Sexy Poker folds in Australia

WiiWare strip poker game banned down under for reward-based nudity.

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Australia's tough classification regime for games has struck again, although this time the victim isn't as high profile as last year's big-name casualties (such as Fallout 3 or F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin). Sexy Poker--an upcoming WiiWare game developed by Gameloft--has been refused classification by the Board, effectively banning the strip poker game from sale down under.

Sexy Poker pits a player against six different female opponents who wear stereotypical costumes, such as nurses' outfits, sports uniforms, police clothing, and business wear. According to the Board, the game was refused classification because nudity was used as an incentive--in this case, winning a game of poker.

"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," the statement said.

"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." Because there is no R18+ rating for games in Australia, the highest classification level for a game is MA15+.

With Sexy Poker, 2009 has now seen two games banned in Australia, although Necrovision--which was banned in April--has since been reclassified as M-rated after the developer made changes to the game.

For more on Australia's classification regime, check out our Censory Overload feature.

Discussion

38 comments
ymarkman
ymarkman

Hahahaha nudity. That's funny.

9thedevilmaycry
9thedevilmaycry

GIVE IT A M, I CHEAKED AND THEY ARNT NAKED, NO JIGILY, NO NAKED WOMEN JUST BIKINIS WITH POSES!

maliGGs
maliGGs

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Semione
Semione

fyi this all started over i think one of the gta's (san andreas) where you can modify it with i think the "coffee part". australia never used to be soo anal but i guess its for our kids protection...even though they are 13 pregnant drinking and smoking, just as long as they dont play video games everything will be alright.PLEASE for all you gamers around the world can you please write a letter to the Office of South Australian attorney general Michael Atkinson. he is the basterd who is stopping the R18+ of games, all the other ministers dont disagree like he does.

dr_satan666
dr_satan666

Someone needs to tell these people that the age of pacman and pong is long gone.....

Aletunda
Aletunda

haha it were as if kevin rudd or john howard were the head of the board. There is far worse out there, especially on the internet, a child could easily just find some free stuff by typing some words on google that is real, these are poorly computer generated people, how is a child going to be able to aquire the points neccessary to purchase the product if you need either A a credit card (which i highly doubt an australian child has) or B scrounge up enough money in order to go to eb or jb and buy the card for points, and beside a parent can just as easily delete it.

raptor1906
raptor1906

I dont see how banning the game would make any difference Underage/horny people are more exposed to real nudity rather than pixel animated ones. i dont get it, pornography is so much easier to get just by typing into google why play poker just to see animated nudity?

vandrius
vandrius

Hah! The old codgers and prissy pants constantly worry about it "falling into the hands of children"... But I have yet to see the internet banned, and no matter how good your parental controls are a simple search on google images can return pictures FAR worse than any video game or movie.

Sagacious_Tien
Sagacious_Tien

Not a major loss, but it still shows how far behind Australia is when it comes to our classification system.

SpinoRaptor24
SpinoRaptor24

Oh please they show like far worse stuff on those Animal Planet shows. How come they don't ban that?

gameking5000
gameking5000

@Inconnux That is not the case, the government are here to help since the government seems to doing most of the work as with other things. Still if all games were released and there was an reliance for parents then it would not work.

Sillygostly
Sillygostly

Mind you, this game was given a relatively light 15 rating by the U.K. censors for "moderate nudity".

imprezawrx500
imprezawrx500

glad I live on the other side of the tasman where we have a r18. aussie really needs a r18 with the amount of game that have to be changed to keep the sensors happy.

rockatanski
rockatanski

Rewarded depictions of nudity. I get turned on more by watching those stupid music video sluts on the Saturday morning music shows on a channel that's free to air. This banning is easly the most ridicolous one to date.

Sillygostly
Sillygostly

This is easily one the most hypocritical classification decisions in the OFLC's history. Breast nudity is considered to be perfectly acceptable in a PG rated film or DVD in Australia, yet the very same level of nudity in a video game is banned purely on the technicality that "nudity relating to incentives or rewards" is instantly inappropriate for anybody under 18. Spare me. Are they forgetting the nudity in the Playboy games which (correct me if I'm wrong) contained unlockable images of real life full frontal nude centerfolds? Surely that too can be considered a form of "reward". Appeal the decision, Gameloft. A very similar game was dropped to a legally UNRESTRICTED M rating a few years back (without cuts, mind you). God, I'm so sick of the censorship board leaning on technicalities to justify senselessly banning games. -.- IMO, there's NO way a game of this nature would exceed MA15+ let alone M.

mickwounds
mickwounds

ah so its ok to kill anyone, deal drugs, swear, steal cars, blow off heads, arms, legs, put peoples heads in vices, kick the crap out of old grannies etc etc etc but its NOT ok to see a naked woman haha. oh i love our rating system. we protect the children from seeing a naked person but we show them violence galore. Either ban everything past a G rating or dont touch anything at all.

Payback7
Payback7

Sigh - not that I would have bought this. But again - let the parents decide what their children should be playing - at the end of the day it's THEIR responsibility. Just bring out an R18+ rating and be done with it - over it!

brain3d
brain3d

Goddamn Nanny state killing everyone's fun.

Inconnux
Inconnux

Once again the state is taking over the job of being parents. Parents please wake up and realize that it takes more than sex to have a child and stop defaulting responsibility to the Government.

Freezezzy
Freezezzy

Little late for an April fools joke, isn't it?

gnbfd
gnbfd

WTF? This is on the Wii? Really? *goes to buy a Nintendo Points card* no really though the game will probably suck, so no big loss. Besides, they can't really have full nudity in a game can they? Especially here in America where violence=good sex=bad

almightybob14
almightybob14

Wait, this is on a Nintendo system?!?! I think they finally figured out the one way to get their old hardcore gamer fans back. Sex

Scarface5962
Scarface5962

why do they give games clacifications no one reads them

Maersyndel
Maersyndel

Zap: Thats GS adding it in, but it's a fair point. As if I'd ever buy the game, but still....

Generic_Dude
Generic_Dude

No reward-based nudity? But that's the best kind!

zaprct
zaprct

Haha, a game that was going to be sold directly through WiiWare got banned here? It wasn't that long ago that Nintendo games couldn't have red blood or religious symbols. I like how the classification board always end their explanation with the mention of there being no R18 rating for games. They clearly think that there should be one.

VitasV
VitasV

DAMN YOU ATKINSON. DAMN YOU

mlisen
mlisen

Haha @ Lucidmike, nice one. How do they stop wiiware going through anyway?

Ground_Zero
Ground_Zero

Nooooooooo I want my pixel boobies!!!!!!!!!!!

Chunky_Tomster
Chunky_Tomster

omg thats funny, wii has a title that gets banned well xcuse mai over the top laughter but... lolololololololololololloloolololloolololloloololololloollolololololol

Lucidmike78
Lucidmike78

What is this about folds down under? I think people have a lot better *incentives* on the internet than Nintendo approved money shots.

monkeyd_93
monkeyd_93

*rubs eyes* wow first wii title to get banned, but wii want sexy poker, the wii is nothing without sexy poker :cry:

juliangui
juliangui

I have no strong feelings about this one way or the other. -_-

doorselfin
doorselfin moderator

So, how would we hypothetically go about regulating the purchase of restricted titles on a digital distribution platform?

Turbo-Evil
Turbo-Evil

This is why we need an R rating... so we can see pixelated boobs!

mystic_knight
mystic_knight moderator

Um i don't see how its any worse than losing money.