Mortal Kombat 2011: Australian Government Refuses Classification

By Tina Chubb - Feb 26, 2011

Australian gamers have been delivered a bit of a blow in regards to the release of the much awaited Mortal Kombat 2011 game, after they discovered that the upcoming fighting game was being banned from the shelves of Australian stores.

According to an article by Damian Antony Seeto over at, the Australian Classification Board has recently decided to refuse classification on the Mortal Kombat title, stating that the material is far too violent for the current MA15+ maximum rating.

However, Australian gamers are still legally able to import the Mortal Kombat 2011 game, so there is a chance that fans can still play the upcoming title. As an article at notes, MK9 contains over 60 death scenes including graphic images of dismemberment / decapitation.

Bill Geradts – organizer of the Armageddon Expo gaming festival – spoke about the recent ban and said that many consumers are unhappy with the decision. Geradts noted that as adults, they feel that the decision should be theirs to make as to whether or not a game is too violent.

Do you think the game should have been banned in Australia? We’d be interested in hearing your thoughts.

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  • jake

    i know its fucking bullshit, they have it under border patrol watch now, instead of making sure no mortal kombat games reach the shores of australia they should be watching for drugs, its just a fucking game, ACB needs to grow some balls and get over themselves

  • Tobias

    Bulls%#t! why does every other country in the world what they want but when it comes to Australia we're the last. The last time I checked this was a free country. And being of legal age to purchase and view R18+ movies should be the same for video games…movies seem more real than video games. THE GAME IS ANIMATED!!!

  • painsey

    What the hell is the point of this, i mean do these idiots think the world will be a safer place if this game isnt played by Australians , its funny that when these idiots complain about a game being contraversal then the game becomes a massive hit and then the idiots complain that its become a hit, the best advertising for violent games is idiots who complain asbout the game

  • Sub-Zero

    Come on we have loads of games that include dismemberment like world at war you can blow holes in them and even the rest of the mortal kombats and god of war. The R18 shit can go straight to fucking hell. If you let your kid play the game who gives.

  • Adrian

    NO! Absolutely NOT!
    Considering that God of War made it through fine and depicts some pretty disturbing, if not the same, kind of imagery! This is a total shock! Australia loses money because I will be getting from the UK! Complete idiots! Backward idiots. Should have stayed in London and not come home.

    • Guest

      Exactly! God of War showed Kratos gouging Poseidon's eyes out and thats not to graphic. Why would dismemberment be any worse.