The new Mortal Kombat has been stamped "refused" by the Australian Classification Board and will not be sold in the country (legally anyways -- I'll be selling them on eBay and shipping them there like there's no tomorrow). The decision was made in part due to the realistically rendered violence in the game, with a specific nod to the 'fatalities'. FINIIIIIIIIIIISH HIM!
Much to the chagrin of the games industry, Australia does not have an R18+ rating for games so any game that is found to be unsuitable for 15 year olds is automatically banned from sale.
Meanwhile, the upcoming Nintendo Wii and PS3 game We Dare is due for release in Australia on March 3 and has been rated PG by the Classification Board. The box promises "flirty fun for all", above an image of a plush pink chair draped in lingerie and padded handcuffs.
The game has caused an uproar amongst British tabloids which quoted parents accusing it of promoting orgies and lesbian sex to kids as young as 12.
The couples, who mix and match partners, are later shown performing a striptease, which is also featured as part of the game. The game also aludes to group sex and pole dancing in its 35 "fun and flirtatious" mini-games.
It appears that Ubisoft has exploited a loophole in classification guidelines as although the game encourages players to undertake risque behaviour in their living rooms, graphic sexual depictions and nudity are not shown on the screen in the game itself.
*preorders sex game* What?! I knew I got this Wii for a reason. "I thought it was for the new Zelda". Haha, it was. This is just an added, kinky bonus. *reading game description* DAMMIT WHAT IF I DON'T HAVE 'TWO OR MORE PLAYERS'?. *eying cat*
Highly questionable commercial for the sex game after the jump.
Thanks to Joshimitsu, who doesn't need the new Mortal Kombat because he started his own Australian fight club. Thanks for the invite bro, but blood makes me queasy. Plus I don't want the LOST island to suck my plane down on the way there.