Game Developer Won't Edit 'Aliens vs. Predator' To Appease Australian Censors

from the it's-for-adults dept

Rose M. Welch alerts us to the news that game developer Rebellion has decided not to resubmit an edited version of its game Aliens vs. Predator after it was rejected by the Australian Classification Board for being too violent. The company stated that it agrees the game is not suitable for children:
"We agree strongly that our game is not suitable for game players who are not adults... it is bloody and frightening, that was our intent."
But Australia apparently doesn't have an option for such "mature" content, and Rebellion seems to recognize how ridiculous that is:
"We will not be releasing a sanitized or cut down version for territories where adults are not considered by their governments to be able to make their own entertainment choices."
Hopefully, things like this will make Australia reconsider its censorship of such content.

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    Frosty840, 9 Dec 2009 @ 5:37am

    The outright daft thing is that Michael Atknison's stance on clamping down on 18-rated games has caused games rated as 18+ in other countries to be rated 15+ in Australia, making them more easily available to children, while the banned games are disproportionately kept out of the hands of actual adults.

    A nicely counterproductive policy there, I'm sure you'll agree.

    Can't remember if Mike linked this at the time, but here's a link to one of the stories surrounding the hilariously ill-informed standard reply letter sent to people who question this censorship: ship-letter-aussie-gamer

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