be an adult again as soon as I marry someone from Japan and leave this nanny country behind

Brokazaki
Brokazaki

That smaller screen excuse is hilarious, that doesn't make any sense. But still being banned in Australia is ridiculous.

holtrocks
holtrocks

Seems extremely messed up that the government can decide what u can and cant play of there, sry guys.

matok1
matok1

Wow.. I cant believe i'm saying this but Ive found one good reason to me to live in Israel .

SIDEFX1
SIDEFX1

It annoys me to read this and live in the down under.

ministerkataoka
ministerkataoka

Australia does not really matter as a market. California has more people than Australia. In order for Australia to get more respect as a video game market, they need to remove the Nazis who continue to run things in their board of classification. For a country with such close proximity to Asia, they should have embraced Asian standards instead of being PAL's loser cousin. Other than that, great country, I've been there myself. Nice people, great weather, beautiful sights.

krelmmaster
krelmmaster

Crocodile wrestling maniacs and kangaroos are more violent/scary than Mortal Kombat.

dxdevilex0
dxdevilex0

R21.Make customers present their IC cards.Problem solved.

Sir-Chibi
Sir-Chibi

If Australia does this with video games I wonder if they do this with movies to which imo can be much more violent.

rat-fish
rat-fish

Gaming is just plain bad in Australia. There is limited, and expensive internet usage, game prices are absolutely ridiculous, and they censor so much of the M rated material. They obviously try very hard to make gaming a frustrating hobby. Though who really cares, Australia is beautiful!

DeckerDontPlay
DeckerDontPlay

I didnt realize that violence scales and is primarily dependant on size.....

indiannoob
indiannoob

so if I watch 'Saw' on my vita it wont be as graphic........what about porn will that have a lesser impact on me aswell? LoL "Worst defence ever"!

supertom221
supertom221

BANNED?! IN AUSTRALIA?!?! The most free country in the whole wide world?! HOW IS THAT POSSIBLE?! *saarcasm* I feel bad for Aussie gamers. Your government is apparently full of crooks and soccer moms.

Lordcrabfood
Lordcrabfood

@xeogua Actually it is a lot cheaper, game prices here is Aus are ridiculous. I always import now, get games 50% cheaper. I really don't know why everyone in Australia does not import.

Lordcrabfood
Lordcrabfood

@hippiesanta I have imported quite a few banned games, never had a problem.

Lordcrabfood
Lordcrabfood

@ zaiwen No, not really. All you have to do is import the game, you get it alot cheaper that way as well.

zaiwen
zaiwen

down under is a gamers nightmare. good thing i don't live there

zaprct
zaprct

I'll just use my US SEN account, easy.

Zer093
Zer093

It feels like this is a violation of free speech. I know free speech is not as free around the world as it is in the US, but it seems wrong to deny paying adult customers their right to buy this game. On another note, I find it funny that WB thought that a smaller screen would reduce the impact of the violence. I would like to know how they came up with that.

Master_Turismo
Master_Turismo

Australia should really get that stick out of their bum and let the consumer play it. It's not like a player is going to freeze someone to death or rip someones head off with their bare hands in real life.

hippiesanta
hippiesanta

@AcidBlood83 australian security is very detail .... even a. import dairy product are ban ... they got well trained sniffing dog..... and that is included mortal kombat's blood

Nzilla
Nzilla

Australia needs to work the stick out of their posterior.

AcidBlood83
AcidBlood83

Meh, Vita is region free so just import, and with the Aussie dollar the way it is it'll be cheaper anyway.

Xeogua
Xeogua

So if someone lives in Australia and wants this game they'll have to import it? That's kinda crazy, and expensive.

sknight175216
sknight175216

The U.S. is like the opposite of the rest of the world ha ha. We condone violence in our movies but nudity is taboo. It's the other way around in Europe and places like Australia too.

Victorious_Fize
Victorious_Fize

Australia is advanced and open on many things. Gaming isn't one...

sladakrobot
sladakrobot

@quicksilver_03-Why you compare something natural like a human body and excesive mindless violence? @beny_pimster-I am worried dude...you really think a continent called Australia lies in an another continent called Europe? Your only excuse is that you mixed up Australia with Austria! But on other side it would show that you havent read this article properly at all .

hitechgraphs
hitechgraphs

I'm against and pro this australian violence censorship at the same time.Mortal Kombat is pretty violent so a banning of a violent game in a world full of violence ,maybe could benefit a little bit the moral of yougsters a little for a while. But at the same time censorship is a tool for political interests and censorship in anyway is to someone else to decide for you what to see or not see,that's tyranny.

hippiesanta
hippiesanta

I been to australia many times .... king cross, some frontal nudity scenes on national TV, mardi gras, LGBT rights, big day out, XXX strip club, bondi beach .... but of all... mortal kombat banned is a bit bias compare to those above i've mention.

Huskypaw
Huskypaw

lol I'm just sorry for them, can't believe I once wanted to go there XD