The Australian government refuses to give Mortal Kombat an age rating, keeping the violent video game out of the hands of grown adults. Despite last year's rejection, Warner Bros. Games made an attempt to get a rating for PlayStation Vita version of the game. This attempt failed.
Because of how Australian law works, no video game can be sold without a rating from the government-run Australian Classification Board, the highest rating being MA-15+ for games. WB was banking on smaller screen would make MK's trademark violence look not as bad as it does the home console versions. All it got was a big fat RC (Refused Classification), which means that no store in Australia can sell the game.
The thought process on thinking MK on the PS Vita would not be banned in Australia because it was on the Vita is very delusional. But the lack of a 17 or 18 rating in Australia is really dumb. Grown-ups play video games just as much as kids (perhaps more). The fact that MK is banned and movies with much more violence and sex are not is a double standard. This needs to be corrected.
Since its first release in the early 1990's, Mortal Kombat has created both controversy and cash. The Australian government's worry about the violence is fair but making it so that grown people can't play it is not.