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MeiQ was refused classification in Australia due to the sexualisation of a child


Yesterday, we reported the Australian Classification Board had refused classification to Meiq: Labyrinth of Death. Today, we now know why.

The Board has determined that one of the game’s main protagonists, a girl named Connie, “is, or appears to be, a child under 18.” Problems arise as the Vita title allows a player to use the handheld’s touchscreen to fondle any of MeiQ‘s five main female protagonists — including the under-aged Connie’s.

“When the player touches Connie in this mode it prompts verbal responses from her – either, ‘So flat. Super-flat.’, ‘Smooth’, ‘Just a little squishy’ or two variations of a perturbed ‘Woah’ sound. The application accompanying the game states there is a reaction to either the breasts, head, hips or legs of a character being touched,” the Board’s report reads. “The touch response to each is indeterminate, as the gameplay footage does not indicate which area of the body is being touched when a response is heard.”

From the above, the Board has refused classification to the title as it allows for “simulation of sexual stimulation of a child”. Furthermore, the ACB’s report concludes this is “offensive or abhorrent in such a way that it offends against the standards of morality, decency and propriety generally accepted by reasonable adults to the extent that it should not be classified.”


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