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Mortal Kombat Australian appeal lost, RC status upheld [Update]

Monday, 14th March 2011 02:31 GMT By Brenna Hillier

The Australian Classification Board met last week to decide the fate of Mortal Kombat’s Australian release, and has today confirmed the title’s Refused Classification status, despite an appeal by Warner Bros.

Gamespot reports the Board held a session last Friday, March 11 to discuss the controversial title ahead of a final decision, and today announced it will uphold the Refused Classification decision.

GamePron reports Warner Bros. issued the following statement:

“We’re obviously extremely disappointed that the refused classification decision has been upheld by the Classification Review Board. We want to thank the thousands of Mortal Kombat fans in Australia and around the world who have voiced their support during the appeal process.”

Mortal Kombat was awarded a Refused Classification rating, making it illegal to retail within Australia. The game’s content, in particular its fatalities, were judged too extreme for Australia’s highest ratings category, MA15+.

New Zealand authorities gave the game an R18+ rating.

Warner Bros. Interactive announced it would aggressively appeal the decision, claiming the game’s content is no more concerning than that of currently available titles.

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9 Comments

  1. theevilaires

    Kangaroo chasing retards…was Mortal Kombat banned on the snes….did all other MK on every system before this gen get in? If any self respecting Australian had dignity they’d leave that country for good. There are more important things to worry about than a damn Mortal Kombat game.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. James Mac

    @1

    Fucking oath… things like actual working universal healthcare, free and regular elections, a working economy with low national debt, good standards of living, low unemployment, low crime rates.

    Get some perspective.

    It’s a game, a hobby, not something worth migrating for.
    Australia is a republic (in the actual sense of the word) and the classification system is under review.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. Crysis

    Is there anyone else more melodramatic than yourself TEA? You’re suggesting Australians leave their country because A single game (that we can individually import), isn’t available in retail, even though Japan & New Zealand have just gone through terrible Earth Quakes.
    Priorities mate! Priorities…

    #3 3 years ago
  4. theevilaires

    First of all I wasn’t serious but I knew Australia’s worst would come on here and cry like babies. Second its stupid that even a consideration of this game is being banned when its predecessors with the same type of gore and violence made it through. Thats the joke and sad part of it all. You get your priorities straight retard this shouldn’t even be an issue in the first place. ITS A FUCKING VIDEO GAME! NOT A TRAINING COURSE ON HOW TO THROW A SPEAR AT YOUR PEER AND CHOP HIS HEAD OFF!

    Its ok to broadcast on your national tv of a guy holding his baby close to a crocodile but we have to sensor our precious citizens from a video game Mortal Kombat, but the MK movies are ok let our people enjoy real people acting out violent scenes on film….as long as its not a “video game” What an ass backwards country.

    So I guess if this stupid thing is passed MK will really be exclusive to the PS3 (via import) then since 360 games are region locked.

    GOD BLESS AMERICA!

    #4 3 years ago
  5. Crysis

    Redneck, you act as if the USA is perfect

    #5 3 years ago
  6. Schindet Nemo

    @4
    Every nation has it’s sensibilities.
    Australia heavily censors violence. Japan censors references to real people in games and the US censors nudity and sex. Get off your high horse, your system is not any better than the Australian one.
    May I remind you of the absolute idiotic “controversy” about the “sexual content” in Mass Effect or the Night Trap incident in the early 90s that spawned the ESRB in the first place?

    #6 3 years ago
  7. James Mac

    @6.

    Janet Jackson and “NippleGate”?

    #7 3 years ago
  8. theevilaires

    @6 Sex and nudity vs cartoon violence are two different things. We try to censor that stuff for children because morally its not something they should be shown or taught at a young age. But video games?….. come on they aren’t even letting this be sold to grown adults in Australia. Why not just enforce a no kid policy with huge fines or something. Don’t stop people who are in their damn 30′s from enjoy a series they grew up with.

    Its idiotic when you truly think about. The U.S. doesn’t ban porn because they don’t want young people seeing it. They make rules and penalties to people who sell or distribute it. The Mass Effect bullshit did not cause the game to be taken off store shelves so you fail. MK won’t even taste Australian air for it to be a televised debate about it. You people are slaves and your government has too much control over your lives.

    #8 3 years ago
  9. Schindet Nemo

    @8
    America does ban… a lot.

    The FCC is pre-filtering what an American adult is allowed to see and what he’s not. If the FCC deems something offensive no one is allowed to see it. American TV is one of the most censored on the planet.

    And We Dare got pulled off the shelves for it’s content. So you fail Sir.

    I’m against censorship of any kind. But I deem the Australian system more reasonable.Children need to be protected from violence not nipples. Nudity is something perfectly natural gore is not.

    “sex and nudity vs cartoon violence are two different things. We try to censor that stuff for children because morally its not something they should be shown or taught at a young age”

    Kids get sex-ed age 10 over here in Austria.

    #9 3 years ago

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