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Nintendo WiiWare Game Nixed By Australian Ratings Board

Fri, May 29, 10:15am by Kevin Pitstock

Even though this isn’t technically gambling. This article might be of interest to some of you.

Australian gamers are out of luck thanks to an uptight Ratings Board. The obviously archaic board has previously censored several M-rated games but the latest blow it delivers is banning a WiiWare game.

Sexy Poker, by Gameloft has the Board saying a big emphatic no. The reason? Nudity of course.

According to the Classification Board, their justification for the action is that Sexy Poker presents nudity as a reward in the interactive poker game. The Board believes this is inappropriate and the decision to ban the game is in keeping with the Guidelines for the Classification of Films and Computer Games which prohibits portraying nudity as an incentive.

The Board is of the view that the nudity in Sexy Poker is much too strong even for a MA15+ classification which is usually restricted to adults. It yet again pointed out that sexual activity and nudity must not be portrayed as incentives or they would not qualify for the MA15+ rating.

However, that does make one wonder why movies have an R18+ classification and games are limited only to an MA15+. This is especially surprising because the average Australian who plays these games is about 28 years old.

This is not the first time a game has been banned due to the myopic view of the Board. Games that have previously been banned are Fallout 3 for way too many references to drugs, Dark Sector for excessive violence and wait, hold your breath, Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure for…*drumroll*….promoting graffiti!

Anyone else think it’s a bit much? It’s just a game of strip poker – that’s all!


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