Singapore bans Mass Effect

Alleged girl-on-girl action causes government to put a stop to the title's release in the region.


Microsoft and BioWare's sci-fi action role-playing game Mass Effect is due to be released on November 20 in North America and November 23 in Europe. There will be one country that won't be playing the highly anticipated title, though--Singapore.

Reuters is reporting that the Microsoft game has been banned by Singapore's Media Development Authority, according to local paper The Straits Times. The ban is due to a love scene that can occur between a female human--if the player has chosen a female main character--and an alien "woman." The gender of the alien in question is actually not quite that simple; while female in appearance, the designation has little significance for the species in question--the Asari--as it has only one gender.

Other recent games have also been banned in the country, including God of War 2 (for nudity) and The Darkness (for excessive violence and religiously offensive expletives).

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