Games Censorship: V


 

 

 

 

Valkyrie Drive Bhikkhuni

Developed by Marvelous JP / 2015 / MobyGames

In August 2016, VALKYRIE DRIVE BHIKKHUNI was banned by the Classification Board. The applicant was PQube Ltd.

The Board's database gave the following reason for the RC-rating.

Games 1(a) The computer game is classified RC in accordance with the National Classification Code, Computer Games Table, 1. (a) as computer games that "depict, express or otherwise deal with matters of sex, drug misuse or addiction, crime, cruelty, violence or revolting or abhorrent phenomena in such a way that they offend against the standards of morality, decency and propriety generally accepted by reasonable adults to the extent that they should not be classified."

 

 

Classification Board Annual Report 2016-2017
RC Computer games

Valkyrie Drive Bhikkhuni is a Japanese thirdperson hack and slash adventure game in which the player controls “weaponised”, superpowered young women on the fictionalised island of Bhikkuni. In the opinion of the Board, this game warranted being Refused Classification in accordance with items 1(a) and (c) of the computer games table (clause 4) of the Code.

Playable characters within the game consist of a number of young women, all drawn in the typically stylised manner of anime characters. The characters are invariably depicted in scantily-clad costumes with exaggerated and oversized breasts which jiggle or undulate when the characters move.

Various interactions with the game’s characters take place in “The Communications Room” and “The Dressing Room”, including the ability to dress characters in a variety of outfits, and to “touch” them, using the game device’s touch-screen functionality or mapped “Quick Buttons”. The control guide for “Quick Buttons” includes “Move Breast”, “Move Breasts”, “Rub Upper Body”, “Rub Lower Body”, “Touch Chest” and “Touch Butt”. The player receives both “hit points” (as a reward for touch interactions, shown by an on-screen indicator), and “experience points”, which can increase the player’s overall ranking as well as providing access to various mini-games and challenges.

Costume changes and touch interactions within “The Dressing Room” consist of the player selecting a character and then choosing an outfit (e.g. bikini). The player is able to rotate the character model to inspect the outfit and to “touch” the character in the manner described above. Touch interactions are represented visually by marks (such as the skin reddening from contact) and movement on the character models, as well as through dialogue responses (subtitled in English on screen). Characters repeatedly say, “Don’t touch me there!”, “What do you think you’re doing?”, “No!”, “You can’t do that!”, “Stop already!” and “You can’t touch me there.”

In the Board’s opinion, these character responses provide a clear implication of “sexual violence”, which the Guidelines define as “Sexual assault or aggression, in which the victim does not consent.” As the implied sexual violence is visually depicted, interactive, not justified by context, and related to incentives or rewards, it is not permitted within the R 18+ classification. The game was therefore Refused Classification.

 

 

Complaints to the Classification Board

Classification Board Annual Report 2016-2017
Complaints
Computer games

The Classification Board made 498 classification decisions for computer games in 2016–17 and received 65 complaints about computer games. Computer games which attracted the most complaints were Outlast 2 and Valkyrie Drive Bhikkhuni.

There were five complaints about the computer game Valkyrie Drive Bhikkhuni being Refused Classification (RC). On 9 August 2016, the Board classified Valkyrie Drive Bhikkhuni RC. The Board was of the view that the content of this game exceeded the R 18+ classification, as per the Guidelines for the Classification of Computer Games which state that: “Implied sexual violence that is visually depicted, interactive, not justified by context or related to incentives or rewards is not permitted”

 

 

June 2017: Available to Australians on Steam

Despite being banned, VALKYRIE DRIVE BHIKKHUNI was made available on Steam in June 2017.

emo 185 [developer] 12 Jun @ 8:22pm
steamcommunity.com
We plan to make the game available worldwide; so if you see the product page then you should be able to buy it when it launches on Steam later this month.

 

However, in August 2017 it was removed.

emo 185 [developer] 10 Aug @ 2:46am
steamcommunity.com
VALKYRIE DRIVE -BHIKKHUNI- Australia & Germany Store Update

Hello Everyone,

As of today, 10th August 2017, VALKYRIE DRIVE -BHIKKHUNI-, VALKYRIE DRIVE -BHIKKHUNI- Complete Edition and the VALKYRIE DRIVE -BHIKKHUNI- Complete DLC Pack are no longer available for purchase on Steam in Australia and Germany. 

VALKYRIE DRIVE -BHIKKHUNI- was removed for sale in these countries in accordance with local legislation. 

This announcement does not affect any other country and VALKYRIE DRIVE -BHIKKHUNI- will continue to be available to purchase on Steam in other countries. 

Those who currently own VALKYRIE DRIVE -BHIKKHUNI- on Steam in Australia and Germany will still be able to play the game from their Steam library.

We are currently investigating the possibilities to make VALKYRIE DRIVE -BHIKKHUNI- available again in these countries. 

We apologise for any inconvenience caused and we will provide updates when possible. 

 

Valkyrie Drive Bhikkhuni (2015) - Marvelous [jp] PS Vita


 

 

 

 

Vida X

Developed by Interactive Girls / 1993 / MobyGames

In July 1996, VIDA X was banned by the OFLC. It was most likely refused because of the use of nudity as an incentive or reward.

The Victorian Police were the applicant.


 

 

 

 

Voyeur

Developed by Philips P.O.V. Entertainment Group / 1994 / MobyGames

In February 1995, VOYEUR was banned by the OFLC for sexually explicit language and an incest theme. Sega Ozisoft was the applicant.

 

In their 1994 to 1995 Annual report, the OFLC explained the RC-rating.

A CD ROM strategy game called Voyeur uses full motion video and contains a conversation between two adult actors. They had been identified in an earlier scene as uncle and niece. In the dialogue, the woman recalls the uncle's sexual abuse of her when she was 14 years old and uses sexually explicit language during the conversation.

The guidelines clearly state that sexually explicit language is to be Refused. The incest context was also taken into consideration by the Board.

 

For more information on VOYEUR in Australia, see Anthony Larme's Dangerous Games? page, and Games Censorship Collection site.

 

Voyeur - Interplay [us] PC


 

 

 

 

V-Tech Rampage

Developed by Ryan Lambourn / 2007

This game has never had problems with the Australian censors. It is included because it was a controversial title.

 

V-TECH RAMPAGE was a flash game based on the April 2007 Virginia Tech Massacre. It created controversy in Australia when it was found to have been created by a 21-year old Sydney man.

 

Outrage over Virginia Tech game
smh.com.au
, May 16, 2007 

A Sydney youth who created an uproar with an online game based on the Virginia Tech massacre, says he will remove the game if he receives $US2000 in "donations".

Add another $US1000 and he promises to apologise.

V-Tech Rampage is the work of 21-year-old Ryan Lambourn from western Sydney who goes by the screen name, Master PiGPEN.

"I've done offensive things before but they're not usually this popular," Lamourn said, adding that he made the game "because it's funny".

Lambourn, who grew up in the US, said his friends suggested putting up the ransom demand which he thought was "a hilarious idea".

He posted the demand on his website saying: "Attention angry people: I will take this game down from newgrounds [the games website] if the donation amount reaches $1000 US. I'll take it down from here [his website] if it reaches $2000 US, and i will apologise if it reaches $3000 US."

He described the exercise as "a joke". "They were so adamant about me taking my game down ... I gave them a way," he said.

"The donation thing was just to pull a few more strings and make more people angry. It's worked."

Lambourn said that while he felt remorse for those who had lost friends and relatives in the massacre, he also had sympathy for the gunman.

"No one listens to you unless you've got something sensational to do." he said. "And that's why I feel sympathy for Cho Seung-hui. He had to go that far."

 

 

MA15+ Rating for V-TECH RAMPAGE

The Australian Communications and Media Authority submitted a copy of the V-TECH RAMPAGE to the OFLC, who awarded it an MA15+ rating.

This YouTube clip provides a walk through of the game.

Items submitted by ACMA are listed only as a number, and never by their actual title. This is supposedly to prevent members of the public from adding them to their bookmarks. The time and rating of this ACMA submission lead us to believe that V-TECH RAMPAGE was the following entry in the Classification Board's database.

 

ACMA_Item_2_250 ACMA (CD Rom / online)
Not suitable for people under 15. Under
15s must be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian
Classification: MA 15+
Consumer Advice
Category: ACMA - Film (Sale/Hire)
Version:
Duration: minutes
Date of Classification: 25/05/2007
Author: NOT SHOWN
Publisher: NOT SHOWN
Production Company: NOT SHOWN
Country of Origin: NOT SHOWN
Applicant: AUSTRALIAN COMMUNICATIONS AND MEDIA AUTHORITY
File Number: T07/2385
Classification Number: 5372051F

 

 

No ban on Virginia Tech game.
smh.com.au
, June 3, 2007

AUSTRALIAN authorities are powerless to ban a computer game inspired by the Virginia Tech massacre.

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) investigated the game, "V-Tech Rampage", after receiving a complaint about it last month.

The ACMA referred the game to the Office of Film and Literature Classification (OFLC), which gave it an MA 15 + rating, the highest classification for a computer game.

"After reviewing it, the OFLC decided that the game could not be prohibited," an ACMA spokesman said. "On the basis of their decision, we are taking no further action."


 

 

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