The title should already tell you where I'm going with today's blog post. A story has been circulating the net for about a week or so now about how the upcoming 3DS fighter, Dead or Alive Dimensions will not be distributed throughout the majority of Sweden, Norway and Denmark. This is because three of the characters in the games are under the age of 18. In a fighting game, this isn't anything especially new (many traditional fighting games feature highschool characters after all) but the issue lies in the fact that the game features a mode where you can take pictures of the characters from every angle. So what does this mean in simple terms?
The game is being banned under child pornography laws. So basically, because characters like Eliot (a 16-year old highschooler taught by the master Gen-fu) are viewable in this mode, this game is being banned. Make no mistake, these characters are FULLY CLOTHED (well by DOA standards). But the photography of any characters, real or fictional under the age of 18 in a pornographic situation (being turned while fully clothed in a model viewer) is marked as illegal in Scandinavia. Fans of the series here in America won't have to worry though. We'll still be getting the game. Going by past DOA games though, maybe the claim wasn't entirely baseless.
What are your thoughts? Have censorship laws gone a bit too far or is this ban in certain countries a step in the right direction?