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Post by RUSTA @ 01:59pm 02/03/11 | 17 Comments
Warner Brothers Interactive Entertainment Australia have issued an official statement confirming that they will appeal the recent decision to refuse classication of the upcoming Mortal Kombat.
"After careful consideration Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment Australia have decided to appeal to the Australian Classification Review Board against the RC (Refused Classification) decision given to Mortal Kombat.

After reviewing both the game play and the Board’s original decision WBIE Australia believe the violence in the game is on par with numerous other titles readily available for sale in the Australian market. As such the company wants to exhaust all options to make the game available to Mortal Kombat fans in this country. An identical version of the game will be submitted for appeal"
I was just about to preorder from the UK. I still think I will have to though.

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tspec
Posted 02:32pm 02/3/11
Promoted and no link in the OP ;) Anyway, as long as WB stand their ground and don't edit the game, it's all good.
trillion
Posted 02:35pm 02/3/11
OFLC wins, HARI-KARI
Dan
Posted 02:37pm 02/3/11
Promoted and no link in the OP
Link was redundant, WBIE is the source and sent the same statement to all interested media. I would have gotten to making a new news post, but people whinged when we do that to. Can't win either way :)
carson
Posted 02:51pm 02/3/11
I hope it gets denied, and I hope they don't edit it. If it doesn't get through and they don't edit it, it'll be the best thing they can do for getting us an R18+ rating. I'm sure retailers would kick up a s*** storm over it. Which is needed!
ravn0s
Posted 02:58pm 02/3/11
retailers will only kick up a stink if its a massive title like cod.
Dan
Posted 03:17pm 02/3/11
I hope it gets denied, and I hope they don't edit it. If it doesn't get through and they don't edit it, it'll be the best thing they can do for getting us an R18+ rating. I'm sure retailers would kick up a s*** storm over it. Which is needed!
I'm actually hoping that it does get through, so it shines as yet another example of a game that really isn't appropriate for children passing in under the 15+ bar when it should be an 18+ title.

I agree with ravn0s in that it would have to be a much more successful title than that for the local retailers to start getting huffy about lost sales. MK looks to be shaping up to be a decent fighter, but I doubt it has much chance at getting the kind of popularity that the original MK games got back in the 90s -- at best it can possibly aspire to out performing SF4 and MvC3, and it will have to have some serious goods to even do that.
jackflash
Posted 03:22pm 02/3/11
F*****g wanker Australian Classification board, i wish cancer upon all of them and their families...
shody
Posted 03:30pm 02/3/11
F*****g wanker Australian Classification board, i wish cancer upon all of them and their families...


Why? I thought their job was to rate the media. If it is R18+ it's not their fault there is no such category here, that's up to the lawmakers?

Unless I have it all completely wrong, which is entirely possible.
Fixah
Posted 03:32pm 02/3/11
We need to have gamers on the classification board.

I'll take the job and issue out an R24+ classification for the all the serial killers in jail to indulge in their wild murderious fantasies. Mortal Kombat will be child's play.
Enska
Posted 03:36pm 02/3/11
Why? I thought their job was to rate the media. If it is R18+ it's not their fault there is no such category here, that's up to the lawmakers?

Unless I have it all completely wrong, which is entirely possible.


No,your exactly right.
Jackflash is just a stupid c*** with no idea.
Khel
Posted 03:41pm 02/3/11
Why? I thought their job was to rate the media. If it is R18+ it's not their fault there is no such category here, that's up to the lawmakers?


This. Its not like they're banning it, they're just saying that it can't be given an MA15+ rating, and since theres nothing higher, then they can't give it a rating, so it gets refused classification and we end up here.

I'd argue that the board is not doing its job if this appeal is actually successful and the game comes out unaltered with an MA15+ rating. Not cos I'm some conservative right wing douchebag that doesn't want to see the game released, but really, it doesn't belong in the MA15+ bracket at all. I haven't actually looked it up, but I'd bet that most (if not all) other countries in the world have this rated R18+ (or their country's equivalent).
trillion
Posted 03:48pm 02/3/11
I'm not arguing that the game shouldn't get released and whoever want's to buy it should be able to buy it. But it's not really appropriate for kids with birthday or holiday money saved to be able to go into a store like EB Games and buy the game because it's on the shelf. Just like it's not appropriate for them to rock into a place that sells cigarettes and buy a pack and get their lay-buy on death off to an early start.
Fixah
Posted 03:51pm 02/3/11
I'd argue that the board is not doing its job if this appeal is actually successful and the game comes out unaltered with an MA15+ rating. Not cos I'm some conservative right wing douchebag that doesn't want to see the game released, but really, it doesn't belong in the MA15+ bracket at all. I haven't actually looked it up, but I'd bet that most (if not all) other countries in the world have this rated R18+ (or their country's equivalent).
I share this sentiment wholeheartedly. All the more reason why there needs to be a 24+ 18+ classification.
Enska
Posted 04:06pm 02/3/11
So basically, you agree with the rest of us that there needs to be an R18+ classification trillion.
Thanks for clearing that up.
trillion
Posted 04:21pm 02/3/11
Is that where this all started or did it start with the OFLC giving it an RC based on their current classification categories?
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