Australia is famously strict about what it lets go on sale in its video game stores. It’s slightly odd that such a free spirited, easy going nation of people should be so uptight and restrictive when it comes to the world’s largest entertainment media.
The latest title to suffer from the over-zealous Aussie banhammer is the upcoming (and rather exciting-looking) Mortal Kombat. The game has been banned due to the graphic nature of its “Fatalities”. The Classification Board have issued a statement attempting to explain their decision:
The game includes over 60 fatalities… which 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.
So there you have it, Australians. Those of you who are old enough to drink, get married and vote are apparently too naive to realise the difference between fantasy violence rendered in a video game and actual violence that you might be tempted to commit yourself.