Our community member Jagji says that the Classification Board did the right thing -- and comparisons to previous games are very wrong.
By jagji on July 25, 2013 at 4:25 pm
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This is a response to the Community Soap Box: ‘In defence of Saints Row 4′s Alien Anal Probe’, written by PalZer0. Read that here.
PalZer0′s argument has ignored what I think are several key points.
Firstly, it’s important to note that the Board are not allowed to rate a game based on previous games in the series — which, to be quite honest, is a good thing. A game should always be judged on its own merits, including its context, content, plot and so on.
(This should apply to the reviewing of games as well, but it will never happen there. Thank God the Classification Board have to do it!)
Secondly (and I think ultimately) the most incorrect argument in favour of the Alien Anal Probe being allowed is “Destroy All Humans had it, and it’s an old game!”
Have any of you seen that weapon?
Well, let’s have a quick look at a video that shows what this “anal probe” weapon actually does.
So… all it did was make a little light appear on the NPC’s backside. That’s compared to, and I quote:
When using this weapon, the player approaches a (clothed) victim from behind and thrusts the weapon between the victim’s legs and then lifts them off the ground before pulling a trigger which launches the victim into the air.
And somehow people are comparing the two weapons? Really? It sounds like something that should not be allowed in at all. It is, categorically, a rape weapon. Please, please stop trying to say that “Destroy All Humans had anal probes too!”. They’re completely different.
If you thought that getting an R18+ rating meant any old thing could be let in, well — let me clear that up for you.
(a) 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; or
(b) describe or depict in a way that is likely to cause offence to a reasonable adult, a person who is, or appears to be, a child under 18 (whether the person is engaged in sexual activity or not); or
(c) promote, incite or instruct in matters of crime or violence
Computer games (except RC computer games) that are unsuitable for viewing or playing by a minor
So, as it stands, the Classification Board is well within their rights to Refuse Classification to Saints Row 4 on the grounds that the weapon is causing sexual violence. Even if the game’s context somehow explained why this weapon was necessary, I highly doubt that the Board would allow it in anyway.
I submit that this is not a matter of opinion but one of fact. So here are the facts as I see them.
- The anal probe weapon in Destroy All Humans is literally nothing at all like the weapon in Saints Row 4.
- The alien anal probe weapon in Saints Row 4 is a rape weapon and cannot be “justified by context”.
Games will always have problems like this when they are designing games for their own ratings system, but not taking into account other ratings systems around the world.