Classification Board: Mortal Kombat Could Not Be Accommodated

Classification Board: Mortal Kombat Could Not Be Accommodated

Classification Board: Mortal Kombat Could Not Be AccommodatedThe Classification Board has released a statement regarding Mortal Kombat and their decision to uphold its decision to refuse the game classification.

The statement is typically vague, and doesn’t provide much detail, but it does state the following:

A four-member panel of the Classification Review Board (the Review Board) has by majority decision determined that the computer game Mortal Kombat is classified RC (Refused Classification).

In the Review Board’s opinion, Mortal Kombat could not be accommodated within the MA15+ classification as the level of violence in the game has an impact which is higher than strong. As MA15+ is the highest classification category available to computer games under the Australian Classification Scheme, the Classification Review Board must refuse classification to Mortal Kombat.

Computer games classified RC cannot be sold, hired, advertised or demonstrated in Australia.

As mentioned before it’s important to note that the Classification Board are simply operating within a set of guidelines they must abide with. If Mortal Kombat does not fall into the MA15+ category, then it must be refused classification.

You can read the entire release here.


  • I don’t like the decision, but I have to respect their stance. I appreciate the way they put it. They’re basically saying they agree it had to be rated higher but they were screwed because they couldn’t rate it the way they wanted to so it got RC’ed…

    • As much as I agree with their reasoning, it’s only going to lead to illegal imports and piracy as people refuse to abide by a decision that goes against the moral judgement of the majority.

      And that, if nothing else, ought to be one of the major considerations in the R18+ decision. By issuing an RC to quality games that the Aussie public wish to play, instead of being able to classify it properly in line with the ethical and moral judgement of the majority of the population as displayed repeatedly in polls and in parliament, the classification board are promoting crime here in Australia.

      • To say they’re promoting crime is a bold and inaccurate statement. To say they’re backed into a corner and operating with limited means now that they themselves set up, is a more accurate one. To say that these actions result in crime happening and the loss of business in australia, is a more accurate representation.

        Crime is always the responsibility of the individual to commit. It’s not the fault of the board if you choose to pirate or import, it’s your choice. I mean, I’m going to, it’s my choice. I blame a broken ratings system, but I’m not angry at them, I’m angry at a defunct, broken system rather than the people. Everyone knows it has to change, even them, its just time now, time til it happens.

  • I doubt anyone seriously expected the appeal to get through.

    If the appeal failed, it shows that the system is broken because perfectly acceptable games are banned due to the lack of foresight by those who designed the system.

    If the appeal succeeded, it shows that (yet again) games that should categorically not be included in the MA15+ rating are being forced there due to a lack of other options. That weakens the authority of the board as it shows that the existing ratings do not truly represent what they claim they do.

    So from the board’s perspective, having the appeal succeed makes them look worse than having it fail. With such a high profile title, someone was going to look bad and the Classification Board went with the option that alleviated them of blame.

  • Fact is, if it was rated MA15+, our system would be more broken than if it wasn’t. They made the right choice with the rating they’ve been given.

    I’ll be importing!

    • No… you certainly can’t download a demo of a RC game, they would get their arses kicked if they made the Demo available in Australia…

      That said you can just download the demo from overseas PSN and away you go 🙂

  • Story title should have been:

    Klassification Board: Mortal Kombat Kould Not Be Akkommodated – Fatality!

    Okay, maybe that’s a little too much

    • Thats actually a bad reference point, those games are not as violent as the new MK. A better example is the latest AVP game.

    • because at no point in Call of duty or battlefield do you beat the living snot out of someone to the point that they have been defeated and then decide to pick there body up and rip it into 2 pieces

      The fact that the fatality’s are there but aren’t how fights are always end, gives them a gratuitous violence feeling.

      I think that if in the context of the game the only way to defeat any enemy it would have been allowed within context.

      Blood coming out of a person because they were shot makes sense.

      But it is however the reason that no russian was taken issue with, because in that case it was senseless slaughter of civilians at the start.

      most of the time it’s gonna come down to context.
      is there a reason for this to happen or is it just there because the fans like it

      so you look at L4D2, Your killing infected humans, infected as opposed to zombies means they could be cured which means your killing what are essentially innocent humans by hacking there limbs off

      AvP, is there a reason for the heads to be eaten or ripped off, yes because it’s been established in the movies that the alien frequently eats brains like that. And part of the predators culture is to recover trophy’s of it’s kills in the form of skulls and theres only about 3 ways to get a skull and none of them are pretty

      • Yes, but in Call of Duty you also put shards of glass in a persons mouth, and then proceed to punch him whilst his gob becomes a bloody mess…Comparable I think.

  • Wait!! we are allowed to import? I thought the law in Australia is that we are not able to import Mortal Kombat???

    • Technically, importing RC material is an offense. So you’re playing a lottery and taking a risk as to whether customs catch you or not.

    • There are laws surrounding the ownership of RC content and the importation of such content. However, no one can stop you from going to a website of your choice and purchasing a game that is RC in this country. The only way that you won’t get your game is if it gets picked up by customs and they destroy it. There is very little chance of that happening. Most sites will ship the game to you without stating on the shipping label what the exact name of the game is. Customs have better things to do then look for videogames that have been rated RC in this country.

  • No, technically you are not allowed to import this game. But do you think customers officers would have the knowledge or care factor to stop it getting through?!

    I’ll be importing this game if it gets good reviews. I hope it’s not another Aliens vs Predator banned over hyped piece of garbage.

    • Yes they do. It’s very easy to check the game on a database. There are (admittedly second hand) accounts of games being intercepted and even rumours of people getting fined.

      Thought you’d like to know.

  • I am dissapointed about the decision but i cant feel bad because the ACB were only doint their job and it it obvious that Mortal Kombat isnt suitable for 15 year olds.

  • If we do get a R18+ later this year-apparently even RC games like MK won’t be able to be resubmitted.

    Even with WBIE’s game now RC, a EA released MK did come out here with a “17+” Apple rating (which goes to show iOS mk games can make it through, but console ones don’t).

  • I know they haven’t released the full details yet, but here’s what annoys me the most about this. The lack of transparency. We have no idea exactly why this game was essentially banned, there isn’t any course of action the general public can take to intervene in this decision, yet it effects every person in this country. This is much worse then banning a game.

  • If anyone is going to import, do it from Zavvi, their game prices are HELLA cheap compared to here (I get most of my new releases for sub $50AUD from them).

    Hopefully this means that people will realise that buying games locally is a farce and that they’re paying twice as much as they should or they need too. Get the game from Zavvi PPL. Free shipping as well!

  • Did anyone else notice the “Majority decision”? So it sounds like 1 person out of 4 wanted it in. Also, why does a majority decision work for this, but not getting an R rating put into place?

  • I understand why the can’t say “We would have liked to give this game an R18+ Rating but none is available.”

    It might actually put pressure on the people who are dragging their feet on this issue.

    From what I understand, Mortal Kombat doesn’t automatically get an R rating if we suddenly got one in June. But WBIE could re-submit Mortal Kombat after the rating comes in to get it classified again.

    Now it costs quite a bit of money for this game to be classified, and than the appeal now your asking them to do it again after we all purchased imports? I don’t think it will be worth it.

    As for people talking about Demos, Demo is short for Demonstration

    Quoting the grey box above: “Computer games classified RC cannot be sold, hired, advertised or demonstrated in Australia.”

    Although I don’t see them saying can’t be imported.

  • Once again those in power tell us what we can do in the private of our own homes….then slime off into their dens to paruse their r+18 kiddy porn. Not that id ever play mortal kombat…a game designed purely for those incapable of thought process

  • Not a problem at all. Thankfully the PS3 is regionfree and importing isn’t a problem. I import many of my games and will be doing the same with MK. And will save money! OFLC can suck on it! I will be enjoying MK!

  • “… Computer games classified RC cannot be sold, hired, advertised or demonstrated in Australia.”

    Does this mean it is ok to import? Bought from overseas, not advertised here, not rented or indeed no demo for PSN/Xbox live… but you can import and play it? Anyone buying from overseas will have a Credit Card and therefore be over 18. Is it illegal to import or not?

  • not the reviewers fault, just doing what they feel is right cant blame them for that.
    i would feel a bit guilty too if i allowed this game to be brought and played by 15 year olds.
    retarded goverment and classification system is at fault here.

  • Question…
    Will they need to change the classification of the previous versions of mortal kombat? because lets face it, those games also graphically show decapitation, tearing of torsos and generally painful looking fatalities?
    If the reasoning put forth relating to the latest incarnation being refused classification, how is it the previous versions made it in?
    Anyone with a bee in thier bonnet?


  • It’s entirely possible that they’re doing this to help provoke change. I’d be more impressed if they threw down the gauntlet and rated it R18+ “even though the rating doesn’t exist.”

  • i am so sick of our county banning games. This is just getting ridiculous. I now refuse to buy videogames here until we get a R18+ rating in australia. I will be sending my hard earned cash elsewhere.Amazon will be getting all my buisness from now on until our government realizes that adults play videogames too not just children.

  • Remember how Sony Australia lost a law suit regarding mod chipping of Playstation hardware a few years ago. The ACCC argued that the region coding was “an artificial trade barrier that unfairly blocked consumers’ access to games from other markets which are often cheaper” (from 09/11/2005).

    Could it not be argued that the refusal to [correctly] classify or allow the game to be imported creates a barrier that unfairly blocks [adult] consumers access to games from other markets?

    With the PS3 being region free, this would certainly seem to be the case.

  • someone should make a mortal kombat tournament with the people that keep ruining games for australians please pull your heads in and give australia an r18+ rating you dingbats i find it extremely biased banning something like that how can these people decide for our people are we supposed to be a sheltered country hell we cant even have bloody guns to protect ourselves what happens if theres invasion are we gonna fight the attackers off with our kitchen knives and our kids cap guns jeese.

  • why is ti that we can watch dvd that are more violent and more bloody then eny game can be but yet I remember when I was 12 or 13 and I went5 to the dvd store and got a R18video at the time and thay said nothing but yet at over 18 I cant choose for my self if I wont to play this you take my rites away how dear you make my mind up for me just because you don’t wont to play them or go near them do sent give you the right to do that this country that I pay your wage tells me that I cant play this I we are your BOSS as tax payers don’t tell me what I can and cant do we pay you you don’t pay me fix the ratings every country has the R18 but us as your boss we wont the ratings change know and let us have something don;t take every thing away give us that you take every thing from us all the time and as your boss do some thing about it we had a vote a not long a go or when ever 95% wear for it but you did nothing eny way change it this country is backwards this country sux

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