The Australian Office of Film and Literature Classification (OFLC) has banned Activision's forthcoming PS3 and Xbox 360 shooter, Soldier of Fortune: Pay Back
for being, 'too violent'.
Just when you were thinking that the UK had some daft ratings systems - with the BBFC able to censor Manhunt 2
right off the shelves - things get even more stupid in 'the Lucky Country'. Australian game ratings stop dead at MA15+. There is no Restricted (R) rating.
Bear in mind that the Interactive Entertainment Association of Australia (IEAA) states that the average Australian gamer is 28, and over 50 per cent of gamers are over the age of 18.
The Sydney Morning Herald reports that, "Blitz: The League
, BMX XXX
, Reservoir Dogs
and 50 Cent: Bullet Proof
are just a few recent titles the OFLC has prohibited.
"The latest to be banned was Blitz in January because, according to former chief censor Des Clark, it "contains drug use related to incentives or rewards"
"In its board report on Soldier of Fortune: Pay Back, dated October 16, the OFLC said frequent high impact violence made the game unsuitable for those aged under 18 years.
"Successfully shooting an opponent results in the depiction of blood spray," the board said.
"When the enemy is shot from close range, the blood spray is substantial, especially when a high-caliber weapon is used, and blood splatters onto the ground and walls in the environment.
"The player may target various limbs of the opponents and this can result in the limb being dismembered.
"Large amounts of blood spray forth from the stump with the opponent sometimes remaining alive before eventually dying from the wounds."
Let's hope that if someone brings out Nurse of Fortune: No Pay At All
the blood and death won't send the Australian authorities mad with lust... Source: Sydney Morning Herald