Sega Wins Australia Appeal, Aliens vs. Predator Rated
If you don't like a decision, appeal. If you've got enough force behind it - and right is on your side - you might get the reversal you desire.
Luckily for Sega and Rebellion, Australia's Classification Review Board has decided to reverse their earlier decision, which involved not handing out a rating to Aliens vs. Predator. Essentially, this means the game is banned from the country because retailers can't sell unrated products. The real snafu was that Australia Attorney General Michael Atkinson apparently has the power to make this decision by himself, a fact Australia's IGEA didn't exactly agree with; you may remember our previous report. To top it all off, Rebellion and Sega said they wouldn't be censoring a damn thing in the game, and decided instead to pursue an appeal. Well, they got it; the game will carry an expected MA15+ rating and here's what Darren Macbeth of Sega Australia had to say:
"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."
"Reasonable Australians." Gotta love that. Anyway, I believe justice has been served on this issue; if you're allowing the unbelievable filth that some movies portray, you had best allow this. Otherwise, all you're doing is feeding into the intensely annoying and archaic stereotype that gaming is still just for kids. Yeah, 1987 is that way, Mr. Atkinson. Too bad, but Aliens vs. Predator will be on store shelves in your country in February.
Related Game(s): Aliens vs. Predator
12/18/2009 9:06:59 PM John Shepard