Time to laugh at Oz again.. Mortal Kombat banned in Australia

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Since we haven’t had the chance to beat them in the current cricket world cup yet we’ll just have to be satisfied with being able to sit back and laugh at the Australians wallowing on their rock on the other side of the planet.

According to a statement by Mortal Kombat’s publishers, Warner Bros, the title hasn’t been able to receive a M15 rating in Australia which effectively means it’s banned.

Grown Australians still unfortunately suffer from being treated like imbeciles by their own government who don’t feel that they can handle the violence in mature games.

The highly anticipated video game Mortal Kombat, published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment (WBIE) in Australia, has been refused classification by the Australian Classification Board and will not release in Australia. 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. As a member of the iGEA, WBIE is reviewing all options available at this time.

As much as I may not be the biggest fan of the country itself I can’t help but feel it’s ridiculous that in 2011 they are still being treated like children and have to suffer under such a restrictive regime.

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Mind you they had a chance to replace them with a different option last year but decided to go with the Welsh lady with the anti-immigration campaign instead so they sort of deserve this.

Source: Gamepron

Last Updated: February 25, 2011

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