kasumi_ayane-doa.jpg

Nintendo has cancelled the Scandinavian release of Dead or Alive over concerns that it may fall foul of Sweden’s absurd child pornography laws.

Upcoming 3DS fighting game Dead or Alive: Dimensions features three sexy female characters under the age of 18, all of whom can be inspected from any angle in the game’s “figure mode.”

These also happen to quite scantily clad, in outfits featuring thongs and plenty of cleavage in a variety of interesting poses.

However, Swedish “child” pornography laws prohibit any depiction, real or drawn, of an under-18 in a “pornographic situation,” in practice vaguely defined as any situation prosecutors can convince a court is pornographic.

After the game was reported to police, who did nothing and said evidence for prosecution was “lacking,” Nintendo and the Scandinavian regional distributor promptly cancelled the game’s Nordic release anyway, for not only Sweden, but also Denmark and Norway.

The initial reporting of the game to police is understood to be the work of a Swede who wanted to prove a point – that ever vaguer laws against fictional depictions of underage sexuality are rapidly encroaching upon freedom of expression, as evidenced by the recent arrest of a Swedish manga translator for possessing “child pornography” in the form of young-looking drawn girls.

The protest certainly seems to have demonstrated just that – publishers have been scared into cancelling a game for an entire region, on the basis of a single complaint to police.

Nintendo and its regional distributor refuse to offer any clarification of just why the game was pulled:

“Nintendo of Europe have decided not to release the game in Sweden, for various reasons. However, they do not want to list any details regarding their decision.”

Whether reporting the rest of their games to feature scantily clad 16-year-olds (a fairly high proportion of games developed in Japan) will scare them into pulling those as well is an interesting question.


    Post Comment »
    267 Comments
    Sort by: Date | Score
    Comment by Anonymous
    09:35 22/05/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Sweden seems to suufer from penis envy after it was declared to be the archenemy of copyrights.

    Every country that punishes people for possessing drawn material is retarded. Plain and simple. Their governments can't distinguish between reality and fiction. In real life that is called "mentally sick". And that's what those countries are.

    And yes, in case people don't understand. Sweden is retarded. And so are all the countries that have similar "laws".

    What the fuck is wrong witj you, Sweden? Have all those decades of providing the world-wide market with Grade-A real-life porn been too much for you?

    To top it all, they can't even see the difference between DOA and CP. Go figure.

    Hey Sweden, what about IKEA? Why don't you ban that as CP as well while you're at it? I mean, it's just as unrelated to CP as DOA is. Or better yet, please ban yourselves from this planet. The world doesn't need retarded hypocrits.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:50 23/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Honestly..who gives a shit about ''dead or alive'' anymore. their franchise features girls who never change, never get more beautiful, never age at ALL, and for the life of anyone with intelligence... look to be still be produced with the same shitty graphics they had in 2001.these women are internet-whores, displayed over and over in teasing, not really sexual situations to death and its all really..

    REALLY...

    BOOOOOOOOOOooOOOORing..

    Comment by Anonymous

    hi I'm Sweden and I don't like your tone, young man. lol you're actually talking to a country, a mass of land? :P

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:12 22/05/2011 # ! Good (+0.7)

    How about the "idea" of Sweden? The swedish government represents Sweden and their laws define Sweden. So there.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:14 14/06/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    How come the government who passed it hasn't been replaced by a newly elected one that rolls back the law? Where are the street protests? The public outspeaking for freedom of expression against the government? The truth is, this law is supported by a majority of Swedish retardspeople. And those who simply don't care because (it appears to them like) it "doesn't concern me" are just as bad.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:31 28/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    But they sure don't represent what people really think. I'm swedish and I've yet to hear a single person who actually think that the new childporn-law is a good thing.

    Avatar of Diemeow23
    Comment by Diemeow23
    17:59 22/05/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    People who come to this site are expected to understand that he/she is referring to the people who are in charge of this law whether he/she decides to cite this or not.

    But this also "somewhat" goes to the the public who don't want to come together for something a lot of them possible like(ergo this will stay like this forever)

    like in my country(i think a lot of people already know) I'm also too blame for not standing(not that I have a choice since the last time I checked there have been only 3 people I've met personally who are willing to)

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:54 22/05/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    1. They are not Childeren
    2. There is no porn at all in there
    3. It can't even be abuse since these characters are fiction, not real, not alive!

    Those people seem to have lost their grip on reality and need to seek mental help.

    Avatar of Yamaken
    Comment by Yamaken
    07:02 23/05/2011 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    I really want to give you over 9k thumbs up right now.. i live in this loser land!

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:28 24/05/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Originally, the girls in Dead or Alive were underage in most countries. They got aged up to 16 which is still illegal for the amount of "Juggling" they do.

    Aside from closeted hebophile lesbians, not alot of people care.

    And yeah, there is always a viewer mode in these games and let's just say, people never use it for it's intended purposes.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:39 04/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Didn't Itagaki say Kasumi's supposed to be 17? Most parts of the world that's HARDLY underage except in places where the age of consent is 18.

    Avatar of Tokeijikaku
    Comment by Tokeijikaku
    09:03 22/05/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Oh the tyranny I have to live under!! 乀( > Д<)ノ

    Avatar of Gitami
    Comment by Gitami
    11:48 22/05/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Personally I think Nintendo is supporting the activist. Cancellation of a game will get the fans to be more negative towards these laws. A pebble today will be a mountain of pebbles in the future to fall down on the absurd laws.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:30 22/05/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    I facepalm daily when I read the news, but today I plan on running into a wall fifty times.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:03 02/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    "features three sexy female characters under the age of 18"

    Wait if they are children then HOW CAN THEY BE SEXY?!

    PEDOPHILE!!

    (sarcasm)

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:54 22/05/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    the vikings are disappointed in what sweden has gone to

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:58 23/05/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    This game was published already in Finland and we are a Nordic country as well.

    Avatar of VVayfarer
    Comment by VVayfarer
    20:55 23/05/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Don't forget Iceland.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Yes and swedes dont see you as nordic...

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:15 23/05/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Anon doesn't know history. The Norse were the true vikings.

    Avatar of Elcachetondelpuro
    Comment by Elcachetondelpuro
    01:13 23/05/2011 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    Too much hitler money & few rape?

    Avatar of Kaze
    Comment by Kaze
    08:37 22/05/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    You'd think that with 4 main series games already out, all those lovely ladies would be legal by then.

    Avatar of H-Ero
    Comment by H-Ero
    14:49 22/05/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    To me, the greatest thing about fiction is that characters aren't forced to grow older. Decades can pass IRL but fictional girls can stay young and won't turn into old hags like real girls.

    Avatar of Shippoyasha
    Comment by Shippoyasha
    16:50 22/05/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Also whatever their maturity levels are with their fighting demons and ninjas daily and having bodies of 25 year old models (I think it's safe to say most girls would kill a few people to get busts like that), even the characterizations of the girls themselves is too unrealistic anyway.

    And wow. People showing panties = PORNOGRAPHIC. I hate this world sometimes.

    Avatar of owi2000
    Comment by owi2000
    06:58 23/05/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Yeppers, better hide all those fashion catalogs they send you in the mail, they're all traps waiting to get you!

    I'm just wondering how the hell you 'convince a court' that an established fighting game series like that is pornographic... >.>

    Well.. without showing them doujins of it, anyway.

    Avatar of Holy One
    Comment by Holy One
    15:27 22/05/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Ah, they can still be forced to grow old over a week.

    They can be 6 in one episode, and 30 the next. Then 90 the next. Lol.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:57 22/05/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    or all in one episode. nymph, sora no otoshimono

    Avatar of AzureXuchilbara
    Comment by AzureXuchilbara
    19:19 22/05/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    @Holy One

    "Ah, they can still be forced to grow old over a week."

    J-Just like Solid Snake...

    *salutes and cries*

    Avatar of Sayoth
    Comment by Sayoth
    18:11 22/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    And then they can be 15 in the next episode.

    Comment by Anonymous

    this age thing is a bit silly. A better rule of thumb should probably be pre-pubescent vs. post pubescent: if she looks like an adult, she's an adult. If she looks like a kid, she's a kid.

    Comment by Anonymous

    An "old hag" gave birth and took care of you.

    Avatar of VVayfarer
    Comment by VVayfarer
    21:06 23/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    He should hope not.

    Certain areas of a person's health are proportionate to the age of his mother at the time of pregnancy. The optional age to give birth, for the sake of the baby, is about 20 (and younger), while giving birth at 40+ is just stupid.

    Comment by Anonymous

    *thumbs up*

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:00 22/05/2011 # ! Drivel (-1.0)

    you are the reason why these laws exist. dummy..

    Avatar of Diemeow23
    Comment by Diemeow23
    17:47 22/05/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Perfect Example is Ash from Pokemon who has been 10 for 10 year(or more probably)

    Avatar of Kajichu
    Comment by Kajichu
    19:24 22/05/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Its more like 14 years

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:17 25/01/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Nadesico came out in 1997. Does that mean that Ruri is now 27?

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:32 23/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    bullshi.... ash is getting younger and shorter... keeps starting over with new pokemon, not to mention he acts like a noob in every new season even after having 10+ yrs of exp ... his pikachu shud be like lvl 200 by now... hes never gonna b a master thats y i stopped watching =(

    Comment by Anonymous

    Ash IS growing older. Just look it up...

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:22 22/05/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    As already said: In Sweden the age of consent for sexual activity is fifteen (15) years.

    So what the FUuu ?

    Comment by Anonymous

    what is this "Kotaku" you speak of? I know of only Sankaku Universe.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:34 22/05/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    You are a sad sad individual.

    19:49 22/05/2011 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    Actually, people who have never been exposed to the horrors of kotaku are generally very happy

    Comment by Anonymous

    heck they are 17, they are old i thought they were 13. didn't know this was an old hag game.

    Comment by John Hayabusa
    19:34 22/05/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I never thought that there is a country that has even sillier laws than Japan's.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:57 20/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    They looks 13 to you because you American/European NEVER understand Asian looks "younger" then you even in real world.

    Oh, welcome to planet Earth

    Avatar of Nindotaku
    Comment by Nindotaku
    18:34 22/05/2011 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    they are 17 in america but below that in japan XD

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:37 22/05/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    should be 18 in America. Why are they underage in America? Ohhhhhh yeah the first amendment.

    Avatar of Megidola
    Comment by Megidola
    08:49 22/05/2011 # ! Quality (+0.9)

    So a game containing neither children nor porn can be child porn...you learn something new everyday.

    Avatar of AVEN
    Comment by AVEN
    09:22 22/05/2011 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    one point more for Megidola

    one less for Sweden

    Avatar of Yoshii-kun
    Comment by Yoshii-kun
    15:40 22/05/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Oh Sweden....

    Avatar of Lonesnipa
    Comment by Lonesnipa
    09:47 22/05/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    I wonder if the other dead or alive games are banned in sweden...

    Avatar of Diemeow23
    Comment by Diemeow23
    17:52 22/05/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Then tell us Anon 10:14(if that IS your true name?? What did happen? What site actually depicts these events, I'm sure there are a fair number of Swedish Members here at least willing to vouch for that.

    We don't like this as much as the Swedish do(for me at least)

    *cue dramatic rainbow!*
    Cause I want everyone in the world to enjoy Japanese anime,manga and games for what they truly are(ergo uncensored as much as POSSIBLE)

    Avatar of TNinja
    Comment by TNinja
    22:10 22/05/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    And this is why we don't like regional locks.

    If they stopped pulled that shit on us, I would stop complaining about regional locks.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:30 22/05/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    fake huh? this kotaku article says more or less the same thing.
    http://kotaku.com/5803881/report-dead-or-alive-dimensions-is-kiddy-porn-in-sweden

    Avatar of VVayfarer
    Comment by VVayfarer
    21:10 23/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    11:30

    It's a massive conspiracy... it HAS TO BE!!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:14 22/05/2011 # ! Drivel (-1.0)

    No they are not because the news on this website are clearly fake and badly translated to make something that isn't into sonething that is.

    Avatar of TNinja
    Comment by TNinja
    12:35 22/05/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Am I supposed to be proud that I live in Sweden's neighboring country?

    Sure good intention. But they should think a bit.

    Avatar of Elcachetondelpuro
    Comment by Elcachetondelpuro
    01:14 23/05/2011 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    One thing for sure, you are white as bread can be :P

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:38 22/05/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    In sweden my Leifang and Kasumi figures would be banned too?

    Comment by Anonymous

    If you have the figures hide them until 2030, I'm pretty sure in 2030 the figures will be older than 18 years old.

    Avatar of Castian
    Comment by Castian
    11:00 22/05/2011 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    its because the horrible truth...
    mostly the Video Games are confunded by Toys, which they're not, its sometimes Art,surely Sweeden politicans are acting in the best interest of childs, and their "toys", some Gammifing education needed there and most countries.

    Video Games are not Toys but be toyed with.








    Post Comment »

Popular

Recent News

Recent Galleries

Recent Comments