Aliens Vs Predator "Banned" In, Yes, Australia

It's with a heavier heart than usual (normally it's as light as a sparrow!) that I tell you Rebellion's upcoming Aliens vs Predator has been "refused classification" in Australia. Which is as good as a ban.

Should have seen this coming a mile away. It's shaping up to be an incredibly gory game, and Australia's Classification Board - hamstrung by the country's lack of an adults-only game rating - simply couldn't let it slide as an MA15+ title.

Sega Australia's Vispi Bhopti tells us "SEGA Australia can today confirm that the initial submission of Aliens vs Predator has been Refused Classification by the Classification Operations Board of Australia. We will continue to investigate all options available to us, including the possibility of appeal".

That means there'll either be an appeal ("hey, you let the first two AvP games in!"), or the less palatable option, a reduction in the game's more visceral aspects.


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    Sorry Luke, but you're a bit slow. Mr. Wildgoose posted about this at 10:30am the same day as you: http://www.kotaku.com.au/2009/12/aliens-vs-predator-refused-classification-in-australia/.

    noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo :(

    Oh Australia, what game will you ban next?

    I just got my hands on House of the Dead: Overkill.

    Now this game has zombies coming at the player, and defeating these creatures results in excessive blood and gore.

    There is even an instance early on in the game where a severed head, complete with spinal column, is thown at the player and the view is completely obscured.

    Now, can someone please tell me how Overkill is able to get in here yet AvP gets banned for less?

    This is almost like the "Uncanny Valley Effect" that Yahtzee is constantly refering to.

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