Dead or Alive: Dimensions Gets ‘PG’ Rating in Australia

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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