Dead Or Alive 3DS Not Releasing In Sweden/Norway/Denmark Due To Child Pornography Law

I wonder if this will start happening more often.

Eurogamer said:
Nordic Dead or Alive release ruined
3DS by Robert Purchese
20/05/2011 @ 14:24

A possible violation of Swedish child pornography law means Nintendo 3DS game Dead or Alive: Dimensions won't release there, or Norway, or Denmark.

Distributor Bergsala capitulated without a fight and pulled the title, not wanting to stoke the national fire that raged recently when a manga translator was charged with being in possession of child pornography.

"Nintendo of Europe have decided not to release the game in Sweden, for various reasons. However, they do not want to list any details regarding their decision," said Nintendo and Bergsala in a joint statement to Eurogamer Sweden.

"We are sorry for how this impacts the Swedish fans of Dead or Alive. Thankfully, it's extremely unusual that these things happen."

The case stems from a forum poster who noticed that three Dead or Alive: Dimensions characters - Kasumi, Koroke and Ayane - violated Swedish law by being under 18 and in a pornographic situation. The pornographic situation in this case being the Figure Mode, where the posing girls can be photographed from every angle.


The author of the report had no intention of outlawing the game. The aim instead was to highlight why the child pornography law should be changed. The author took his report evidence to the police who dismissed it as "lacking" in evidence. Underage girls in thongs, the police concluded, do not equate to porn.
Source: http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2011-05-20-nordic-dead-or-alive-release-ruined
 

Izayoi

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Woah, hold the phone.

Being able to photograph clothed people from every angle is pornography now?

What in the fuck.
 

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They do realize that these characters are not real people. . . right?
 

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I swear I have nothing to do with this!
 

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Nintendo of Europe made the right decision here.
This decision will save fictitious underage girls from being treated like objects.
If someone played this game they would be compelled to do the same thing to kids in real life.
Because people have no will of their own and are easily influenced by the media.

Good for them!

 

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Do they state their actual ages in the game or package? If so, NOE should have known better and made the decision to change that in the localisation. I recall that's what happened in DOA4 and it wasn't banned anywhere (AFAIK)
 

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This is a bit awkward seeing as there are probably worse games than this (that weird 360/PS3 RPG filled with innuendo where you must impregnate a bunch of anime jailbaits to have future generations of character is one).
 

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This is the most scandalous thing to happen in a videogame since Sony insulted adopted children in their game Portal 2. I saw it on the news.
 

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Metalmurphy said:
This in a country where the age of consent is 15... oO
woah, seriously?! Then what's the issue? If the in game characters are above the age of consent then how is it a case of child pornography? Unless in these countries children can consent?
 

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Wow, I guess Team Ninja isn't as smart as most (all?) hentai game companies. If your game has girls in (even remotely) sexy situations, always say they are 18+. The decision is still silly, of course.
 

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Heh heh, all right! I want this game even more now!!!!

Seriously though, why didn't they just change their age in the game to all 18 for those places.... they're...... not real..... they can be whatever the developer wants. Its a stupid number on a profile thing no one looks at anyway lol, or better yet just take out the age.