Aliens vs. Predator now MA 15+ in Australia

The Classification Review Board’s meeting on whether or not to reverse the decision on SEGA and Rebellion’s Aliens vs. Predator has resulted in a reversal of the previous decision to refuse classification, which had effectively banned the game from Australia.

Whether or not the decision was influenced by the rising pressure to implement an R 18+ rating for video games in Australia is questionable. The official statement, which notes that the decision was unanimous among the three-person panel, notes that “Computer games classified MA 15+ are not suitable for persons under 15 years of age. MA 15+ computer games are legally restricted.” This means that these titles are not suitable for children, which is a reason some have given for not having an R 18+ rating.

They further justify their decision: “In the Review Board’s opinion the violence depicted in the game can be accommodated within the MA 15+ category as the violent scenes are not prolonged and are interspersed with longer non violent sequences. The violence is fantastical in nature and justified by the context of the game, set in a futuristic science-fiction world, inhabited by aliens and predators. This context serves to lessen
its impact. The more contentious violence is randomly generated and is not dependent on player selection of specific moves.”

[Classification Review Board via @dr_nic]

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