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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    Anthony, 9 Dec 2009 @ 12:29pm

    Brisbane

    It's totally stupid that the Attorney General in every state needs to agree to the law change. It's a disgrace that games like Modern Warfare 2 and Grand Theft Auto are edited down to the 15+ level rather than allowing in the 18+ version. Bravo on this developer not editing the game. If more developers start refusing to edit, then there might be more action on allowing 18+ games. Unfortunately the ever AG must agree law is in the consitution so the federal government can't just change the law. Maybe what the federal government should hold a referendum on changing the AG rule, then once passed the government can implement the rating.

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