Australian customs on the lookout for Mortal Kombat imports
- Posted March 15th, 2011 at 09:31 EDT by Matt Raspe
- 19 Comments
More bad news for Australian Mortal Kombat fans has emerged today, as local authorities proceed to tighten the grip on would-be importers of the NetherRealm-developed brawler.
According to customs, any attempt to import Mortal Kombat is considered illegal as it would be in direct breach of the Australian Customs Regulations 1956. Games that have been refused classification are illegal to sell or promote in the country, which means that Mortal Kombat is pretty much a no-no for Australian gamers.
Chatting with GameSpot AU earlier today, a spokesperson for Australian customs said, "As Mortal Kombat has been refused classification in Australia it is considered objectionable material. It is therefore a prohibited good, and illegal to import into Australia,"
"Any copies of the games detected at the border, including via international mail, will be seized."
The spokesperson noted that anyone caught trying to import refused classification games into Australia could be fined up to three times the value of the product in question, or $110,000 Australian dollars.
As of yet there has been no word from Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment Australia regarding these latest developments, although it is likely the company is just as frustrated as fellow MK fans.
WBIE Australia recently submitted an appeal to the Australian Classification Board which ultimately proved unsuccessful, with the ACB standing firmly behind their original decision to refuse classification for Mortal Kombat.
If you would like to see what else is considered a prohibited import in Australia, then click here.
- 5:40am EDT - March 15th, 2011
How can a country knowling do something so stupid and yet spend SO MUCH money on it? Spend millions of dollars to prevent games that won't harm anyone instead of bringing in revenue for games that people enjoy.
- 5:49am EDT - March 15th, 2011
It is a form of entertainment. Yes, it has violence, but it isn't even that realistic. Honestly Australia, don't be such a bunch of p&88ys.
Matt | hyp3rstrike_
- 5:55am EDT - March 15th, 2011
@Comment #2 - To be fair, it isn't the Australian citizens that are doing this - it is the censorship ministers, and members of government.
- 5:58am EDT - March 15th, 2011
Step 1) Buy a US/Japan/NZ/Euro PSN card Step 2) Download Mortal Kombat Step 3) Profit
- 6:34am EDT - March 15th, 2011
Christ! The aussie government really needs to sort itself out and stop treating adults like children.
I read yesterday that they are refusing 18+ certificate! How sad....
- 8:07am EDT - March 15th, 2011
This is ridiculous.
- 8:30am EDT - March 15th, 2011
- 9:01am EDT - March 15th, 2011
OMG, they really don't want MK in Australia. To do something like this, this means they are really serious about not letting anyone play this game.
- 9:10am EDT - March 15th, 2011
For the sake of Australian gamers, I sincerely hope that they\\\'re able to vote some of these puritanical nimrods out of office in the next election(s).
- 10:04am EDT - March 15th, 2011
WWOD(What would Obama Do)
- 10:16am EDT - March 15th, 2011
Australia must be a really safe and crime free country if they can waste all that money keeping people from playing a game. If anyone wants a copy of the game we can set something up where I send it to you in a Motorstorm case. lol
- 4:32pm EDT - March 15th, 2011
I don't know why Aussies just don't move to America or the UK. Mortal KombatK is legal here ^^
We have porn, violent (uncensored games), Duke Nukem, the list goes on all legal and available to but, by adults oh wait there are no adults in Australia my bad lol
- 9:03pm EDT - March 15th, 2011
All you that are bagging Australia need to settle down. I am an Australian, and I would much rather live here than the US or the UK, who cares about a video game. And yes, the crime here is way less a problem than the US or UK. Yes the game was banned here, we have too many old people in positions of power. People have tried to get the R18+ classification but the only politicians that have taken up the cause have been people that had no chance of winning anyway and were trying for the youth vote. I have no problem importing the game if that what I choose to to, there is no chance they can open every bit of mail looking for a game. Calling Australians kitty names because the government banned something is the same as calling all you Americans murderers because your government bombs civilians for oil. Pointless and ignorant yes?? Anyway the game looks great, and Ill be getting it from eBay.
- 9:49pm EDT - March 15th, 2011
my fiance lives in the US, will be moving there in july. but will be gettin her to pop into gamestop and buyin it for me while she prints off a fake cover and cling wraps the case :D easy peasy
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- 2:39pm EDT - March 16th, 2011
dammit, living in australia blows! where I live I don't have to worry about that kind of stuff, thanks god we don't have that kind of censorship here
the only way I see for australians to be able to play the game it's hacking their ps3s, then download mortal kombat from the internet and install it on their ps3s hard drives; that way australian goverment it's only encouraging gamers to go illegal, making something legal everywhere else illegal
btw, didn't they say australia was founded by thefts and prisoners? why so puritan now?
- 11:12am EDT - March 20th, 2011
wow, austrailian government obviously never played mk...
- 9:35am EDT - March 27th, 2011
i'm an Australian and i have to say i'm starting to hate australia more and more
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