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Australia bans Mortal Kombat

We all know that the authorities and lobby groups in Australia have a bit of a problem with video games: they already tried to get Modern Warfare 2 banned over there, and now they’ve effectively banned the new Mortal Kombat.

The Australian Classification Board has refused to give the game a classification, which means that the game won’t be given an official release. Why? Because if a game is deemed unsuitable for children they don’t feel it should be released, a great piece of logic given that the average gamer is in his 20s and has spent more time watching YouPorn and violent films than playing video games. The banning., which is what it effectively is, is no great loss to the gaming public, as the game doesn’t look all that, but it’s a pretty ugly step in the wrong direction with regards to censorship.

‘Computer games that are unsuitable for a minor to see and play will be Refused Classification,’ says the Board. Mortal Kombat ‘contains violence that exceeds strong in impact and is therefore unsuitable for persons aged under 18 years to play.’ Unlucky Warner Bros.

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