Dead or Alive: Dimensions is being pulled off shelves in Australia (and elsewhere) for having the ability to potentially pose 16-year-old female characters in skimpy outfits and then photograph them. Feel free to watch that video with its RealDoll-like images, then perhaps take a shower after to scrub off the dirty feeling.
Some sites are promoting that people should go out and buy DOA: Dimensions to stick it to The Man, but that’s an irresponsible reaction on their side. Seriously, don’t suggest people do things that could be against the law, nor is this action really linked the R18+ games classification in Australia.
The funny thing was Nintendo is the one behind most of DOA: D being withdrawn – they elected not to distribute it in certain countries in Europe and then appear to have supported the decision to withdraw it in Australia as well. (Officials gave Nintendo a week to respond to concerns – that’s a long way from ‘knee-jerk’.)
And none of it would have happened either Nintendo, Tecmo Koei or Team Ninja had changed the character ages to 18 or over. It slipped past family-friendly Nintendo and now they are trying to sweep the game under the rug as quickly as possible.
If the characters were over 18, this wouldn’t be problem. However, various groups (rightfully) get fairly sensitive around the idea of photographing women aged 17 and under in possibly sexualised situations (like, say, bending over in a bikini). I think that’s fair enough – it’s a line that defines legally responsible adult and one that has been in place for quite a while. As such, I find it a bit disappointing that the gamer reaction is full of, “How dare they ban that game?” and not, “Fair enough – let’s not support the sexualisation of minors”. Particularly when Nintendo themselves supports the removal of the game from shelves.