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Mortal Kombat banned in Australia, fatalities to blame [Update]

Friday, 25 February 2011 03:49 GMT By Brenna Hillier

The Australian Classifications Board has deemed Mortal Kombat’s content to fall outside the country’s highest video game ratings category, effectively banning it from sale within Australia.

Although the classification is yet to go public, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment Australia issued a statement to GamePron.

“We are extremely disappointed that Mortal Kombat, one of the world’s oldest and most successful video games franchises, will not be available to mature Australian gamers.

“WBIE would not market mature content where it is not appropriate for the audience. We understand that not all content is for every audience, but there is an audience for mature gaming content and it would make more sense to have the R18+ classification in Australia.”

Some publishers have dealt with classifications bans by modifying content for local release, as with Valve’s removal of gore from the local version of Left 4 Dead 2, but Warner Bros. hints it may have other plans in mind.

“As a member of the iGEA, WBIE is reviewing all options available at this time,” the statement added, referring to Australia and New Zealand’s games industry association.

Australia’s highest ratings category for games is MA 15+, and those which fall outside the limits of this rating are deemed “refused classification” – and banned from retail or digital sale.

The nation’s attorney-general’s are currently debating the introduction of an R18+ ratings category, while industry bodies and interest groups call for an overhaul of Australia’s venerable ratings standards to bring them in line with international policies.

[Update] The Classification Board’s official ruling has been revealed. According to the summary, the Board invoked the controversially vague clause “computer games that are unsuitable for a minor to see and play will be Refused Classification”.

“The game contains violence that exceeds strong in impact and is therefore unsuitable for persons aged under 18 years to play,” the ruling notes.

It’s the fatalities that did it, of course.

“The Board notes that fatalities cannot be performed in Story mode and are unlikely to be performed frequently during gameplay; however, it is also noted that there are more than 60 fatalities available and they are an important component of the game.

“… [the fatalities] contain explicit depictions of dismemberment, decapitation, disembowelment and other brutal forms of slaughter. Despite the exaggerated conceptual nature of the fatalities and their context within a fighting game set in a fantasy realm, impact is heightened by the use of graphics which are realistically rendered and very detailed.”

Warner Bros and NetherRealm have been quite tight about the game’s unlockable fatalities, but the Board was prepared to describe some of them. Spoilers ahead.

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25 Comments

  1. DBZ0wnz

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

    THIS IS SO DEPRESSING!

    #1 4 years ago
  2. theevilaires

    Just silly plain stupid. These are the same people who went out and viciously killed sting rays because that crocodile hunter got killed by one and a video game gets banned!? Fucking retards just another reason why America is the best country in the world.

    Oh well just import it on the PS3 since A. the PS3 isn’t region locked for games and B. its the superior version of the two consoles anyway due to D-Pad and C. Kratos fatalities.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Crysis

    Oh this is beyond pathetic, It would be much cheaper & easier to adopt a foreign ratings system.

    @2, America is the most overweight country in the world, heavily renown for it’s random act of violence & the entire country is full of finger pointers that are deeply divided on every single important matter, not to mention a huge chunk of the population are living in excess, countless lives owned by the banks, but no, you’re right, let’s judge countries by who has the better video game ratings system.
    *Sorry if I sound racist, but no one likes an over patriotic American, when they say love your country, they don’t mean be blinded in love.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. osric90

    There’s always the importing option.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. MoskitoKrebs

    @2 i just love ur comment!! I totally agree with you.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. MoskitoKrebs

    #5

    Im kiddin! what #3 Crysis said is the reason I dont understand americans and I will never understand them!

    #6 4 years ago
  7. James Mac

    @2.

    We didn’t go after stingrays when Irwin died.
    He was a dumbfuck, but he knew the risks of what he did.

    On topic:
    Bloody hell SCAG, how long do taxpayers have to wait for action?
    Is it going to take the complete collapse of an entire retail sector for you guys to get it together?
    Does an 86 to 97 percent support rate not count as an overwhelming majority to your parties?

    #7 4 years ago
  8. Crysis

    @7, Politicians don’t get payed to act, they get payed to talk about acting.

    #8 4 years ago
  9. Gekidami

    @7
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-404804/Stingrays-killed-revenge-attacks-Crocodile-Hunter-Irwin.html

    #9 4 years ago
  10. The_Red

    Wait, they DIDN’T ban a game like Splatterhouse, which was NOTHING but dismemberment and gore, with one of the finisher involving an enemy’s anus but are banning MK!? WTF!?

    #10 4 years ago
  11. Michael O’Connor

    lolaustralia

    #11 4 years ago
  12. YoungZer0

    Lol, i’m sure germany will follow.

    #12 4 years ago
  13. DarkElfa

    @3, Get of your fucking podium, that’s every country jack-ass, don’t try to pretend that the US is the only country suffering violence, division, finger pointing and class separation. the only thing that makes America seem worse is that we air more of our dirty laundry than anyone else.

    #13 4 years ago
  14. Michael O’Connor

    @13 No, I assure you, it isn’t every country.

    Nobody said it was the only country. Just one of the worst. Having lived there, I can safely say most of @3′s criticism are entirely true.

    #14 4 years ago
  15. Crysis

    @13, Where did I ever say that these problems were exclusive to America? I was pointing out to your fellow patriot that your country is renown for all of the before mentioned, pff, patriots are just like fanboys, they’re all extremists.

    #15 4 years ago
  16. distraet

    FINISH HIM! Australia strikes again.

    #16 4 years ago
  17. LOLshock94

    @crysis can you not pre-order it from new zealand?

    #17 4 years ago
  18. theevilaires

    @ Crysis what does obesity have to do with the fact that you morons slaughter innocent creatures like stingrays and thats fine because of an act of revenge but a video games made up of digital polygons is banned? Any country that keeps banning video games are plain stupid when there’s so much other shit in other mediums that display the same thing and worst.

    As far as America being the best country in the world when was the last time you heard of a game being banned in the U.S.A.?…..Go ahead I’ll wait until you get back from your google search……..here let me help your incompetent ass http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_banned_video_games

    Like Darkelfa said you guys try to pretend your nations are all innocent but America shows it true face to the world. Its not a perfect nation but its a nation of real people who aren’t afraid to be themselves and want what they want. I could never live in a country where the government is this stupid to even consider a move like this. Mortal Kombat has been released and spanned out over 3 DECADES! and NOW they want to ban this one!? Ed Boon and his group of clowns can never create a fatality so shockingly gory that we all haven’t thought up ourselves or haven’t seen in the SAW or Hostel movies.

    Stop eating Kangaroo meat and maybe you can think properly down there.

    #18 4 years ago
  19. ManBearPig

    @crysis im new hear and i was wondering do you austrillians order your games from new Zealand because of this rating thing?

    #19 4 years ago
  20. Crysis

    First of, the Chinese consume more kangaroo meat than Australians,
    secondly, you can’t honestly be serious about judging an entire country by a banned game,
    thirdly, where the hell did you “you morons slaughter innocent creatures like stingrays” from? If it’s about Steve Irwin, he was a much larger deal in America than he was down here. Your argument is pathetic about killing stingrays for revenge, never even heard of anyone doing that, then again, people hunt for ‘fun’ or ‘sport’, is that really any better?
    You use very odd & untrue stereotypes to try & prove… what was it again?

    #20 4 years ago
  21. Crysis

    @18, very few large games get banned, but New Zealanders pay an even higher rrp than us so it wouldn’t make much sense to import from there when it’s half that price to import from the UK.

    #21 4 years ago
  22. theevilaires

    Oh I’m sorry if you can’t read the headline dummy but it doesn’t say Mortal Kombat is banned in Sydney or Melbourne or Victoria or Queensland it says AUSTRALIA as meaning the whole country. The people elect their government and the government represent the people. So yes I’m judging all of you.

    #22 4 years ago
  23. tmac2011

    wow sorry aussies, im glad this game wont get banned here in u.s.a

    #23 4 years ago
  24. Crysis

    @21, Politicians make stupid decisions regardless of what country they’re in, should I judge American’s as puppets because they’re lead by one not all that long ago?

    #24 4 years ago
  25. James Mac

    @18.

    If we import them, we do so from the UK generally.
    The Australian Dollar is currently around parity with the US, but a 60 dollar game in the US retails here for around 110… so, as we’re in the same coding region as the UK, and the pricing in the UK is closer to the US, that’s where we go.

    There are some companies in the UK whose business is purely selling games online to Australia.

    Given that it’s a smaller market games in NZ are priced differently, digital pricing on Fallout: New Vegas is a classic example.

    #25 4 years ago

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  • Mortal Kombat X videos show Erron Black gameplay, Ermac fatalities, more

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  • The Legend of Zelda Wii U: 2015 release not a “priority”, skipping E3

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  • Destiny gameplay designer exits for Bethesda

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  • What to expect from the Call of Duty Championship this weekend

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  • MLB 15 The Show video highlights improved graphics, updated grass patterns

    Sony has released a video for MLB 15 The Show which provides a look at graphical improvements made to the game. Along with the visual upgrade over MLB 14 The Show, the game contains new minor league stadiums, dynamic sun generated in real-time, and upgraded grass patterns which reflect each stadium’s unique look. MLB 15 […]

  • Valve to offer HTC Vive Developer Edition free to qualified developers

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  • DriveClub gameplay video features MotorStorm’s off-road buggies

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  • Mortal Kombat X live-action TV spot features the track Chop Suey

    The TV sport for Mortal Kombat X has been released, and not only does it contain a “spontaneous fight circle” taking over an entire city, but it features the System of a Down track Chop Suey. Mortal Kombat X will be released on PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One April 14. The […]

  • Bloodborne Forbidden Woods progression bug caused by multiplayer summon

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  • Yo-Kai Watch game franchise has sold over 7 million copies

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  • Bloodborne trademark returned to Sony after accidentally losing it

    In case you were worried or anything, Sony has once again obtained the Bloodborne trademark. Earlier this week it was revealed that Sony mistakenly abandoned the Bloodborne trademark along with four others registered with US Patent and Trademark Office: Guns Up!, Kill Strain; How Games Were Made to Sound, and No Heroes Allows: No Puzzles […]

  • GTA 5 PC official trailer coming next week, 15 new screenshots released

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  • PSN real-time server status page launching in Europe soon

    PlayStation users in Europe will soon have its own a PSN Service Status Indicator. It was released earlier this month in North America. The indicator makes it easier to check whether PlayStation services are down or running as planned. This includes account management, PlayStation Now, the store, social services, etc. Sony told Eurogamer the service […]

  • Exclusivity contract prevents Bioware from revealing Dragon Age: Inquisition DLC release on PS4

    Bioware is unable to discuss when the Jaws of Hakkon DLC for Dragon Age: Inquisition will arrive on platforms other than PC and Xbox One. According to various tweets from executive producer Mark Darrah, due to the exclusivity contract between EA and Microsoft, the studio is unable to announce a release date for PlayStation 3 […]

  • LEGO Batman 3 demo, Namco Museum, more added to North American eShop

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  • Square Enix’s Easter Surprise bundle contains five mystery PC games

    Square Enix offering another mystery bundle to customers in the UK, which comes with five mystery PC games for £3.99. As before, customers will be unaware of the games they are purchasing in the mystery bundle, but the bundle contains triple-A titles worth £40 combined. One of Square’s previous mystery bundles contained Tomb Raider, Just […]

  • From Software’s PSone game Shadow Tower coming to PSN

    Shadow Tower, the first-person action-RPG developed for the original PlayStation by From Software, will be released on PlayStation Network. In the 1998 title, players took on the role of a mercenary who has returned home to the Holy Land of Zeptar to find the place has been sucked into the Underworld. He must use the […]

  • PlayStation TV gets price cut in the UK, now £44.99

    PlayStation TV has received a price cut in the UK. After several retailers started offering the console for less than the RRP of £84.99, users on DealSpwn began to wonder whether this is an official price cut, and not just regular deals or stock clearance. Sony later confirmed the new price of £44.99. “Starting from […]

  • Fast & Furious expansion for Forza Horizon 2 is now available, for free

    You can download Forza Horizon 2 expansion Fast & Furious starting right now. Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious is available to download now through Xbox Live for Xbox One and Xbox 360. The expansion is standalone, so you don’t need to own Forza Horizon 2 to play it. It’s also free from now […]

  • Fire-based weapons come to PayDay 2 with the Butcher’s BBQ Pack

    The 20th DLC for PayDay 2, the Butcher’s BBQ Pack, is now available on Steam. The DLC will run you $4.99/€4.99 and features: Piglet Grenade Launcher, 12G Steakout Shotgun and Mk1 Flamethrower Molotov cocktails and incendiary ammo Four new masks, patterns, materials and achievements The Butcher’s BBQ Pack is another co-development between Overkill and Croatian […]

  • Lords of the Fallen developer offers Hideo Kojima a job

    Amid the current turmoil between Hideo Kojima and publisher Konami, one studio has offered the legendary designer a position. Lords of the Fallen developer Deck 13 took to Twitter to extend a job offer to Hideo Kojima. Dear Mr. @HIDEO_KOJIMA_EN In case you are currently searching, we have an open position as Head of Game […]

  • Destiny Xur update: should you buy MIDA Multi Tool?

    The question on every Destiny player’s lips today. And the answer, supplied by resident Destiny expert Paul Davies, is… Yes! We asked Paul whether or not he thought Xur’s Exotic weapon this week was worth the 23 Strange Coins. Here’s what he said: “It was already a great gun to own for PVP owing to […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 has an all-male cast to make it “more approachable”

    According to Final Fantasy 15 director Hajime Tabata, the main cast of the game is all-male because it makes the game “more approachable.” Final Fantasy 15 director Hajime Tabata spoke to Gamespot about the reason for his choice of making the core cast an all-male affair. “Speaking honestly, an all-male party feels almost more approachable […]

  • Hearthstone Blackrock Mountain is coming April 2

    Blizzard has given Hearthstone expansion Blackrock Mountain a solid release date. Hearthstone’s Blackrock Mountain adventure pack will be released April 2 in the Americas region, and April 3 in Europe, Korea, Taiwan, and China. Blackrock Depths is the first wing to be released, others will follow one week apart. Other than the 31 new cards, […]

  • Bloodborne: if you can’t load your save after installing firmware 2.50, this will help

    If you’re having issues loading your Bloodborne save after applying firmware update 2.50 to your PS4, this should help you out. Reddit user KBALLZZ encountered an issue after installing update 2.50 on his PlayStation 4. Bloodborne started reinstalling the day one patch again and when it was done he couldn’t continue his game or load […]

  • Use this code to get 10% off on PSN purchases

    Sony is offering a 10% discount coupon to anyone looking to buy games on PlayStation Store this weekend. Sony’s latest discount coupon code is here. You’ll receive 10% off your cart total when buying from the PSN Store. The offer is not valid on purchases made on PS Vita, PlayStation TV, PSP, or in-game stores. […]

  • Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin upgrade path announced, system specs revealed

    Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin will offer returning customers a chance to upgrade at a discounted price. Those who already own Dark Souls 2 on Steam and are interested in picking up the Scholar of the First Sin edition will be happy to know that publisher Bandai Namco is offering them an […]

  • Bloodborne: this is what happens when you have 40 Insight

    Insight is one of the currencies in Bloodborne, but it’s also a mechanic that affects the gameplay. There are MASSIVE SPOILERS below, so turn back now or one of Bloodborne’s gameplay mechanics will be SPOILED for you. Just like Blood Echoes in Bloodborne, Insight is used to purchase certain items from vendors in the game. […]

  • Phase two of Xbox One April update brings voice messages, dedicated servers for party chat, more

    The second phase of the April update for Xbox One is now open to members of the Preview programme and and it looks like there are even more features in store. Phase one of Xbox One’s April firmware update started a few days ago with improvements to party chat and achievements notifications. Today, phase two […]

  • GTA 5′s graphical “downgrade” is a bug, will be fixed in upcoming patch

    As of patch 1.8 for GTA 5 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, a few graphical issues have cropped up leading some to believe there has been a stealth downgrade to the game’s overall graphics. Over the past couple of days, Reddit went nuts over a video showing what appears to be a downgrade to […]

  • Destiny: Xur location and inventory for March 27, 28 – MIDA Multi-Tool edition

    Xur: Agent of the Nine has arrived at The Tower in Destiny to rid you of your Strange Coins. Xur: Agent of the Nine has once again made it to Destiny’s Tower to sell you Exotic weapons and gear in exchange for Strange Coins and Motes of Light. For this weekend, Xur can be found […]

  • Destiny vault space upgrade will have enough room for every Exotic

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  • Half-Life 2: Update mod applies some sparkle to the original title

    Half-Life 2: Update will be available tomorrow, and thanks to the modding community, those who own the vanilla version of the game can apply a visual update to the 2004 title. The comparison video shows you the differences between the original version, and the version with Half-Life 2: Update applied. Here’s what the mod includes: […]

  • Neverwinter MMO can now be pre-downloaded on Xbox One

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