I think that probably most people here in the US know that one of the oldest classic video games around is “Mortal Kombat”.  Many also know about and eagerly anticipate a modern remake of the classic game.  However if you live in Australia you’re out of luck because it’s been banned.  (Here’s a PDF of the Australian Content Classification board’s decision.)

Essentially they’ve decided that the game’s violence level is too high.  The thing is, if they had a R18+ rating it wouldn’t have to be banned but of course they don’t and apparently they’re not interested in creating one.

As to the game’s violence, I will admit that in the world of Mortak Kombat, if your name is not Liu Kang, Johnny Cage, Sonya Blade, or Raiden then your life insurance rates are going to be sky high to say the very least.  This is especially true when you have to face opponents like Reptile, Shang Tsung, Scorpion, Sub-Zero, Prince Goro, or Shao Kahn.

Honestly though I can’t help thinking it wouldn’t hurt if the Australian powers that be would go ahead and create that R18+ rating because in spite of everything, Mortal Kombat just isn’t that bad.  Heck, compared to things like GTA it’s downright tame

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