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Singapore Restricting Games With 'Gay Themes'

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The Singapore Media Development Authority (referred to as the MDA) is putting a new rating system into place next week and restricting sales of 'Mature 18' games to minors. What constitutes a 'Mature 18' game?

  • Violence: Realistic depiction
  • Sex: Sex with some nudity
  • Nudity: Topless or occasional full frontal nudity
  • Language: Frequent use of strong coarse language
  • Drug use: Realistic depiction
  • Adult themes: Crime and homosexuality

I'm all for protecting kids, of course, but I find it silly to lump gayness in with sex. Bully, pictured here, is a great example of this. It's not graphically violent, there is no sex. But there IS boy kissing. That would be enough to rate this game mature. And I am not too happy about being lumped with crime as an adult theme, either. If there is explicit gay sex in a game, I am all for stopping a minor from playing it, but I would do the same for straight scenes. For the life of me, I can't think of a game that DOES have explicit gay sex, however. Maybe the 'lovemaking' noises from Fable?

Videogames with gay themes restricted under new rule [People Like Us]
[via: Towleroad]

11 Comments

Hannah said:

Sims 2 has gay sex (and gay marriage, for that matter, though they call it a "joined union"), but it's not explicit. It uses the same animation as hetero sex and anything even remotely erotic is hidden.

gryph said:

"Singles" and "Singles 2 - Triple Trouble" Both have explicit heterosexual and homosexual sex. (Think sims where having sex is the oblject of the gameplay)

John said:

YAWN...who cares about Singapore...I think the world has enough to worry about then a spoiled country that has wealth due to its strict laws. I feel sorry for the enormous gay population in Singapore but I think we have more to be concerned about in this country....like how we're gradually losing our rights right here in the US of A.

The Tek Guy said:

Man, what are you talking about! Singapore Airlines was the first to build SNESs into the headrests. F'ing SNESs, man!

Gay content for minors is a double-edged sword. While I would argue that a game where you can kiss both boys and girls as member of either sex does not give children a wrong idea, but in fact sets them straight about sexual preferences (yeah, pun intended), there is - to stick with Bully as a reference - a way of overdoing it.

Granted, I haven't played the game, but from what I can gather, Bully is about earning respect at a school. Unless choosing the gay path leads to you taking a stance against homophobia *a lot*, I'm afraid it might give fledgling gaywads (is that a doom reference? I don't know) a wrong idea about what they can expect from coming out at their school. And unlike the mischief students usually get involved into, coming out is pretty much impossible to undo.

I'm not saying that the Singapoodlians had the same things in mind as I do before banning it (grouping it with crime makes me doubt it somewhat), but they might just save a lot of gay teens from a lot of trouble at school. Once they're 18, all will be explained. I know it sucks, but it can't be changed overnight... Not by gaming legislation anyway. But hey, maybe Obama is gay?

Atolm said:

To my knowledge, paltry as it may be, homosexuality and homosexual behaviour itself are considered "illegal" in Singapore; thus, catergorizing depictions of homosexuality together with other crimes/criminal behaviour makes a great deal of sense (from that particular perspective).

I don't know to what degree those laws are actually enforced, nor do I know what the penalties are, so I can't really say any more than that.

swotr said:

I could rant about that awful country's laws, but if you're interested, just go to www.fridae.com and read for yourself.

@John I think it's sad that some people on here only think about themselves, when there are people around the globe persecuted on a daily basis simply for being gay. Please don't use the line "I feel sorry for X but..." - it's incredibly condescending.

swotr said:

edit: country's awful laws

Stevie said:

Still, corrupt governments with slightly corrupt laws is not surprising.

While others may think it condesending, I agree we really need to work on our own issues first before trying to fix someone else's. Something broken fixing something broken sounds, well, broken.

SingaporeBoy said:

@swotr, atolm: the laws are on the book, but they don't enforce them. Don't let that stop you from coming here. (We have cheap gadgets!)

@The Tek Guy: Oh, if only they were so enlightened...

Flare said:

As a gay teen expat living in singapore, it's really not all that bad here, yeah it's strict, but it's not like gay people are all rounded up and thrown in jail, hell there are tons of laws here which are on the books but really never enforced.
in fact, i don't think that law's really been used since the 70's.
But yeah, MDA's a b*tch, even the media knows that. (but don't tell them that)

swotr said:

@Stevie I'm sorry. I thought this was gaygamer - not usgaygamer.

@Flare I recently visited Sing with my half Singaporean boyfriend and whilst minding our own business going out for dinner were insulted by two ladies with their children: a great example to them. I guess the fact that I live in probably the most tolerant country in the world, Thailand that makes it stand out more. I feel strongly about the gaming censorship issue, because I think it represents the tip of the iceberg. I would love nothing more than for everywhere to be tolerant and accepting - Singapore, US, Egypt etc - not just in my own backyard.

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