No, a Smaller Screen Does Not Mean you can Release a Banned Video Game

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Last year's Mortal Kombat reboot was never released on console in Australia, because it exceeded the country's MA15+ rating. Without an adults-only rating Down Under, the game couldn't be put on shelves.

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With the game getting a later release on the PlayStation Vita, though, publishers Warner Bros. figured they'd try their luck and re-submit Mortal Kombat for classification. They didn't make any changes to the title's violence, mind you. They just hit the re-submit button.

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"Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment submitted Mortal Kombat Vita for classification to the Australian Classification Board as we believed that the smaller screen of the PlayStation Vita greatly reduced the impact of violence.", the publisher told Kotaku Australia in a statement.

"This view was not shared by the Australian Classification Board and as such has been refused classification in Australia."

Hilarious.

Mortal Kombat Has Been Refused Classification For The Third Time [Kotaku Australia]

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I thought that Australia was finally fixing this?

I really do feel bad for people in Australia/Germany/other places who have problems with stupid censorship.

Although it was hilarious back a couple of years ago when they updated CS:S and a bunch of USA people got the censored German version by accident. In my friend's copy, instead of blood shooting out and the bodies going ragdoll, when you "killed" people they put their hands up and laid down to surrender XD