…and the Australian Classification Review Board has been extra busy, announcing that We Dare will keep its controversial PG rating, as the in-game content and overall impact “does not exceed mild”.
Believe it or not, with all of the media hype and concern surrounding the game which lead to the Federal Home Affairs Minister calling for a review by the Board, a three-member panel of the Classification Review board has actually come to a unanimous decision to leave the game exactly the way it was, as it merely contains “mild sexual references”.
The Board explains:
Material classified PG may contain material which some children find confusing or upsetting, and may require the guidance of parents or guardians. For this reason, PG games are not recommended for viewing or playing by persons under 15 without guidance from parents or guardians. Consumer advice is additional information about the main content of the game which is intended to help consumers decide if they want to view of play this type of material.
The Board’s statement continues, explaining that We Dare is mostly harmless:
This game contains a series of mini games which provide a single player (or a multiple of players up to four) with a variety of tasks. These mini games, which are randomly available to players based on a choice of ‘moods’, include dance moves and activities, which may require interaction with other players. There are no sexual references in actual game play. Text boxes, which contain miscellaneous facts about gender differences and interactions, randomly appear whilst a mini game is loading. Some of those text boxes contain mild sexual references. The text boxes contain no interactive elements.
…and thus endeth (we hope) the brief and exciting portion of 2011 where the national censorship body was swayed by mainstream media, who got up in arms over titles that – in the overall scheme of things – very likely weren’t worth it.
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