Now this is an interesting change in developments: Australia has decided to ban the upcoming ultra-violent video game Mortal Kombat —of 'FINISH HIM!' fame— because at the moment their classification system doesn't go beyond 18+. But on the the hand, the risqué Wii game We Dare will find no objections in getting to the retail stores:
[Via Brisbane Times]: The decision to ban Mortal Kombat while giving the risqué We Dare a PG rating has revealed some interesting details about the federal government's morality on censorship. Judging by the decisions, it appears that games promoting spanking, stripping and sexual partner swapping are acceptable for children while hardcore simulated on-screen violence is strictly off-limits.
As a seasoned gamer myself, I kind of applaud Australia's decision —not the banning part mind you, censorship is always stupid— of acknowledging the hypocrisy of the modern society, which finds human anatomy and sexuality far more objectionable than filling young kids with images of gore and violence —a fact I have to deal with constantly every time I find my 8-year-old nephew sneakingly playing Assassins Creed II on my 360 console, and whenever he and his 6-year-old sister candidly admit that their parents have already let them watch movies like Gladiator *face-palm*