Australian gamers are grinning into their Friday nights drinks this week, with the news that Aliens vs. Predator has officially been unbanned in their country.
The Classifications Review Board today announced their decision to give the game a mature accompanied rating (MA15+ – “not suitable for persons under 15”). The decision is based on the original game, with no modifications, deletions or other changes to the content.
Here’s the official word from Sega Australia‘s Managing Director, Darren Macbeth, proving that Christmas miracles really do happen:
“It is with great pleasure that we announce the success of our appeal. We are particularly proud that the game will be released in its original entirety, with no content altered or removed whatsoever. This is a big win for Australian gamers. We applaud the Classification Review Board on making a decision that clearly considers the context of the game, and is in line with the modern expectations of reasonable Australians.”
Understandable, everybody’s a little bit chuffed, the game can go back on your Christmas lists, and gamers around Australia can spend their holidays shooting extraterrestrial creatures like the rest of the world.
But really: Re-read the reasons why AvP was banned in the first place. Is that the sort of thing we want 15 year olds to be playing? The game’s been given an 18+ rating in the UK, and is looking at narrowly avoiding the dreaded Adults Only rating in the US (thanks to some pretty gory “trophy kills”).
Looking at the information we have available to us, Australian gamers may well be the youngest in the world who are legally able to play Aliens vs. Predator, just like they’re the youngest who can log onto Modern Warfare 2 and blow up civilians.
Won’t somebody think of the children?