‘Child porn’ game sells fast under PG rating

NZ Herald Jun 10, 2011

A video game banned in parts of Europe because of claims it contains child pornography is selling out in New Zealand – with only a PG rating. The Nintendo 3DS game Dead or Alive: Dimensions went on sale in New Zealand last week. But within days, the chief censor called it in for classification. The PG rating indicates “mild violence and sexualised gameplay” and the game sells for just under $100. It is banned in Sweden, Norway and Denmark and is believed to violate child pornography laws with features that enable a player to undress female characters and photograph them from any angle, including under their skirts. It is also believed that underage girls appear in sexualised situations in the game.

…..Bond & Bond employee Andrei Dent said his shop received copies of the game last week and all were sold in the first day. “Nearly every customer who comes to the [gaming section of the store] wants to have a look at it and try it out on the demo,” he said. The Warehouse website indicated yesterday that its online store had sold out of copies. Speaking from a gaming convention in Los Angeles, The Warehouse buying manager Stuart Yorston said he doubted Nintendo would allow pornography in its games but The Warehouse would act on the chief censor’s classification results. It would continue selling the game for now, he said.
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