Singapore unbans Mass Effect

Media Development Authority has a rethink, decides girl-on-alleged-girl love is ok after all.

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Yesterday news arrived that gamers in Singapore weren't going to be able to get their hands on the highly anticipated Xbox 360 sci-fi action role-playing game Mass Effect.

The game was banned in the country after the Media Development Authority objected to a scene in which the main character (if selected to be a woman) kissed and caressed an alien character of female appearance as part of a romantic subplot.

Today, however, The Straits Times is reporting that the ban has been lifted and the game has been issued an M18 rating instead.

The Board of Film Censors issued a statement saying it would be creating a games-classification system in January, and in the interim, it would be selectively using game ratings to "enable highly anticipated games to be launched in Singapore."

To date, Singapore has been the only country to ban Mass Effect, however temporarily.

Discussion

234 comments
mikeydumbo
mikeydumbo

less government = better? i think you fail to understand what's been going on behind the scenes in the government. game ratings in singapore? do you count "no rating, parental advisory and M18" as a rating?

haasebeagle
haasebeagle

Do Politicians have nothing better to do? Sounds like they are the same no matter where they are from. Useless...which is why I dont understand how so many people in US want to vote for obama and clinton. Less govt = better!

ek_Theos
ek_Theos

I cant believe they banned it in the first place its not as if its some completely unavoidable part of the game.

matty_sen
matty_sen

thats funny cuz on my box it has a 12 rating

SteveTwo
SteveTwo

Heh, I did that subplot. Makin' it with blue or green skinned aliens is what space exploration is all about. Right Capn Kirk? lol :-D

gws898
gws898

yep, Last time singapore doesn't have any game ratings. And next year onwards, it will having a games rating system. (anyway I'm a singaporean) :)

Nbajam23
Nbajam23

Yes but in movies if there is a lesbian, but in real life that actress isn't one, we still ban that right? same tactics apply with this game.

mikeydumbo
mikeydumbo

(bjmage16) oh by the way, everyone in asari is considered female(defined as gender that delivers offspring). you noticed that when you refer to asexual species, they're all refered to as she? but yea, not like commander had a choice. cant help it if the whole species is asexual right? btw, nesto423, in singapore, legal age is 18, not 17. adult is 21. so rating is as PG,NC16, M18, R21 (i'm 17 by the way >

Yokuz1166
Yokuz1166

Bj must've read the book, too. Asari's are a very appealing race, but they are all asexual. It's in the book =)

prioritymail
prioritymail

I knew they couldnt keep a sure-to-be blockbuster off their shores

Devvy01
Devvy01

around and around we go.. banned, unbanned.. make up your minds. worse than a politician

buffyguy27
buffyguy27

(Bench_Scientist) lol "bueller" thats a classic. Im glad they unbanned Mass effect that ban wasnt really called for, having a new system that (hopefully) makes sense will be a good thing for singapore.

bjmage16
bjmage16

It's not girl-on-girl action. The Asari are asexual. No gender.

nesto423
nesto423

now if it was man on man... i think i would be on singapores side . "dont think i would want to see master chief w/guy on guy action.

nesto423
nesto423

M 18?? Do we have M18 or is it a misprint and it should b M 17??? cause ... here wouldnt that be rated AO?????

Olly464
Olly464

Wow, for the first time ever, for however brief, there was something you COULDN'T get in singapore :D. $0.99 hooker anyone?

shadow9669
shadow9669

im happy that all them people in Singapore will be able to buy the game this game looks like so much fun and we dont want anyone to miss this fun game

Bench_Scientist
Bench_Scientist

LOL anyone notice the news paper cited in this article? The Straits Time! Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?

DDSolar
DDSolar

yeahhhhhh girl on girl action rules pd: If a moderator reads this can hey send me a message explaning why I whas banned(did no understand) thx:3

Hyaku68
Hyaku68

Lesbians 1 Singapore 0 Haha...

RedDaemon
RedDaemon

yeah baby girls on girls is a-ok

drogaz
drogaz

I am glad they unbanned it. Mass Effect looks like an awesome game and the reason why they banned it was just homophobic and stupid.

Spotswoode
Spotswoode

hah it's a fantastic game.. ridiculously good, I've beaten Novaria and a lot of side quests.. can't wait for the Gamespot review

buffdaddy69
buffdaddy69

hahaahhahahahahahaha. They probably watched a porn of lesbians and they thought "Heeeeeey. this isnt half bad!"

titust755
titust755

lol, love how they just changed there mind

SBel
SBel

Didnt expect the ban to stop people in Singapore from somehow getting the game anyways but at least the Government over there has seen sense - hopefully when the new classifications come in over there they wont ban any other games.

herbertfkj
herbertfkj

Ok the Mass Effect of the game on Singapore would be to instigate the need for new classification standards for games in Singapore, which is just more employment created (read: much more troublesome for everyone).

TheoleDominion1
TheoleDominion1

I agree, men who are confused on the very basic point that women and men are "naturally" made for each other, the better it is for men who not confused.

Evil_shenanigan
Evil_shenanigan

Ha ha ha, YES! EB Got the game in on Friday, picked it up, been playing since. Beat it earlier today (Friday). Gonna start it up again tomorrow. I think this game deserves about a 9.9/10. Only a few minor glitch's.

YInYangUXG
YInYangUXG

Haha. I've only beaten Feros and now I'm on Noveria. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrreat game.

X-RS
X-RS

agreeing with bluebl if men like men then isnt there more chicks for strait men?

HyperMetaDragon
HyperMetaDragon

That's odd, I suggested in my comment last time that they should unban it, and look... :o

bluebl
bluebl

This created quite a ruckus it seems. I'll tell you this, i studied 1 year in Singapore, and it's more free than some American states. But there's a huge conservative rhetoric in the media, but most people really don't care. they even used to held the Nation party (google if you wish). Regardless, rhetoric gives votes, and you should be used to that already. as for Lord_pisces and Markfisher 2112, unlike what you say, the real problem in the world isn't guy-on-guy whatever. It's people like you the real problem, who are just plain hypocrites. I wish you would lose your right to even vote or to chose a person to marry, because you are a shame for everyone who ever fought for your rights to be even typing here now.

Chief_Kuuni
Chief_Kuuni

poor singapore, that's gonna be a great game, hopefully

kratos_karmakar
kratos_karmakar

be glad and appreciative of this unbanning. som 1 down there isnt from australia.

kratos_karmakar
kratos_karmakar

be glad and appreciative of this unbanning. som 1 down there isnt from australia.

8th_pacifist
8th_pacifist

These guys have got to get over their homophobia.

crave4more
crave4more

and what an awesome game it is too... My local EB got it on friday and was able to pick up my copy :) sooooooooooooo good :) controversy is the best type of advertising anyway so it should sell like hotcakes in singapore now...

DaHulkster
DaHulkster

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Kravyn81
Kravyn81

That's ironic coming from a country where a hooker costs you $5....

jon181
jon181

I mean it is understandable when oral sex and anal sex (only between a man and a woman) were only made legal in Singapore last month. note it is still illegal to have anal sex between too men in Singapore. Google this if you don't believe it.