Dead or Alive: Dimensions Gets 'PG' Rating in Australia

May 31, 2011 -

Australia is an interesting country. On the one hand it has struggled for years to get an adult level video games rating classification (R18+) and on the other it allows a game that has been censored in other countries to be released there with little or no controversy. The game in question is the 3DS tactical fighter Dead or Alive: Dimensions. Several countries have banned the game because it features sexualized depictions of children. The children are three teen characters named Ayane, Koroke and Kasumi who game makers describe as "under 18 years of age."

To be fair, the censoring has been done mostly by Nintendo, based on concerns about child pornography laws in Nordic countries (Sweden, Denmark and Norway) that say it is illegal to show young girls as animated characters in a sexualized way. The concern is mostly with the game's photography mode, which allows players to look up characters' dresses when they are in certain poses.

Controversy about the game in other parts of the world has not affected the game's rating in Australia: the country's rating Classification Board has given the game a rating of "PG."

So - for a change - Australians get a game that is not available in other parts of Europe - for whatever that's worth.

Source: Digital Life


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Re: Dead or Alive: Dimensions Gets 'PG' Rating in Australia

"and on the other it allows a game that has been censored in other countries to be released there with little or no controversy..."

Shhhhhh... don´t give them ideas.

Re: Dead or Alive: Dimensions Gets 'PG' Rating in Australia

This is esp odd since this is the same country that bars small breasted women from appearing in pornography under the theory that they are too child-like and thus promoting pedophilia.....

Re: Dead or Alive: Dimensions Gets 'PG' Rating in Australia

Which is stupid in my opinion. I don't know who they think are protecting with laws like that. Video game character are usually dressed in cute or sexy outfits. Just because some of the characters in a fighting game are supposed to be in the mid-teens they are going to label it child porn? Makes no sense at all.


Re: Dead or Alive: Dimensions Gets 'PG' Rating in Australia

"a game that has been censored"

I didn't hear anything about a censored version.

 

"Several countries have banned the game"

Which would be? Maybe those backward arabic emirates?

 

"the censoring has been done mostly by Nintendo"

"Voluntarily decided not to release the game" would be a better way to say it. At least I wouldn't really count it as censored.

 

"based on concerns about child pornography laws in Nordic countries (Sweden, Denmark and Norway)"

Only sweden. The others are collateral damage.

Re: Dead or Alive: Dimensions Gets 'PG' Rating in Australia

"Voluntarily decided not to release the game" would be a better way to say it. At least I wouldn't really count it as censored.

That is censoring. Self censoring is still censoring. If you fear repercussions from a law and decide to not speak, you are still being censored by said law.

E. Zachary Knight
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Re: Dead or Alive: Dimensions Gets 'PG' Rating in Australia

Boom, roasted.

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