Australian lobbyist group petitions to re-rate Modern Warfare 2

Friday, 30th October 2009 04:00 GMT By Nathan Grayson


Modern Warfare 2 lets you play as a terrorist. There are other bits in there too – something about “defending freedom” and “delivering a swift kick to terrorism’s hindquarters” – but those don’t matter. At least, not according to Australian lobbyist group Australian Council on Children and the Media.

“The consequences of terrorism are just abhorrent in our community and yet here we are with a product that’s meant to be passed off as a leisure time activity, actually promoting what most world leaders speak out publicly against,” council president Jane Roberts told the Sydney Morning Herald.

“If that material was on the internet about how to become a terrorist, how to join a group and how to wipe out people – that would be removed because it would not be acceptable.”

Roberts and her group have demanded that the Australian government re-rate Modern Warfare 2 from MA 15+ to “Uncensored Left 4 Dead 2.” Aka, “probably banned.”

Infinity Ward told us yesterday that the scene in question is skippable, but that obviously hasn’t stopped Roberts and co. from going on the warpath.

Well, we’re sure you all have some words for Miss Roberts. We’ll just leave you two alone now.



  1. hitnrun

    “How to become a terrorist…”

    You mean do exactly what the good guys do, with the same equipment, in the same action movie setting, except in a different outfit?

    I guess there’s some really cliche political point to be had there if someone wants to run with it. I’m too busy laughing at: “If that material was on the internet about how to become a terrorist…that would be removed because it would not be acceptable.”

    Well, no, it wouldn’t, and thank God. For people who think ICANN should give control of the Internet to the UN, I present Exhibit A.

    #1 5 years ago
  2. Gekidami

    I knew this wouldnt fly in the land down-under. But they should probably wait and see what cuts were actually made, the game got a 15 rating which means it much have been touched up somewhere.

    #2 5 years ago
  3. Dannybuoy

    Jesus, some people need to take a chill pill. Games really are no different to films and there are plenty of films that portray these subject matters, and a lot worse! If anything films are more emotive and motivational than games are, so lay off our games would you you bullies!

    #3 5 years ago

    Australian gamers?

    All they do is complain about massive lag anyway.

    #4 5 years ago
  5. jnms

    It would seem that fascism rules down-under.

    #5 5 years ago
  6. polygem

    i agree that many games are not for kids. i agree that M Rating is in many cases the way to go. i agree that parents should take a close look at what their kids are playing and how often they are playing. i absolutely disagrre in censoring or banning games. what really pisses me off is that some people freak out so much on this topic (fictional violence) while at the same time they accept extreme violence in the real world…like animal testing, factory farming, WARS!…only as an example.

    #6 5 years ago
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    #7 5 years ago
  8. distraet

    Are they serious? C’mon, it’s only a game. It’s not like I’m going to be a terrorist after playing this scene. Which, by the way, I intend to do several times. Just to piss them off.

    #8 5 years ago
  9. gunman

    We all ready have the toughest game rating laws in the western world! When will these people be happy?

    And yes, LAG!! AAGGHHH!!! *whine*

    #9 5 years ago
  10. Dralen

    After seeing the footage myself, of you being a terrorist I’m really not surprised by this. And to be fair if I had a 15 year old kid, I wouldn’t let them play it.

    #10 5 years ago
  11. Plainview

    as an Australian gamer i say:


    #11 5 years ago
  12. TJ

    I’m slightly shocked that this has gone through at a 15+ TBH. Bit of a joke – you can’t blow off zombies’ legs, but you can gun innocents down in an airport.

    Unless it has, in fact, already been cut, in which case WTF is this chick’s problem?

    #12 5 years ago

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