The Classification Board of Australia has reclassified Tecmo Koei's Dead or Alive: Dimensions following the revocation of its initial PG rating; the 3DS title is now rated M in Australia.
Earlier this month, the Classification Board of Australia revoked the PG (Parental Guidance) rating of Tecmo Koei's 3D fighter Dead or Alive: Dimensions after media concerns about the game's sexual content. The game was pulled from store shelves and made illegal for sale until its reclassification.
Today, the Aussie rating body reclassified the game with an M rating following distributor Nintendo's resubmission of the title. According to the classification report on the latest rating decision, the classifiers found the game's violent and sexual content to be of moderate impact, pushing it up into the M category. The new consumer advice of "violence and sexualised gameplay" has been added.
The game was initially classified on February 8, 2011. However, due to a number of national and international media reports highlighting concerns over underage female characters in the game, the Classification Board requested preliminary information from THQ--the game's initial distributor in Australia, and the company that first submitted the game for classification--to ascertain whether the content described in media reports was contained in the Australian version of the game.
However, during the recent reclassification process of the game, the Classification Board was satisfied that "within its context, none of the characters appears to be a child under 18 years." The report on the most recent decision describes how the nature of the sexual context impacted on the new M rating:
"The female characters are invariably depicted with large breasts and wearing clothing that accentuates their cleavage. The female characters are also depicted in short skirts…which allow for a female's clothed crotch to be seen. The Classification Board believes that due to the realistically depicted female forms, the outfits worn and the ability of the player to zoom in and take photos of specific body parts of characters within the game, consumer advice of sexualised gameplay is appropriate at an M classification."
The problem with the game's initial PG rating came from a lack of information surrounding the contentious content of the game. Shortly after the game was initially submitted for classification, it was passed to Nintendo for distribution. However, both Nintendo and the Classification Board have confirmed that it was THQ that failed to supply this information at the time of the game's initial classification.
"The additional content that was provided to the Classification Board was not identified in the original application at the time of classification and the Classification Board decided that this content lent emphasis to the existing contentious elements and heightened the sexualised tone to the game, to the degree that the game would exceed a mild playing impact," a Classification Board of Australia spokesperson told GameSpot AU at the time.
According to the rating body, the game was not demonstrated during the initial application process. When asked by GameSpot AU why this contentious material was withheld from the Board during the initial classification application, THQ responded with the following statement:
"THQ are not the distributor of this title. Tecmo Koei are the content creators on record and Nintendo are their chosen distribution partner for the title in question. Our recommendation is that if you are seeking information on this subject that you speak directly to these parties."
"and the ability of the player to zoom in and take photos of specific body parts of characters within the game, consumer advice of sexualised gameplay is appropriate at an M classification." You really have to be some sick ****ing perv to take close shots of virtual women. And what... they jerk off to those pics? Well, I guess the Classification Board also have some big pervs in their group to bring up a "feature" of the game like that.
@Sigil-otaku Now that makes alot of sense. It explains why it was first rated PG but now after a review they rate it M. Obviously they at first thought, "well it's not much", and gave it a PG rating. Then they searched through it again and decided that even a "little" demands the full rating. I incline to agree, but sometimes I think they should get more spedicif on what's wrong with a game instead of a rating by itself.
I love reading all the mocking comments made by Americans when the American classification board demanded that 5mm less thigh had to shown of their boxart of Dimensions. Afraid that extra 5mm of thigh might corrupt children of America.
@mario-nin-freak Despite most disagreeing with you I do, I think your right to want responsibility and accountability in rating boards (as in the end they rate what we will show our children and play in games) and I've often felt too much can be gotten away with too. It's hard to say, in some cases (can only think of one cut scene) there is a deliberate view of one of the girls butts, and some of the costumes can be a little skin tight (I've noticed this more recently though as the street pass costumes seem to be more perverse than the original sets). Overall there's not 'much' to get excited about because the figures can't have the costumes swapped for photo's of these more pervy costumes but there is the odd costume that is pervy as stated. As for the question of whether they may as well be naked then I'd say no except in the odd one off (christie had a particularly bad one).
@Sigil-otaku Well I guess you would know better than me. But I still tend to agree. A lot of games show girls with clothes so tight they might as well be naked, you already know what everything looks like:roll: IS that a problem in this game?
what else is new? that place is full of bans or even a Mario game for em is an Mrated game... LMFAO sux to be in AU
@mario-nin-freak Sorry but I have the game and there is definitely no 'sexual content'. I'll openly admit I was even curious so tried to see how far it went and to be honest the figures (still models of the characters) are the only things you can take photo's of, there is a camera lock that stops you going too far down and looking up and even then all the figures are posed so the worst you get is a minor view of the undergarments. There's nothing in here that is worse, in any way, than what you can see in the odd slightly rude movie (even ones rated 15, 12 etc.). It's very mild and nothing to get too excited about.
DOA female fighters look underage? I always thought they looked like they were around 21. Also, since the M in Austrailia is like T in United states, I wonder why they didn't just rate it M in the first place. I would never give a DOA game to a young child under 12, because as much as gamers may disagree with me, the DOA characters do show a lot of cleavage, which might be inappropriate for children under 12.
@cjf187x Well the game's box has "Parental discretion advised" written on it. The PG rating rates the intensity of the presentation of the game and having played the game there is no things like nudity or swearing in it. But the objectives like stripping are questionable, unfortunately classification doesn't rate this directly. The European version is also rated 12+. So its a very clear flaw in rating systems in my opinion.
So they rate an animated series M and We Dare for Wii is PG....hmmm one must wonder if the Aussie rating body would enjoy watching children play adult party games...
The previous Dead or Alives were rated M in Australia. It's just THQ and Nintendo screwed up their submission. Re-classifications would still happen in Australia even we had a R18+ and in other countries as well. Australia when comes to nudity and partial nudity is not strict, just to clear things up. Buy "Room With a View" on DVD, its rated PG in Australia has a nice scene with nude guys running around with their tackle hanging out. But in strict American that's an instant R17+ or R18+ or whatever.
If the classification board calls the DOA girls 'realistically depicted female forms' I want to live wherever they live :) But the idea that anyone could have thought any of them were underage is pretty amazing, unless they're meant to be Scandinavian or something.
@rasterror Do the girls at the beach willingly let you hold a camera & point it anywhere at their body & take pictures as close as you want? Chances are most people (and I'm sure a lot of people excited about this game aren't 18+) aren't gonna be pointing a camera at the lady's pretty mug.
Sheesh, all this fuss about silly matters, so I guess God of War will be completely banned in Australia?!
Leave it to Australia to make this a big deal, just like Mortal Kombat, guess they have nothing better to report on the news...
Its all Sweden's fault - they started crying, then you know Australia just had to follow them & cry as well. "Won't someone think of the children?" ..lol stupid as ever. Just shows incompetence in Classification board's part. So all the music clips/videos with girls in skimpy clothing now will be rated M as well?.
@Untamed_Fudge Its called a "Teenage" rating of some sort you cant accidentally rate an "M" game "PG" if thats the case then the game cant be THAT bad They should have given it a teen rating to begin with
So Dead or Alive is now rated M, but We Dare remains PG? Yeah, because there's nothing sexual about that game.
I've never understood why cleavage/exposed body parts warrants an M rating. Do they think adolescents will be more likely to commit crimes such as rape by simply looking at breasts? Kids who haven't gone through puberty yet probably don't even know/care what cleavage is, and it will likely have absolutely no impact on them if they were to see it. We need to really reconsider our priorities, here. EDIT: @nakonakonako Ah, that helps a lot. Thank you for that bit of information.
"The female characters are invariably depicted with large breasts and wearing clothing that accentuates their cleavage. The female characters are also depicted in short skirts...which allow for a female's clothed crotch to be seen." So apparently in Australia any attractive woman wearing a skirt and a tight shirt can't be looked at by anyone under an appropriate age...
Dead or Alive always gets hammered. It's too bad, I prefer to play DoA over Street Fighter or Tekken.
This game is not as gore filled as mortal kombat and the "nudity" or whatever they are talking about does not exist. Come on just go to a beach and you can see more nudity than you get on this game.
I read the headline and laughed. Then I felt sorry for all Aussie gamers. I felt bad that they might never play maybe Shadows of the Damned (as I had just read the review). I wondered whether there would ever be change... Then I read the article and laughed again. Sorry, but it was really funny - mainly paragraph 5.
@mario-nin-freak When you say "America" do you mean the United States? Because I don't know how Mexico/Canada treats their kids.
I wished America cared enough about kids to rate games like that. Australia, your ratings bureau is awesome! Finally someone says what I've always noticed the ESRB ignores when rating games, sexual content.
They went from PG to M?! Do they have a PG-13 rating or something equal to that? At least it still able to be sold in stores.
I'm so proud to be an American! Only thing good coming from Australia is Yahtzee from "Zero Punctuation."
Glad it's not banned for those who live there,that want to buy it.The M rating is justified in my opinion.I can't wait to get a 3DS so I can play this,I love DOA :).
Bwahahaha!!! So let me try to understand this - they pull this game for the boobs and skirts, and re-rate it M, but do nothing about 'We Dare', a game themed around daring people to do sexual things (Often to or with each other), and leave that PG after re-investigating? Oh yes, makes perfect sense... I don't mind the M rating, I just don't get the hypocrisy of rating this 'M' and leaving a game like 'We Dare' PG. @Tharkun89, LOL, they should visit Manly beach in summer. It would be refused classification immediately, and subsequently banned. They should never go anywhere near the Gold Coast.
ABC news' headline seems a bit much, but yeh im not surprised. Australia is very strict with games for some reason.
Just so you know guys, M in Australia is not the same as M in America, its the equivelant to PG-13 or T in your country, MA15+ is what would be R or M in your country.
@Tharkun89 Err, it was changed to an M rating. It makes much more sense to rate it M than to rate it PG... It's not like it was banned. And they didn't come to that conclusion. Sweden did.
wow Australia... why are you so damn strict? Afraid your little big island will become dense with perverts and kung fu fighters if you allow this game to be played by minors? prudes and how on earth do they come to the conclusion that the (fake) women in this game, with no indication of what age they are, are under 18?? Also, walk around your own white sandy beaches, im 100% positive you will see more cleavage and underage girls there than in that game.
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