Mortal Kombat Banned In Australia

Mortal Kombat Banned In Australia

Mortal Kombat Banned In AustraliaWe’ve just gotten confirmation that Mortal Kombat has been Refused Classification in Australia.

After speaking with the Classification Board we can confirm that the rumours currently flying around the internet are correct – Mortal Kombat has been refused classification in Australia.

We’ve just received a statement from Warner Brothers which states the following.

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.

Ron Curry, CEO of the Interactive Games & Entertainment Association had this to say:

The granting of another RC to a video game clearly designed and targeted at ADULTS again highlights the shortcomings of the current classification scheme. In particular, the absence of an adult classification.

As with many other forms of media, there is a demand and place for an adult themed narrative. We trust adults with this material in other media forms, yet deny them similar access simply because it’s a ‘game’. We would not accept the argument that because it’s “unsuitable for a minor to see or play” that it should therefore be banned in any other media form, so why video games?

When a highly anticipated game receives an RC we can expect two things to happen; interest in obtaining the game will actually increase and people will still get the game either through importing (ordering online) or pirating; the latter an encouragement to commit a crime in order to perpetuate the crime of accessing illegal content. Ironically, the game is then widely available in Australia without any identifiable classification markings. How is this informing parents and protecting children?

It is the industry position that an adult classification sends a clear message to the public that the content is not suitable for minors and is the most effective means of guiding access to mature content. Refusing classification of titles that meet adult rating criteria in every other Western country in our digital age is ineffective and naïve.

It is also important to highlight that content that exceeds the guidelines of an R18+ classification, should it be introduced, would still be refused classification and banned in Australia.

More news as we get it. For more information on the R18+ situation in Australia click here.


      • You should be able to go in and cancel the pre-order and get a refund. Don’t let them force you into getting a credit if there is nothing in store that you want.

        Seriously though, I have to agree with people who say that they saw this coming. As soon as I saw the fatality footage, I knew it was going to have a hard time getting passed.

        I’ll be importing it.

      • Just get your money back for the pre-order from whoever you went through.

        Go here:

        Mortal Kombat goes for £39.99, which is roughly $64AU. Delivery is cheap as, quite swift too. You’re laughing!

        Region is the same for UK when it comes to Xbox 360 games, I assume it’s the same for PS3.
        Only problem I ran into is; you can’t re-sell UK games on the 2nd hand market in AUS. But that’s no biggie, that shit is currently bad for the industry anyway.

        Plus your hard earned cash is supporting a system that is pro-adult gamers, and you save money doing it this way too!

        It’s a win-win situation.

      • Ozgameshop has pre-orders for AU$54, free delivery, that’s the best price I’ve found so far. Was planning on going through them before I even knew it was banned.

    • Cancel preorder
      Order from, they sell the UK version, will work fine on the AUS 360…same region.

    • So, not getting a video game makes you not want to be Australian? Awesome priorities chief. It makes me sad that YOU’RE Australian.

      • I think he’s trying to convey a sense of disbelief at the democratic process rather than a disenfranchisement of his national identity. The problem is far greater than simple classifications as well, it goes to Australia’s complete lack of appreciation for the Arts as well. Gamers aren’t taken seriously and thus we aren’t represented democratically.

      • Wow, way to totally miss the point. Yes, its this one video game that makes me wish I wasn’t Australian (sarcasm there just in case you missed that too).

        I think Mark summed it up pretty well.

    • Problem is, Australians keep voting for Labor and Liberal parties who created this system and refuse to change it.

      I bet 90% of Aussie gamers vote Labor or Liberal.

    • Yeah but that just proves games are addictive, you can’t get your fix and you get violent (or since you’re a gamer it’s probably Hyperviolent)

      • Thats just plain ignorance. The fact you just called GAMES addictive by nature is a myth. Are Edutainment addictive? Hardly they’re defined by their content more precisely deceptive reward systems are what addictive.

        More importantly people are addictive by nature & if you condemn games to this quality then you must acknowledge that ALL media has addictive qualities. For example Sugar is more “addictive” than any media or beer is 10,000% destructive than any media. Games are a healthy hobby when like everything is used in balance. That a very dated perspective you got there, I recommend you enlighten yourself otherwise you’re just another bigot.


    I don’t know what I would prefer they do… edit it and launch in April or wait until we hopefully get an R18+ rating later this year… (or maybe release an uncut version later when we do get the rating?)

    • One thing that’s come up in the R18AU topic is that there will not be any retrospective reclassifying of games previously RC if an R18+ rating is issued in Australia.

      • I was under the impression that it wouldn’t happen automatically, but the publisher could choose to resubmit if they felt it would pass.

        • I think you’re spot on with this. Question is… is Australia enough of a market that anyone will bother?

          Valve probably would, because updating everyone’s copies of L4D2 would be a doddle and digital distro means the market will be instantly ready for the R version. But getting a newISH game into shops probably wouldn’t generate the same returns.

        • The way the legislation and guidelines are written currently a publisher doesn’t have the right of resubmitting the same game – all they can do is appeal a decision. If an R18+ was to be introduced there would likely need to be a specific addition to the legislation and/or guidelines to enable resubmission for possible R18+ classification. Therefore as I understand it the AG’s would need to make a conscious decision to allow resubmission and actively enable it to occur – something so far unlikely given the publicised statements about the subject.

    • To clarify I didn’t expect it because most games are actually getting through now, including Duke Nukem and Bulletstorm.

      • Good point, how does Bulletstorm, a game that promotes killing with style, and swearing up the dicktits get through without RC.

        • well one can say it’s part of the story.

          Mortal kombat it’s just 2 guys laying into each other

          the biggest issue that the classification board has.

          is stuff must be in context

          so people running around swearing and defending themselves is fine. Yes i said defending because every enemy in that comes after you.

          2 guys fighting each other to the death for no apparent reason than that they can. doesn’t really put anything in context.

          They could also argue that a game like this could cause real fight’s. and since the fights end with death thats an issue that something like wrestling doesn’t incur

          • “2 guys fighting each other to the death for no apparent reason than that they can. doesn’t really put anything in context.”

            By the above logic we should be banning all Mixed Martial Arts, Wrestling & Boxing games too

          • at no point in any of those games can you blow someones head off man

            and when i say what i said im saying that’s how they would see it.

            as the follow up to this article states the ripping in half of an enemy would be seen as unescecary after a defeat

          • “2 guys fighting each other to the death for no apparent reason than that they can. doesn’t really put anything in context.”

            I didn’t realise this game was a commentary on the war in Afghanistan. *boom tish*

      • EB Games informed their customers to call their support hotline to organize refunds. Not sure what GAME and JB will be doing about it, but I would hope it was the same thing.

        • Under the Trade Practices Act, if a supplier cannot supply something that you have paid for they must offer you a full refund. Dont let them bully you into a store credit.

  • I knew that would happen… Duke makes it through, MK gets banned.

    Hopefully they pull a Rebellion and get it put through without edits.

  • This is really not the sort of game you can censor to make it suitable for MA15+, either… the violence is kind of the whole point of the game! (But then, neither was Fallout 3, Left4Dead 2, and all those other games which WERE modified and re-released).

    Unfortunately, this is really just par for the course in this country these days.

    • my guess is the reason behind the ban is the fatality’s

      i mean just using the description on wiki

      “The Fatalities are usually lethal, featuring a brutal and morbid execution of the now-defenseless enemy character; however, some of them are actually non-violent and humorous, and some are even resulting in the suicidal death of the victorious character.”

      See to the board that lacks reason. Because there is no need to execute the defenceless enemy character. and the suicidal death part doesn’t help either.

      i’m willing to bet if they made it so that there was no actual deaths a the end of the fight there would be no ban

    • You Know, I was so suprised about MC being banned that i fell right out of my chair, when i realised that falling caused pain, I

      • Sorry ’bout the reply above, accidently hit “enter”. Anyway, “- fainted outright from astonishment” was what I planned to finish that with



    In all seriousness, this is some of the worst gaming news I’ve ever heard…

  • “It is also important to highlight that content that exceeds the guidelines of an R18+ classification, should it be introduced, would still be refused classification and banned in Australia.”

    I think this is wrong. I may be the only one that feels this way, and I’m not going to go about arguing my case because I think it is best to stay focused on just getting an R rating, not arguing over how it will be done. However I am an adult and I think I have the right to see whatever I want, providing it doesn’t actually depict a real criminal act.

    I’m not sure but I have heard of movies that are so violent/gory/sexually explicit that they get banned here, and I’m pretty sure when it has happened there have been arguments over it. I’m an adult and I will choose what I want to see, no matter how horrible it is I still see it as wrong for my government to ever say ‘the public can’t see this’ in an effort to ‘protect’ us.

    But again I’ll be happy just to get the R rating on games.

    • but 706 to use the arguement which we all despise as it would never apply

      Something like rapelay is something that would go in that RC area.

      Pretty much nothing that gets made should ever go in the RC area.

      theres not alot that goes into that section even for movies about 20 if memory serves right. with most being pre 2000 era

      Though i think with R18+ we should also Get X18+ only because of the Fact that it exsist’s for movies and i expect that when it can be done well the porn industry will cross to games(not saying they should, but again theres no reason to exclude them. Just make it those games are sold only at adult toy shops and you solve that problem.

      there already on the net now anyways

    • You can’t ask for an R18+ without some substantive context around how it would look. SCAG recognised that at their last meeting. To say YES to an R18, you have to understand what it is you are agreeing to.

      Just as importantly as to what fits into and R18, you have to identify what doesn’t. That’s where the fear and misinformation springs from, as per Atkinson. He was an expert on saying an R18 would mean excessive violence and depraved sex. We need to identify clearly the upper limits.

    • Somewhat ironically 706 you’ve negated your own argument with the line “providing it doesn’t actually depict a real criminal act.”

      You can’t have “no limits”, then impose exceptions to that. By doing so you create limits, aka censorship. Who’s then to say where those limits stop? I know, a censorship/classification board.

      I’m not really sure what you mean by the exception which would ban depictions of a real criminal act though. Currently lots of games depict criminal acts – murder, break and enter, theft etc. If you mean showing actual real life criminal acts occurring, well while that could apply to say film (e.g. snuff films), games by their nature are simulations (I suppose the exception could be FMV cut scenes).

      Personally, I’m quite happy for limits to exist, and the classification board to have a role to play. Those limits however need to be balanced, applied consistently across media and subject to appropriate review and updating.

      • He’s saying that if a game is marketted and it contains actual footage or photographic depictions of real life crimes, then yes they should be banned because the creators of the game are profitting from violating the law – and in the case of photographic depiction of rape, child pornography, etc., they’re profitting from directly violating the rights of others.

        If, however, the game is a virtual simulation where no crime has been committed/no one’s rights have been violated, then the game should NOT be censored/refused classification on ANY grounds. No matter how gorey/vulgar/sexually promiscuous the content of the game is (or for that case ANY form of media) then – as a free society – the content shouldn’t be made illegal. No crime was broken in the production/marketting of the product and so it should be free to purchase and obtain.

        Granted a game containing virtual simulations of child rape and gore would be considered HIGHLY immoral and unethical in our society, the fact that the content is 100% fictional means that it doesn’t impreach on anyone’s rights and therefore, I believe, it should be legal.

        I would never purchase such a game, but I believe no media should be censored. I think it’s the consumers’ job to determine what they do and do not buy. If people do not support the content – they will not buy it. Simple as that. As much as the public wants violent/sexually explicit games or snuff films to be banned, the problem here is that it comes down to personal bias – and when the control is put in the hands of the government, people are going to be upset by the results.

        Do I want an R18+ classification? As the current system stands, yes.

        Would I rather the classification system be stripped of all legal power and exist only as a way of informing consumers of the content of media? Hell yes.

        To sum up, I would like to say this: When it comes to media, there will always be ideological conflict on whether the content is “suitable” to exist within society. I think to be a truely “free” society, we have to accept this, and in turn not allow the government to determine what is suitable for us or not – except in cases where people have had their rights compromised by the direct production of the media form. It’s up to consumers and suppliers to determine what they choose to buy and sell – and in turn send the message to the production companies what they deem morally sound and not.

  • Here’s hoping a massive sh*tstorm hits the fans at the AG’s office.
    But I’m not completely surprised at the outcome. Hurry up, you bureaucratic turtles! We need that R18+ rating for games soon!

    • Guess I need to find out if my Xbox 360 is region locked. if so, mod chip time. Even more money going out of the country now, nice job.

      Honestly, what a kick to the nads.

      • The 360 is region locked, and a modchip or similar won’t usually get around the lock.

        The UK release should be uncensored, as their rating systems have an 18+ category, and UK releases are the same region as Australia. Often can be gotten for fairly cheap too.

      • Yeah, I second the NegativeZero – get a UK version. No region issues, only downside is you can’t trade it. But, no doubt you’ll save some cash on the import regardless.

  • Will we get details on what caused the ban?

    Guess the Australian government misses out on the GST revenue, and Harvey Norman will have to complain about online sales with this one.

    World’s oldest? Really, sorry WB, please do not add hyperbole to these press releases.

  • And my ever increasing collection of RC games gets another addition. And cheaper than what I would of paid for it locally too. Thanks Classification Board, you and that whining git Gerry Harvey make the decision to send my money overseas almost too easy!

  • It’s time to do away with this government mandated censorship. It should be viewed as the kind of thing oppressive regimes do and not free democratic nations.

    Remove the requirement to get anything “classified”. Let adults make up their own mind for what’s suitable for them to consume. Provide guidance to parents so they know the content of the material so they can decide what is and isn’t suitable for their children. This needs to be done now.

    • Really? Get nothing classified? What do you do, take your kid to a movie and hope it’s OK for them? Or see it twice, once without them? The only problem is no adult rating for games.

      • You provide guidance to parents. So you let them know what’s in a film, if it has sex scenes, if it has swearing, if it is violent, if it contains theses not suitable for children. There is no need to the government to mandate that ever film, book, DVD and game has to go through this process. It should be up to the parents to decide that if that information isn’t provided then it might not be suitable for children. It would then fall to the publishers to ensure that information is provided to ensure children will be able to see it.

    • That’s strange. I always thought:
      RC = Can’t legally sell game in Australia = Banned
      Logically speaking, no?

      • RC just means it can’t be sold here (it’s required to have a classification sticker to be sold). The law doesn’t state we aren’t allowed to buy or own it though, so no, it’s not banned.

        • I could be wrong but I think it is also illegal to purchase and even own.

          Anything RC’ed is also considered prohibited good thus can be ceased if found in imports by customs.

          • And here’s some bad news. Given the amount of attention this news has attracted, there’s a good chance that customs will be looking for copies coming from overseas. None of us will be getting this game, and they’ll make sure of it.

  • and they wonder why people pirate games, this is your answer, because there is no other way to get them legally because of the classification system that feels at home in the middle ages, may i ask ms Gillard do you believe the world is flat too? and is the moon made of cheese? just lost my vote…..

  • fuck the ACL, Fuck the ACB and fuck the government… Congrats, they want me to support the local gaming industry and then they go and make a decision like this… well im going to support another countries economy.

  • Not surprising, but very dissapointing and another good argument for R+18 to add to the pile.

    And now it has been RCed, it can never be legally released in Australia without removing the fatalities and the xray shots.


  • Time to do my part in worsening Australia’s current account deficit and deny local retailers revenue!

    Here’s to democracy!

  • Interesting… MK RC’d, yet Bulletstorm, Duke Nukem and even Alice: Madness Returns allowed in at MA15… Is one of the characters a drug-user? Shao Khan high would be hilarious. Just change it to ‘Med-X’, it’ll get through! 😛

    @blaze0041, It’s in the hands of politicians – it’ll take a year or three.

  • Yep, those fatalities were always going to be difficult to get past our system. I’ve had my eye on this for a long time and it’s looking good. I’m not gunna let a little thing like Aussie retailers not stocking it get in my way 🙂

  • Correct me if I’m wrong, but wasn’t the original Mortal Kombat one of the trigger games that caused the (fundamentally broken, in hindsight) legislation that resulted in games being censored by the old OFLC in the first place?

    • Actually, historically speaking Mortal Kombat was the reason America created their classification system. The impact on Australian video games classification was minimal at most

  • OMG Stupid ratings board this is my most anticipated title of this year and they ment and ruined it oh well time to import I mean seriously they thnk they can stop us HELL NO!!!

  • This could be a blessing in disguise… bare with me here.
    In the past any games banned haven’t appealed to a mass market where as this could be the catalyst for an uproar. so many gamers will be annoyed by this that it will cause an uproar and heat up the ratings debate to boiling point. Then finally we can knock it on the head. In the mean time I’ll just import it. Stay calm, relax, press start and GO.

      • While I was saddened myself to see the AE news, the reason behind it is because AE was built to be deliberately unbalanced, so as to dumb down the perceived advantage fireball-based characters had (although they ended up going too far with that, which is why Daigo dropped Ryu for Yun), and to encourage people to play other characters because of their boost. This was all stated by Yoshinori Ono himself.

        As Super IV was designed with balance in mind, releasing AE on consoles, either via retail or DLC, would ruin that perceived balance they’ve developed. However, Capcom hasn’t ruled out releasing the 4 AE-exclusive characters as DLC in a form more balanced for Super IV. And odds are pretty high of that happening (especially since 360 achievements tied to those characters were leaked a while back).

  • I hate living this is stupid country, the whole country is just going more and more backwards and censored time to move I think.

    • Seriously? Over a game?

      All the people who leave anonymous comments like “this is the final straw, this country’s stuffed, time to leave” should be tracked down and actually forced to move!

        • I never said that *I* would do it. I just figured that “they” could. You know, the same “they” that are ruining the country and so on. But if “they” want to deputise me with special deportation powers then I’m keen!

          And yes, I’m aware of the apparent hypocrisy of complaining about anonymous posts while appearing to remain anonymous myself. However, my identity is actually known around these parts. Only three others share this secret… Our friends the Sorceress (aka FatShady), Man-at-Arms (aka Mark Serrels) and Orko (aka Qumulys).

          • Actually no not because of a game just because this country is so over censored and or controlled by our government our laws are crappy and we are becoming further and further form a free country

          • I am going to insult you here. Sorry mate, but I can’t stand it.

            Do not let the door hit you in the ass on the way out.

            God, another person going on about leaving a country or hating it because of a frigging game. Oh and do not go and try and say it has to do with the amount of censorship and freedom of speech. You know that is BS. You are just pissed about not being able to get the game here. Admit it.

            Besides, just import it. Eventually the retail industry will turn on the censorship board and flay them alive for the amount of lost business anyway.

          • Umm I am not going to admit it because I wouldn’t of bought this game anyway I hate fighting games the only mortal kombat I have played is the one on N64

  • Wait, so this gets the ban and a truly suspicious game like We Dare gets a PG, a slap on the wrist for dirty advertising and the go-ahead to sell to kids 12 and over?

    Has anyone ever considered that no-one in government is properly representative of the state of the people any more?…

  • Well this just ruined my day…
    I seriously cannot comprehend why they don’t think the government is against an R18+ rating when they’ve been shown there are no negatives to it and all the positives are right there in front of them.

    Just because they don’t play games and don’t think they’re worth the time of day. It doesn’t seem right that people with no understanding on the matter are allowed to make decision on it.


    • **I seriously cannot comprehend why the government is against an R18+ rating

      rage has clouded my ability to form proper sentences…

  • Psh, who cares? Import it. Stupid classification boards and ignorant politicians won’t stop us from playing what we want.

      • Not only is it the principle. It is also precedent. As people mentioned, it is not banned it is refused classification. If we don’t speak out against out Government’s decision how long until it is actively banned?

        The people should not fear their Government!

  • Yarr me hearties! There be other ways to game, savvy?

    If a game is not sold in your region, then technically speaking, downloading it should not count as piracy.

  • Thank you Australia Classification system for banning one of my favourite games yet allowing movies with the title “SCOOBY DOO A XXX PARODY”, You are not a hypocritical at all.


  • This is total BS, seriously.

    Import time, I would prefer the Kollectors Edition but if I can’t, will go to play asia.

    I have a question, if a description has
    US Version. No Regional Restrictions.

    Does that mean I can play it on my Aus PS3, still receive updates, DLC and play online? I am guessing online would be on US Servers though?

  • Hey Blunt I couldn’t agree with you more hahahaha…and they wonder why we buy online and not here at the very over priced shops. Apart from food I buy everything else online. Why would you go to the shops and get raped by them price wise.
    Looking for cheapest place to buy it for xbox 360 if anyone knows good cheap sites would be much appreciated :o)

  • Oh well… it doesnt really bother me, ive never really been a big fan of Mortal Kombat anyways… At least Duke Nukem got through without censoring.

  • How did GOW3 get through?

    Both set in fantasy. Both with incredibly detailed gore and violence.

    I’m angry due to the inconsistency. Many games have gotten through with violence just as detailed. Past entries in the series have gotten through before too.

    I believe it is a R18+ game though. The system is just broken and inconsistent.

    I’ll be importing for sure.

  • So what will happen with DLC for the game if you import it from overseas? Will we have no DLC available and have to dodge some sort of overseas account?

  • One think I dont like in that statement by IGEA is that the game is clearly made for Adults. No it is not. Mortal Combat is aimed at men who like violent games , and trust me , they would have been banking on a large amount of purchases from 14-18 yr olds.

    An R rating system would not keep these games out of the hands of children , it would just make them want it more , much like the playboy mags hidden underneath the beds of young males everywhere

  • Does anyone know if its region free? I think MK vs. DC was if I remember correctly.

    Bloody trying to find a Kollectors edition is not easy, as they were not released in UK

  • Come home after work to see this, what a great way to ruin a Friday.

    I am going to import this for sure.
    The only problem might be with D/L content, and AUS not being in the right region to access it.

    I am just wondering how all the previous MK games made it through, and this one didn’t.

    How badly do you have to rip a guys head off for it to be bannable?

  • Let the inconsistencies of our horrible classification system continue. That’s a good chunk of revenue that’s going overseas there. Hope the government’s ok with that. It’s not like recent events have given us the need for every cent or anything….

  • Wait a second, this is RC which will make everyone import it for less money and paying no tax? Right.

    Plus everyone is over 18 has either a credit card or debit card and will import if they want it anyway. This serious is known well enough that advertising for it is basically a waste of money. I have a bunch of friends that wouldn’t normally import, but certainly will for this game.

    Here’s to hoping they DON’T edit it as a giant FU to the Aus classification system.

  • Their Way: Game gets banned, mildly altered, then put back on shelves with MA15+ allowing 15 year olds access to everything else that was left in the game.

    Our Way: Game gets R18+, under 18’s have access to none of it.

    So my question is: Why do the censors desperately want this content in the hands of younger audiences?

    Also blaming video games for any type of violence is just washing the blood of their hands. If someone I loved was assaulted, this game wouldn’t offend me, someone saying the person who assaulted them isn’t responsbile for his/her actions would offend me.

  • Everyone is tekken this very seriously, not one refused klassification pun 🙁

    (Hehe Hyper’s old Tekken screenshot puns were my favourite. Tekken one for the team indeed.)

  • This is what you get when countries are run by outmoded, out-of-step, crotchety geriatrics who wouldn’t even know what Return key was, let alone what the likes of 4chan disseminate and inure today’s youth to.

    This is why the Middle-East is in revolt and why the US is trying to muzzle Assange — they fear change and the loss of power.

  • well the classification board was in a shit mood today…. they let in duke nukem and bulletstorm without a hitch, but anything huge like l4d2, NOOOOOOO cant have hugley popular games too many people will buy them 😐

  • Buy it online from UK its cheaper then buying in Aus anyway. maybe the bans good it will teach people to save money and buy online.

  • Everyone is going to buy their games overseas and game industry in australia are gonna start sooking cos of the review board. way to go. big deal man the game isnt even realistic.

  • Honestly?? How many times will we have to suffer from the decisions of geriatric backward thinking arse holes?

    Seriously there are so many things wrong with our government (out side the R18 issue but obviously including). I honestly want to leave this fucking bullshit country. Fucken over it.

  • Thanks AU classification board! I’m so glad I have a modchipped console so I can avoid this kind of rubbish where others are deciding what is and isn’t suitable for mine eyes. Censorship is ridiculous on so many levels.

  • Can anyone confirm that the version will be the UK import version?

    Also, I just shot an email off to as they have the Kollector’s Edition that was slated for release here in Aus.

    I’ll get back to you guys when/if they reply to me.

  • I don’t even care anymore. Seriously the last time I bought a game in Australia was…? I’ll import like every other game I get – and it will be cheaper!

  • Okay,

    I’m quite clearly still going to get this game, just on import instead from the UK instead of from an aussie store.

    What I want to know is, and please jump in if you know the answer, what will happen in regards to online play? Will I be able to find a match on xbox live? Will I get banned from the service like if I was playing a pirated game. Will the Government send a swat team through my window?

    • I too have picked up a lot of games out of the UK through OzGameShop. I think because they are PAL etc that there isn’t any problems with online or getting DLC. Sometimes US games (on PS3 are region specific with DLC only). I haven’t had any troubles with online though on either PS3 or 360 games.

    • Assuming you can get it past customs, then yes. There will be men with automatic weapons knocking down your door the moment you go online.

    • i doubt it but if they do say i didnt know they just say destroy it. same thing happened to my dad he had a beebee gun in a suitcase coming back to australia and he forgot which bag he put it in so they told him to destroy it but he never did

  • What is this BS about “I hate being an Australian” all about? Grow up you silly little people. It is (was as the case may be for us now) a game. You hate you nation over….a video game?

    Good lord, no wonder non gamers think we are nuts.

    Having said that, I am pissed about this. I saw it coming but I did hold a small glimmer of hope that it might make it through. Bugger it. Well, my money goes over seas now. Good Game.

  • I was not planning to buy this I had no interest until they banned now I must have it cause to get banned it’s gotta be good ironic banning it it’s just gonna make people want it more

  • upside, there is still 2 months before release, maybe we will have an 11th Hour miracle and the game will get through, downside is we would probably miss out on any form of Kollectors Edition aside from perhaps the costumes and avatar.

    Obviously that won’t happen, so I will be importing it. I am concerned as the others about access to DLC, updates and online play.

    No doubt a US version will need a US PSN account to get DLC. Would an Aus PSN account be fine with a EU version?

  • Congrats to our Aussie government. you’ve just banned one of the most anticipated games of 2011. Brace yourself people, as this is gonna kick up a whole lotta shit!

  • Im sick of these idiots dictating to adult gamers what they can and cant play so stuff it I’m importing and I advise others to do the same. Remember the Australian PS3 will play NTSC / PAL games with no issues and no region protection.

    Standard PS3 Edition –

    Kollectors Edition –

    Tournament Edition –

  • Stupid question I know, but what happens with the imports is there any way that when it comes in the mail customs decides to keep it due to being RC’ed?

    As i have never order from overseas, I am interested to know if there is any chance that I will not get what I paid for, again due to customs.

    And has anyone had any issues with PSN DLC content for imported games? Are you able to get this as well? iI there happens to be any planned for the game.

    Thanks all

  • Violent games that were not RC (that I can think of):

    Assassins Creed 2 – blade through head – nice.
    Bioshock 2.
    Alien vs Predator (nearly was).

    Just to name a few.

    And Duke Nukem Forever was passed?

  • I hate this crap, it is insulting to all adult gamers in this country.

    Despite the fact I buy everything from with free shipping to Aust, I still feel we are treated like children, and it is no wonder the games industry here is going under (except for iphone games which seem to thrive, too bad they mostly suck).

  • It’s interesting to note Apple’s iOS devices have a EA released Mortal Kombat game-but b that one is rated using Apple’s own rating system which doesn’t have refused classification category, while the latest console MK game gets a RC due it following ACB ratings because of objectionable content that pushes iit beyond a MA15+ classification .

    Apple could adopt the ACB system, if future MK games came to its devices.

    While WBIE must now consider whether it’s worthing editing out the objectionable content from the 360/PS3 MK game for a possible appeal and release in Oz.

  • There’s a iOS MK game (released by EA and not WBIE)-but rated using Apple’s rating system which does not follow the ACB system, while he console game gets a RC for objectionable content and these follow the ACB classifications.

    WBIE must now consider what next step to take-whether to edit and appeal or move on.

  • Come on, Kotaku. You were one of the only media sources I used to trust to accurately report things.
    It wasn’t BANNED, it was Refused Classification, two very different things.
    A Ban means it is illegal to sell/buy/own said item, Refused Classification only means that you can’t buy an Australian version from an Australian retailer. It means it is perfectly legal to own it by any other legal sale/transaction.

    Kotaku, please be better at reporting and restore my belief in your abilities.

    • Wrong!
      It is also illegal to import the game too. Hefty fines if you get caught and all that stuff. For example, it’s still illegal to own a copy of the first series of Underbelly in Victoria, but copies found their way in… Thou some people copped big fines for trying to send it into the state. Same thing has happened to Transformers Masterpiece Megatron and also Silent Hill: Homecoming (Before we got the censored version locally) But hey, we’ll find a way around it.

      “A Ban means it is illegal to sell/[b]buy[/b]/own said item, Refused Classification only means that you can’t [b]buy[/b] an Australian version from an Australian retailer.”
      Love the way you screw yourself over lol

  • meh. who cares.
    its probably a good thing anyway. at least now lazy people like me are forced to import and save money at the same time 😉
    the only losers here are the retailers in au. i wasnt “definitely” going to get this game. but now i am. just to stick it to the board.

  • everyone calm down, warners are already on it. they’ve decided to release a special australian edition of the game with only slightly reduced mature content. check it out here:

    looks like they were able tweak the gore without sacrificing the core theme & integrity of the game.

  • So, what needs to be done here? First of all, politicians in NSW need to be made aware, opposition (since they are likely to gain power) and current government. Write letters to these people so that when they do take power, the will be informed of the situation. This of course is unlikely to be of any help, I think I’ve gone beyond politicians being able to understand the situation. However, some will say anything to win a vote and one could hold them to that.

    This is all I can think of at this point. Personally, I am beyond being upset or surprised by this situation. It is just one less game I wont buy from a local distributor and as a result the local economy loses money.

    I do think Warners should resubmit, hopefully we will get an AVP situation where they see that the violence is so stupidly over the top that it goes beyond any sort of realism.

  • This is why more and more game-oriented people are LEAVING Australia. Not only are opportunities in the industry slim here, there’s little point if all you’re allowed to develop and release here are little kids’ games. Whoever handles the creation of media ratings needs to pull their head out of their rectum and give video games a fair chance. :/

  • Dear Australia,

    welcome to the early 1990’s.



    PS But seriously, are they stupid or what? This is clearly comical gore of the nature of an M rated slasher film. To top it off, people will simply buy it on import, MK being a popular title you could take the estimated sales lost to overseas then times that by the Aussie game price (what is that, like a hundred and fifty bucks these days?) and take 10% of that and there is the GST revenue the classification board have denied the government. Take the other 90% and that is the food they have taken from the table of Australian retailers and employees. Smart move, moral fools.

  • Yet another glaring advertisement for piracy. Censoring the game is just gonna force gamers to download it illegally, damn I wish the ACL would mind their own business and stop trying to control the country’s media – If it weren’t for their baseless complaints, we’d already have the logical R18 rating for this sort of thing.

  • wow, the classification people in Australia should really Man-up and make an R-rating already, I mean, its not like over 90% of our population want one.

  • Anyone thinking of importing should read this statement from JB-HI

    ‘Thanks for pre-ordering Mortal Kombat. We’ve just been given some disappointing news from the distributor. The Office of Film and Literature Classification have made a unanimous ruling to ban Mortal Kombat for sale or import into Australia, as it is a unanimous decision we’ve been told they are unable to lodge an appeal. Unfortunately we will be cancelling your pre orders. We will keep your emails on file in case a modified version becomes available so we can notify you.’


    It’s official. WBIE have pretty much been told that they can’t appeal, and you will receive a visit from a SWAT team if you try to import.

  • I suppose the issue is what is best for society as a whole as opposed to what mature sensible gamers want. If the board did only what gamer’s wanted, might as well close it down (no need for it). From that perspective I can understand why the board RC’d this.

    It’s also a lot more life-like and gory than the original MK (best one in my opinion).

  • Games are not just for children. Studies have shown that the average age for a “gamer” in Australia is 30. Its a great form of entertainment for people of all ages.

    I see a way around this “banning”. If Netherrealm studios were to not include the fatalities in the Australian version of the game (have them locked on the disc) they would not be counted in the standard rating. Nether Realm could then make the fatalities DLC as Australia have almost not DLC rating system in place at all.

    This is just a theory, but it could work and give Australia a chance to get the game as it is meant to be as opposed to a butchered version of a game like Left 4 Dead 2

  • … And they wonder why video games are pirated..

    Oh well, They have no one to blame for the loss of money other than the Australian Government.

    So.. Eat me.

  • get with the times Australia MK is the best game ever we need an 18+ classification for games right now

  • Dont expect the ratings to be fixed in our lifetime.
    SA labour is replacing their exiting Premier and two others on the bench with some right wing Catholics.
    So expect S.A not to play ball next time the states meet.

  • I guess Australians will find a way to download this from steam, a legal games purchasing service or something or buy it from Ebay or something like that. Crazy that the Australians have banned this but it’s their call.

  • this fails
    im a big fan of mk and im only 13.
    i don’t see anything bad in the game its just animated and theres nothing diferent about killing eachother in mk and killing eachother in COD its just not as gory.

  • i was watching never back down on the weekend and there are scenes when they show bones breaking… how is that that much different to in a video game?

  • Our government is so corrupt that they treat us adults like children.

    It wont be long until they ban 18+ films, adult movies/magazines/toys, smokes, alcohol, install a curfew after night with the military driving down the streets ready to shoot dead anyone who breaches the ‘law’, force us to wear identical clothes, and so on….and dont laugh or insult me because it will happen…people with power will use that power and this has gone too far!

    And I thought Australia is meant to be a 1st world country???? boy was I wong!

  • was i the only one to miss the whole “mortal kombat is now banned on appeal and therefore ILLEGAL to import into australia” thing?
    hmm is it worht a possible $110 thousand dollar fine?
    i think it may be

  • I am extremely dissapointed in this decision to ban mortal combat in australia. The average age gamer in australia is 30, why should the older and more mature gamers have to suffer??

    Have a look at some of the movies they sell and rent in the shops, not to mention all the downloads of the internet. What a joke, more needs to be done about this… extremely pissed off

  • Its an absolute joke it aint getting released here & even more a kick in the face considering in the states its actualy rated M17+ not R18+ & manhunt was only rated MA15+ & released here b4 it got banned & thats almost realistic & the killings were alot more brutal, wens the government gun grow a set & realise more & more ADULTS play games these days so start making games for adults. Violence is what sell’s games, the more violent they are the more copies they’ll sell, the companys r just giving the gamers WHAT THEY WANT

  • Customs = Epic fail… I’ve heard of about ten copies getting in and haven’t heard of any getting confiscated.

  • i live in australia and they have R+18 movies
    gorier,bloodier more violent and sexual than
    anything and the govenment is banning this game because some guy in the game rips a body in half. i mean its not 1 has that much strength.also everybody check out on google and type in banned games in australia. we have the biggest list out about 50 countries. might as well live in greece or cyprus [im greek] nothing is banned there.

  • banning the game makes people wanna play it and see it even more. there are more violent games… ACB


    i bet you the people that played this and RC it they probably get death threats LOL

  • this sucks. why did you have to bloody banned it in australia.. so many bloody people were looking forward playing mortal kombat here in australia..

  • I think refusing to bring Mortal Kombat 9 to Australia is bloody stupid. I’m an Australian who needs that game so bad! I get that it’s bad for little kids to watch and play these kind of games. But my friend and I play these games all the time. Mortal Kombat V.S DC Univerce is a s***est fighting game ever made! If they un ban MK in Australia, they get more money out of it, more coplies sold and maybe get a award for the best game of the year. I know it’s a year ago siece this game came out. But this is F***ING stupid. Bring it back!

  • Ok so they can band a game where you can rip people apart but they let these movies with mass murder in to our country yea sounds reasonable… NOT >:(

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