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.