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Mass Effect banned in Singapore

Mass Effect banned in Singapore

Mass Effect has now been banned in Singapore because of this little blue babe...

Mass Effect is already shaping up to be a great game by the looks of it and the short bursts of time we've had going hands-on with it have certainly left us with positive impressions. It looks beautiful, has smooth gameplay which blends action and RPG elements and uses an epic plot set in a massive game-universe.

Oh, and it's got a fair bit of sex in it too - ranging in extremity from the fairly tame to the admittedly-quite-spicy lesbian alien-on-human sexathons. We kid you not.

Unfortunately, not everyone is keen on the idea of alien and human gettin' jiggy wit' it. In fact, the game has now been banned in Singapore after officials have seen how it's, um, handled.

And, for the curious, we'll just cut to the chase and link you to a video of the most spicy of the relevant scenes. Be warned, it's a little NSFW even though the scene is quite tastefully done and it's good to see the developers haven't been explicit just for the hell of it.

There's very few details at the moment, but GameAxis Online is currently confirming that the game will not be available for sale in Singapore.

How do you feel about the spate of recent bans in the video game market? Concerned? Annoyed? Horny? Let us know in the forum.

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mmorgue 13th November 2007, 14:57 Quote
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Originally Posted by article
Concerned? Annoyed? Horny?

10, 20, 70 respectively...

Seriously tho, what's worse: alien-lesbian sex in a video game or capital punishment for alleged drug offenses?
Veles 13th November 2007, 15:29 Quote
Awww the vid is broken for me, won't load, from another one I've seen it looks incredibly tame, all I saw were two people's heads looking like they were spaced out and then a titanic style hand on glass.

Although I should be geeky and point out the blue guys don't actually have a gender.
Redbeaver 13th November 2007, 15:41 Quote
video doesnt load...

...but yeah, somewhere along 5, 35, 60 for me.........
DXR_13KE 13th November 2007, 16:33 Quote
mclean007 13th November 2007, 16:37 Quote
50 (it doesn't affect me directly but censorship for the sake of censorship is the first step towards the Great Firewall of China, which is no good for anyone);
50 (ditto);
0 (really, how desperate do you have to be to get your kicks from soft core machinima?)
[USRF]Obiwan 13th November 2007, 16:50 Quote
Ok.. so if i show some alien frog sex.. the whole world is yelling "offensive" and "BAN" and "outrageous" etc. Lucky for me i live in a country where it is normal that everybody lies topless on the beach... And nobody staring at it or start screaming about it, unless you have some american friends to come on vacation and insist to let me take a picture of them with every topless chick on the beach to show all the friends at home...

BUT! if they see a 'accidental' titty on the us telly.. boy that whole country is going crazy. And now singapore is joining them too.
Icy EyeG 13th November 2007, 16:59 Quote
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Originally Posted by mclean007

0 (really, how desperate do you have to be to get your kicks from soft core machinima?)
ROFL
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Originally Posted by DXR_13KE
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jukMLwRtQ_M

If this is the clip in question, than I've seen worse (thinking about "Enter the Matrix", for example). :|

Besides, if the game has a suitable age rating sticker, no problem... Oh wait.... No one cares about the age rating (not even the parents).
ssj12 13th November 2007, 17:04 Quote
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Originally Posted by mmorgue
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Originally Posted by article
Concerned? Annoyed? Horny?

10, 20, 70 respectively...

Seriously tho, what's worse: alien-lesbian sex in a video game or capital punishment for alleged drug offenses?

apparently to the world alien-lesbian relationships and video games in general.
LeMaltor 13th November 2007, 17:08 Quote
I thought the little lost episode was bad, but jesus they banned it for whats in the you tube video? Would they declare war over 2 Girls 1 Cup? :?
rewind 13th November 2007, 17:42 Quote
That's it ? HA HA HA HA HA.

Wait until the BBFC get hold of it....
wolff000 13th November 2007, 18:02 Quote
they banned it over THAT! it was nothing, it doesn't even pass for softcore pron. ugh the world is really going down hill and unfortunately my country is leading the way.
The Chugnut 13th November 2007, 18:07 Quote
I'm sure the Daily Mail will be up in arms about it.
Rebourne 13th November 2007, 18:55 Quote
I'm gonna need a little more then that... It's not even arousing.
DXR_13KE 13th November 2007, 22:19 Quote
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Originally Posted by Icy EyeG
Besides, if the game has a suitable age rating sticker, no problem... Oh wait.... No one cares about the age rating (not even the parents).

indeed, but some parents do.... the responsible type.... the ones that are rare.

anyway, i think this is kind of exaggerated...... let me rephrase that: this is as exaggerated as banning hands because of a 1 finger salute.
completemadness 13th November 2007, 23:00 Quote
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Originally Posted by wolff000
they banned it over THAT! it was nothing, it doesn't even pass for softcore pron. ugh the world is really going down hill and unfortunately my country is leading the way.
Thats exactly what i was thinking tbh

That was the most disappointing thing Ive seen since tony Blair stepped down from being prime minister (and then Gordon brown stepped up - sigh)
DougEdey 13th November 2007, 23:33 Quote
I have a feeling that it's not really a lesbian scene from the prequel book and the names uttered...
bahgger 14th November 2007, 03:53 Quote
So I haven't seen any footage of the game before this and now I think it's actually looking to be quite neat. And not just because of the lesbians.
Kipman725 14th November 2007, 20:02 Quote
kinky!
sub routine 14th November 2007, 20:15 Quote
LOOL
Jipa 14th November 2007, 22:11 Quote
What the hell... Banned? A game? For what - a goddamn video showing nothing? Maybe they think that the game is too booring and thus save the kids of Singapore the time they otherwise would have spent playing it?

I have no idea about censorship alltogether, but I've understood them to mainly ban shocking, unsuitable and politically "wrong" stuff. This doesn't seem to fulfil any of those characteristics.

Shame on you, Singapore.
C0nKer 15th November 2007, 00:45 Quote
It's wrong to show aggression. It's wrong to show love as well.
Veles 15th November 2007, 10:46 Quote
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Originally Posted by rewind
Wait until the BBFC get hold of it....

They've already rated it, it's a 12, and TBH from what I saw on that video a 12 rating is fine (incidentally I think this is the first time I think I've seen them slap a rating below a 15 on a game, I didn't think they bothered with anything below that). When I was 12 I watched more shocking material on the likes of Buffy, etc.
DXR_13KE 15th November 2007, 19:30 Quote
the BBFC made it a 12? that is very weird....
CardJoe 15th November 2007, 19:43 Quote
Not really. The BBFC is surprisingly sensible and fair.
DougEdey 15th November 2007, 19:47 Quote
Joe: What's your thoughts on ME?
CardJoe 16th November 2007, 07:35 Quote
What do I think of you? I think you're ginger. :P


I've not actually had a chance to play Mass Effect yet. I've been far too busy focusing on Crysis for now since we are primarily a PC site. The only time I've touched the final code has been to help Riyad figure out how to use the menus properly. From what I've seen though it looks fantastic, but I think all 3rd person zoomed in RPGs have trouble with scale Cities and so on can't be too big without being overwhelming. I worry that will be true for Mass Effect and I also think that the gameplay is a bit boring.

If you're (anyone) interested in contributing game reviews to bit-tech by the way then feel free to drop me an email. I'm looking for people I can rely on and there's only so much I can do myself. I can't promise money off the bat, but there's definitely free games a'plenty waiting...
Veles 16th November 2007, 10:59 Quote
If you think "Holy friggin crap this is awesome! *spasm*" is an acceptable contribution then go ahead and send me a copy :p
DougEdey 16th November 2007, 15:48 Quote
I'd be exceptionally interested. Be good practice for my Dissertation...
mikeuk2004 17th November 2007, 11:36 Quote
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Originally Posted by wolff000
they banned it over THAT! it was nothing, it doesn't even pass for softcore pron. ugh the world is really going down hill and unfortunately my country is leading the way.

Same thoughts here. I was completly disapointed when I spent 6 hours buffering on Gamevideo.com and all I got was that. I see people in the street with facial expression like that. Maybe they should wear a bag over their head if they walk around sinagpore or they will get deported lol.
Sacred_Templar 23rd November 2007, 02:30 Quote
yea ive seen the vid. its pathetic and it gets me pissed off that stupid singapore banned it over nothing. wats worse is my dad saw the article and i cant get it because they made it sound like a hardcore porn video. they blew the whole thing out off proportion
fwalm 23rd November 2007, 18:17 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by CardJoe
What do I think of you? I think you're ginger. :P


I've not actually had a chance to play Mass Effect yet. I've been far too busy focusing on Crysis for now since we are primarily a PC site. The only time I've touched the final code has been to help Riyad figure out how to use the menus properly. From what I've seen though it looks fantastic, but I think all 3rd person zoomed in RPGs have trouble with scale Cities and so on can't be too big without being overwhelming. I worry that will be true for Mass Effect and I also think that the gameplay is a bit boring.

If you're (anyone) interested in contributing game reviews to bit-tech by the way then feel free to drop me an email. I'm looking for people I can rely on and there's only so much I can do myself. I can't promise money off the bat, but there's definitely free games a'plenty waiting...

Well i bought it today so I shall give you my poor contribution of either it is ok but I still will give it back when it's done, it's crap or really cool and worthwhle everyone with a 360 buying it. Or I will be nice to you and try and write a proper review.
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