Cliffy B: Aussies Deserve to Play Gears of War 3
Australia’s government is not shy at all about outright banning video games it deems excessively violent. Mortal Kombat (2011) was recently banned down under, for instance.
The problem is Australia’s rating system for video games, which has no classification above “R15.” Any especially violent game that would in theory receive a “R18″ is simply not given a rating, and banned from sale.
This issue came up at E3 during an interview I attended with Cliff Bleszinski. Here’s what he said about Gears of War 3 coming out in Australia.
Q: With all the violence in Gears of War 3, do you think it’ll be released in Australia?
Cliff Bleszinski: “I hope so. I find it to be a shame whenever a goverment basically tells its people what they can and can’t consume. Yes, it’s a violent game. But it’s not like a guy in a Yankees jersey knifing someone on Flatbush Avenue. It’s space marines that are very buff, beating down lizard men. With that in mind, I really hope to see it released in Australia.”
First, imagine this on gigantic marketing posters for Gears of War 3: “Space Marines. Buff. Beating Down Lizard Men.”
Second, and this is good news: this whole issue might get a lot better in Australia soon, since the government recently revealed plans for an “R18+” classification.
I think it’s safe to assume that Gears of War 3 will come out in Australia anyway, though, since no past Gears of War game has ever been banned there. As long as there’s no Lizard Men fellatio, I think we’re good.
Stay tuned for the full interview with Cliff Bleszinski