Aliens vs Censors

Remark­ably, the Aus­tralian Clas­si­fi­ca­tion (i.e. ‘cen­sor­ship’) Board has man­aged to do it to them­selves. They have ‘banned’, a com­put­er-con­sole game that has been passed­with­out cuts in the USA and UK, appar­ent­ly because it con­tains the same hor­ror fan­tasies that were explic­it in the cult movies from which they derive

The game con­tains first-per­son per­spec­tive, close-up depic­tions of human char­ac­ters being sub­ject­ed to var­i­ous types of vio­lence, includ­ing explic­it decap­i­ta­tion and dis­mem­ber­ment as well as loca­tion­al dam­age such as stab­bing through the chest, mouth, throat, or eyes.” Extract from Aliens vs. Preda­tor in Aus­tralia

Aus­tralian adults (over 18) must be allowed to see and read and think what they wish (includ­ing thoughts about the exot­ic impale­ment of the Cen­sors). No oth­er stan­dard should be tol­er­at­ed in a mod­ern, open soci­ety. The Cen­sor­ship Board is an ene­my of such soci­ety in Aus­tralia. It should be shut-down.

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