Well, another game has fallen foul of our OFLC ratings board. This time it's Silent Hill 5: Homecoming. The game was banned by the OFLC due to the use of "copious blood spray in the game, decapitations, partially dismembered corpses, and numerous scenes of attacks, fights, torture, and death." Now many of your average Australian gamers are of course going to cry foul about how there rights to play a game have been infringed, etc, etc, etc.
I can really see there complaints now. "The other games were violent." "Movies are more violent." "We need an R rating." I could go on ad infinum. Really amongst all the reasons that the OFLC have mentioned, I think the the biggest problem they have is the torture aspect of the game. And really, do we really need to play a game where we torture someone? Not really. At least the OFLC are being consistent with it's decision. After all Manhunt was banned for the same reasons.
15 years ago, banning issues with regards to games were few and far between for one main reason. Games didn't need gimmicks to sell themselves. Games were somewhat original back then. Today though, the games industry is really an industry with zero originality. So much money is being spent on titles today that most game developers decide to play it safe. All the developers really have going for them is the gimmick. Something that will add that shock or WOW factor.
Silent Hill had this originality in the early games without going overboard on the violence detail. Now that originality is gone and all Konami have going for them is the shock factor. So do we really need to play another tired retread that uses a pretty repugnant gimmick to sell games. NO. The OFLC have done us a favour here. They were right about Fallout 3 and stood up to the developers, and they're right about this.