Silent Hill: Homecoming banned in Australia

Horror thriller to possibly be modified for Australian release.

The upcoming video game Silent Hill: Homecoming has been refused a rating by the Office of Film and Literature Classification (OFLC), preventing its release within Australia.

Silent Hill: Homecoming is the sixth title in the horror action series, which started in 1999 and included a 2006 movie release.

Gamespot Australia has reported that a spokesman for the game’s local distributor Atari Entertainment said the OFLC refused the game classification based on representations of violence.

The OFLC report includes references to graphic elements such as dismemberment, decapitation, torture and blood spray. There is no information available on the advisory board’s Web site regarding the reasoning behind specific classifications.

The debate over Australia’s lack of an adult rating for video games has been reignited by the verdict, following a decision in August to reject classification of the post-apocalyptic role-playing game Fallout 3. A modified version of Fallout 3 was subsequently given an MA15+ rating. The smash hit Grand Theft Auto IV also required modification before being offered for sale in Australia. People importing unmodified versions were at risk of being fined up to $110,000, according to the Australian Customs Service.

A study sponsored by the Interactive Entertainment Association of Australia last year found that the median age for gamers was 28, and that the governmental decision to exclude an R18+ classification was “based on incorrect assumptions”. The study recommended a full range of classification ratings be introduced in order to bring Australia “into alignment” with the rest of the world.

Atari Entertainment and the game’s developer, Konami, are set to discuss possible modifications of the game in order to secure an Australian release, but the process would mean the title would not make its original November release date. Gamespot Australia reported Atari’s spokesman as suggesting the release would be “on the backburner until early next year”.

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.
Campbell Simpson

Campbell Simpson

Good Gear Guide
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

George Khoury

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic

David Coyle

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

I rate the printer as a 5 out of 5 stars as it has been able to fit seamlessly into my busy and mobile lifestyle.

Kurt Hegetschweiler

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

It’s perfect for mobile workers. Just take it out — it’s small enough to sit anywhere — turn it on, load a sheet of paper, and start printing.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?