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Jarrod Mawson
10 Jun, 2011

Dead or Alive: Dimensions classification revoked

3DS News | Girls just wanna have fun.
Browsing PALGN over the last few days, you might be used to all the good news coming out of E3 2011. Trailers, announcements and previews are certainly nice to wake up to. Well, today we have some bad news, especially if you're a Nintendo 3DS owner. According to Kotaku, Dead or Alive: Dimensions may be pulled from shelves.

The report is due to the change in classification for the game as listed on the official website for the Australian Classification Board. Where once Dead or Alive: Dimensions was classified as 'PG for Parental Guidance', it is now stamped with 'REVOKED'.

What does this mean? If past titles are any indication, this could mean that Dead or Alive: Dimensions will be removed from retailers, with sales of the game prohibited. It wouldn't be the first time such a game received classification changes, with Grand Theft Auto III one of the more memorable historic examples. It is also possible that the game will be revised for a higher rating, such as MA15+, and still be sold.

This change in classification could be a result of recent attention to characters in the game, notably their apparent sexualisation. In Japan, and official canon, a couple of Dead or Alive characters are aged under the Australian legal adult age of eighteen. In order to avoid controversy, localisation in Australia (and some other regions) changed age displays to read 'N/A'. Unfortunately, this was apparently not enough for ultra conservatives, and the usual mindless ranting and raving following suit.

The fate of Dead or Alive: Dimensions at this point in time is unknown. However, we advise Nintendo 3DS owners interested in the game, and interested in buying locally, to pick up a copy quickly should the title be withheld from sales. We also advise gamers to continue following and supporting the EverybodyPlays Campaign, as well as voice their disagreement with such absurd, knee-jerk reactions from supposed 'officials' on matters such as this.

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23 Comments
2 years ago
Man what a sack of d*** -__-

So EVERY DOA Volleyball game and DOA title got released here, some which can still be bought and now they're seeking to ban a game that's effectively a port of a Xbox 360 game?
2 years ago
I'm not a fan of DoA but I still find the situation ridiculous if it the suspicions voiced in the article do turn out to be true. The females in these games definitely do not fit in with 'of underage appearance'.
2 years ago
This is the same country that tried to ban pornography featuring flat chested women because the feared it encouraged pedophilia.

So, this really isn't surprising.
2 years ago
Someone think of the children!

Stupid Australia... stupid stupid stupid.
2 years ago
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Where once Dead or Alive: Dimensions was classified as 'T for Teen', it is now stamped with 'REVOKED'.
Isn't 'T for Teen' an American classification?

Anyway, all they've done is revoked the PG classification. It doesn't mean the game is banned right?
2 years ago
qwas wrote
Isn't 'T for Teen' an American classification?

Anyway, all they've done is revoked the PG classification. It doesn't mean the game is banned right?
Shit whoops icon_lol.gif. Thanks, I'll fix that. Funny thing, I actually checked my own case to make sure I got the rating right, and it says PG. Doh.

And yeah, it could get a higher rating or just get banned. I'll add that too.
2 years ago
So panties are a bannable offense.. that's it females aren't allowed to wear panties anymore!

Problem solved.
2 years ago
And yet DOAX is still being sold. You can literally take pictures of the girls pole dancing in bikinis.
2 years ago
Jarrod wrote
This is the same country that tried to ban pornography featuring flat chested women because the feared it encouraged pedophilia.
Would you describe the DoA girls as flat chested though?

Pagan's Mind wrote
And yet DOAX is still being sold. You can literally take pictures of the girls pole dancing in bikinis.
Maybe bikinis are acceptable?
2 years ago
Good thing I got this on day one, I enjoy looking at inappropriate angles in the theater mode, especially in 3D. icon_cool.gif
2 years ago
A game without classification cannot be sold in Australian stores. Revoked classification means no classification, ergo no sales.
2 years ago
Wonder if the PG version will now become some kind of collector's item. It's a pity that lazy parents think that a PG rating means something is automatically ok for their kids to play, then get outraged when they find out that something PG may have actually required some parental discretion.
2 years ago
... where my passport, im moving to canadia icon_razz.gif
2 years ago
I received the memo late afternoon stating that all copies of the game must be removed from store shelves.
2 years ago
Wow, i nearly bought a copy of this yesterday because i though this could happen. Didn't think it would actually happen.
games not listed on the eb website anymore.
2 years ago
A day one buyer here too. Always been a fan of DoA (though not the stupid spin-offs), it's a series that has such a diverse, tactical fighting system that's overshadowed by the girls, girls that are essentially anime characters by the way.
2 years ago
Ridiculous, absolutely ridiculous.

Australian board classification, take a bow for the utmost stupidity you show. Has any game ever gone from PG to banned? I want to see what the board wants for it to be reclassified.... you'd have to remove the whole game because you can still see panty/titty shots in game.

Next thing you know Pokemon will be banned for depiciting animal cruelty when battling.
2 years ago
Jarrod wrote
This is the same country that tried to ban pornography featuring flat chested women because the feared it encouraged pedophilia.

So, this really isn't surprising.
That would be a massive misrepresentation of that particular issue.
2 years ago
I wish I bought it when I had the chance.



This news makes me want the game REALLY bad. You say I can't have the game? That makes me want it more than ever.




Just ordered it from ozgameshop so hopefully I get the game.
2 years ago
Any wording on the actual decision? Perhaps some content wasn't disclosed? Remember hot coffee - the justification was rockstar hadn't fully disclosed all of the content (and it was proven to be in the ps2 versions so they couldn't claim it as user content) and they had to resubmit their application to regain the rating.
2 years ago
Jarrod wrote
This is the same country that tried to ban pornography featuring flat chested women because the feared it encouraged pedophilia.

So, this really isn't surprising.
If by tried to ban pornography fearturing flat chested women you mean tried to ban pornography featuring flat chested women that was advertised and sold based on the fact that they were barley legalor implied that they were actually under age then yeah.
2 years ago
Its been classified M making this whole stunt pointless!
2 years ago
WOFTAM!
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