As we previously mentioned in this weeks podcast, the team here at Capsule Computers are all greatly disappointed in the banning of the latest title in the Mortal Kombat franchise down under. However some unexpected good has come out of the situation, bringing an age-old issue into the light all over the country, as well as all over the globe. The ratings system here in Australia is unfair and outdated, a relic of the ancient past. While Warner Brothers are seeking an appeal and doing their best to get the game down here, many have realised we shouldn’t have to miss out on great games like Postal 2 (2003), Manhunt(2003) and Mortal Kombat (2011) or settle for censored games such as Left 4 Dead 2(2009) and The Getaway(2002). We deserve the right to play the same game many other countries have worldwide and unfairly have to stick with censored content.
You see the problem is video games down here are still not respected as a form of art a such as paintings and film, but rather seen as children’s toys, games like Monopoly and Scrabble which should be fun for the whole family. The classification board needs to understand that there is a large mature audience for this material and we deserve the right to this content.
Founder/Director of Capsule Computers Phillp Federico aka: MasterAbbott on this weeks Capsule Computers Podcast spoke on the subject:
Hopefully we can get this R18+ thing happening, because in my opinion it is the most logical way of doing things…There’s a big sign when you walk into a bar that says ‘we’re not allowed to serve drinks to minors who are not over 18. If you are, or whatever, we would like to see ID first. If you don’t show us ID and we serve you a drink, we will cop a fine!’ Now how hard is it to do something like that? Just go into Gamestop, go into EB Games, go anywhere, big sign there that says ’18+, blah blah blah if you wanna buy this game, you gotta show us your ID, are you over 18? There you go. Buy the game walk away’….and that’s what I think we should be doing, and I think hopefully fingers crossed I would pray in the next year this will happen and everyone will live happily ever after.
All over the internet many gamers are expressing similar views as well. Even if Mortal Kombat does make it to Australian shores, how long will it be till the next game is threatened? Gamers, we must rally together and fight for this cause. There is the official Capsule Computers petition below for everyone worldwide to sign to fight for the respect mature video games deserve.
Sign the petition here and help us influence video game history. Tweet the link and post it as your facebook status, together we can help make a change for the future of video games down under.
PLEASE NOTE: When signing the petition, please DO NOT swear, it’ll only weaken our argument and damage it. In order for this to be effective, we need to PROVE that mature video gamers are in fact mature and are respectable and intelligent individuals, worthy and deserving of having this ban lifted. Thank you all, and please tell your friends to help us fight for this nobel cause!