Sexy Poker WiiWare Title Banned Down Under

May 26, 2009 -

GameSpot Australia reports that government censors have banned Sexy Poker, a WiiWare title for Nintendo's popular console.

The game is apparently a strip poker affair in which A.I.-controled female opponents shed clothing when the player wins a hand. In refusing the game a rating, Australia's Classification Board said in a statement:

In the Board’s view Sexy Poker offers depictions of nudity as an incentive or reward to interactive game play. In the Board’s view, the general rule in the Guidelines for the Classification of Films and Computer Games prohibiting depictions of nudity as an incentive or reward, applies to the game play described above, as the player is shown increasingly detailed amounts of nudity following successful game-play

In the view of the Board, the impact of the game exceeds strong as except in material restricted to adults, nudity and sexual activity must not be related to incentives or rewards. As such the game cannot be accommodated in a MA15+ classification.

The MA15+ classification is currently Australia's highest, although many Down Under believe an 18+ rating is necessary to accomodate the increase in mature content in games.

Joystiq reported last month that Sexy Poker was originally developed as a mobile phone title but is being readied as downloadable WiiWare. It is unclear which regions will be able to access the game, although GoNintendo reports that the game will be released in the European market.

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Re: Sexy Poker WiiWare Title Banned Down Under

A nanny state and former colony of another nanny state.

ZAR.

 

Re: Sexy Poker WiiWare Title Banned Down Under

I'm an Aussie and my god, this latest game ban is just straight out humiliating. It speaks of true, undeniable hypocrisy and lack of logic.

Why is it against the rules to use nudity as an incentive/reward, yet blowing innocent peoples heads and limbs off for experience points and loot in Fallout3 is OK for 15 year olds? It doesn't make the slighest bit of sense. What about Playboy: The Mansion also? It was released uncut in Australia and enables the player to unlock real-life nude shots of woman as REWARDS. Yet another blatant inconsistent decision by the OFLC. I can't understand how nudity in a video game is somehow worse than actually playing strip poker (which is legal of course), or viewing an unrestricted softcore Penthouse magazine which is available to people UNDER the age of 15. Why is it that simply because it's in video game form, politicans suddenly assume it's going to corrupt the population? What sense does it make that I, as an adult, can actually have sex but playing a video game with sex & nudity is unacceptable?

I am so very sick to death of this nanny state - the current classification system is based on heresay and conjecture rather than facts. What is this, 1458? We're in 2009 and laws are still being made based on personal opinions of politicans. Where is the objectivity? In Australia, apparently it doesn't matter.....Because the politicans know best *sigh*

It's time the classification system was completely overhauled. In a liberal democracy this kind of censorship is just straight out unacceptable and embarassing.

Re: Sexy Poker WiiWare Title Banned Down Under

Ya what they did to necrovision was a joke...... the game was less gorey than BS and FO3 put togather....

 


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Re: Sexy Poker WiiWare Title Banned Down Under

"In the Board’s view Sexy Poker offers depictions of nudity as an incentive or reward to interactive game play"

So not that different than talking to women in the real world then?

Re: Sexy Poker WiiWare Title Banned Down Under

XBox Live release, plz.

Re: Sexy Poker WiiWare Title Banned Down Under

Alternatively: all that pornography on the internet.

/b

Re: Sexy Poker WiiWare Title Banned Down Under

Don't worry, Australia's got that covered too. They're heading towards a nation-wide internet filter based on blacklists.

Re: Sexy Poker WiiWare Title Banned Down Under

Made by fear mongering Politician’s so basically everything will be blacklisted…..

 


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Re: Sexy Poker WiiWare Title Banned Down Under

Just wait till all the major nations have a tiered net system to protect the people from facts, truths.. wait I mean porn!

 


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Re: Sexy Poker WiiWare Title Banned Down Under

 

Seems its already rated

 

http://gonintendo.com/?p=82862

 

http://www.esrb.org/

Search for sexy poker you can’t link directly to title listings…the fckers…

 


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Re: Sexy Poker WiiWare Title Banned Down Under

When did this get on WiiWare?

Like I can understand if Japan gets this game, what Western nations?

Come on.

 

Also Yes, there are nudity in TV shows Prime Time in Australia.

But there is no interaction in TV and movies, that is where Videogames have the problem with the OFLC's interpretation's of their laws.

TBoneTony

Re: Sexy Poker WiiWare Title Banned Down Under

I know its not banned banned by the country it self but the AO rating is a banning since no company allows it.

Re: Sexy Poker WiiWare Title Banned Down Under

Just looked it up on the ESRB website.

Mature for nudity, sexual themes, and simulated gambling.

Re: Sexy Poker WiiWare Title Banned Down Under

I can see this being banned in America as well the ESRB will prob slap it with the AO rating.

Re: Sexy Poker WiiWare Title Banned Down Under

I remember seeing a video poker machine as a kid that had a picture of a woman slowly reveal as you progressed. The demo mode wouldn't show the full nudity but I already knew what it implied.

I wonder if they're still around in some bars. You know what, I don't think it even was poker. It was probably some puzzle game where you remove more pieces to show the woman.

Re: Sexy Poker WiiWare Title Banned Down Under

It's already been rated M by the ESRB.

 

Andrew Eisen

Re: Sexy Poker WiiWare Title Banned Down Under

It would not be "banned" in America, unless Nintendo themselves refused to allow it to be distributed in that market.  The US doesn't "ban" any games, although stores to voluntarily choose not to carry certain titles.

But yes, it would probably get an AO.  Some nudity is allowable in an M rated games, but when it is made a primary feature of the game, then it falls into the AO category.  Not to mention the gambling.

Re: Sexy Poker WiiWare Title Banned Down Under

I stand corrected.  It got a Mature rating.

Re: Sexy Poker WiiWare Title Banned Down Under

Doesn't Australia have some nudity on some of their tv channels during primetime hours?

Re: Sexy Poker WiiWare Title Banned Down Under

There is nudity on television, but unlike Sexy Poker it isn't offered for a reward. Because nudity is offered as a direct reward for positive action in the game, the standards office wont allow it.

If the women simply undressed during the course of the game without being connected to winning or not, then we'd be boiling a different kettle of fish.

Re: Sexy Poker WiiWare Title Banned Down Under

I'm having a hard time wrapping my head around nudity in a Nintendo game. Am I missing something here?
As such, I'll believe it when I see it.

Re: Sexy Poker WiiWare Title Banned Down Under

It was developed for mobile phones by Gameloft.  I did the conversion design doc for the iPhone for this game while I was working there last year, and GL was wetting themselves over the idea of porting anything and everything they could to Wii VC, so I'm not surprised this was eventually submitted.

I _am_ a little surprised Nintendo accepted it, but whatever.  There are much better options for a poker game and for porn; I see no reason to buy it.

Re: Sexy Poker WiiWare Title Banned Down Under

Did it actually manage to get approved for the iTunes app store? They seem to be very inconsistent concerning what is approved and what is not, and if this game made it in with nudity intact then I think Apple has some 'splainin to do.

Re: Sexy Poker WiiWare Title Banned Down Under

Licensed by Nintendo, not published. Oh darn. I can't watch a chic on the screen take off her clothes. Guess I'll have to resort to playing real strip poker with that girl next door. She would never take it beyond PG-13, right? Right? Then one thing leads to another...Oh well.

Re: Sexy Poker WiiWare Title Banned Down Under

For the better part of my life nudity was the incentive or reward for many interactions and plenty of game-playing.

 
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