Singapore Okays GTA IV Expansion’s Full Frontal

Government censors in Singapore have cleared Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned, despite the game’s well-publicized snippet of male nudity.

The Straits Times reports that Singapore’s Media Development Authority reviewed the game:

Mr Ernest Khoo, head of video games and media content at MDA, said that whether full-frontal male nudity is allowed depends on the context in which it occurs.

In this expansion pack, he said, the depiction is ‘non-sexual and can hence fall within the M18 rating’, which is also the rating given to the original GTA IV. He added that with the M18 rating, only those 18 years old and above will be buying the game and its expansion pack.

Going by the video game classification system MDA introduced last year, games for online download do not need to be sent for classification before sale here.

Okaying GTA IV L&D is another indication that Singapore has loosened its approach to game content since briefly banning Mass Effect in 2007.

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    hayabusa75 says:

    I seem to be saying this a lot these days, but what are you talking about?  It has nothing to do with whether guys find it appealing.  It’s all about the context of the situation.  The male nudity in GTA IV isn’t part of a sex scene…the partial nudity in Mass Effect was, so it got banned.  Even then, they reversed their decision after the BFC reviewed it.

    Try reading the articles through next time instead of rushing just so you can post another facepalm.

    "There is no sin except stupidity." – Oscar Wilde

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    Shadow D. Darkman says:

    *gasp* Those bastards!


    TBH, it’s no surprise. Trust them not to get all butthurt over a naked guy, since they obviously think guys won’t fap to it (obviously oblivious to the gay part of the male population), but to demand the game pulled or edited when it’s a girl being shown in full glory.




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    PushDustIn says:

    Good news for Rockstar, and freedom of speech in video games.

    I think if the expansion pack was sold it stores it would cause a lot more controversy. With the exception of Xbox Live MS point cards, people need credit cards to buy this add on, and that means asking an adult or having your own (Which means you are 18 years old anyway…[Most of the time anyway]).

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    TK n Happy Ness says:

    I don’t get why people are complaining. It’s not like male gamers haven’t seen a dick before. Hell, even the female gamers probably had a few inside them.

    When Jack Thompson runs his mouth, does anyone really care what he has to say anymore?

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    Kris says:

    You know…..  Mostly guys play the GTA games, yeah?  So I don’t really think it matters if they see something they see multiple times a day on themselves anyway.

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    gonzlamm says:

    "He added that with the M18 rating, only those 18 years old and above will be buying the game and expansion pack." it would seem singapore is more level headed than the states 😉

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