Singapore Bans Mass Effect Due to Vulgarity
The Media Development Authority of Singapore has banned the release of the Xbox 360 exclusive Mass Effect because of the inclusion of a sex scene between a female human and female alien. According to The Straits Times, the decision has caused an “outcry among local and international gamers who said it was too strict a decision”.Singapore is known for banning video games and latest ban of Mass Effect follows in the footsteps of God of War 2 (for nudity) and The Darkness (for saying g-damn too much). In light of this news, Microsoft has decided to keep their lips zipped for the time being, but hopefully they will make a comment soon.
This decision by the MDA in Singapore kind of baffles me. I mean, it is Singapore – this place is well known for its debauchery and from what I have heard it is in your best interest to carry around a shot or two or penicillin “just in case”. For a place known for its prostitution, “massage parlors”, and turning a blind eye to the undergae sex trade – they sure are taking a high-moral stance on video games. What is the big deal about a multi-species lesbian love scene anyway? It happens on TV all the time and in movies, why should video games be any different? Keep the kids away from the game and let the adults have their fun – I am sure it is in much better taste than most “lesbian” scenes that are in other forms of “entertainment”.