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!
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.
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.
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...?
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...
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.
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.
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
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.
Looks like people will have to import and hope it gets through customs, just like the did with the console versions.
@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 ..
Just another embarrassment for us Australians and to show we will never ever grow up, I wish I could just leave this nanny county????
That smaller screen excuse is hilarious, that doesn't make any sense. But still being banned in Australia is ridiculous.
Seems extremely messed up that the government can decide what u can and cant play of there, sry guys.
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.
If Australia does this with video games I wonder if they do this with movies to which imo can be much more violent.
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!
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"!
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.
@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.
@ zaiwen No, not really. All you have to do is import the game, you get it alot cheaper that way as well.
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.
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.
@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
Meh, Vita is region free so just import, and with the Aussie dollar the way it is it'll be cheaper anyway.
So if someone lives in Australia and wants this game they'll have to import it? That's kinda crazy, and expensive.
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.
@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 .
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.
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.
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