Omega Labyrinth Z – Refused a Classification in UK
I never thought I would have to make a news post about a game getting refused classification here in the UK. This is the news for PQube’s soon to be released Omega Labyrinth Z however.
The VSC here in the UK have issued a statement about the refusal, stating that “The VSC Rating Board believes this content in a game, which would have strong appeal to non-adult players, is an issue which would be unacceptable to the majority of UK consumers and, more importantly, has the potential to be significantly harmful in terms of the social and moral development of younger people in particular.”
So in a true, think of the children moment (in both the game and real life) the game has been “banned”
I will admit that the game has highly suggestive tones as acknowledged in the full report on the VSC website. http://videostandards.org.uk/RatingBoard/featured.html However it seems that some of these interactions between the player and the characters in the game as well as VSC believing that it will attract underage consumers if it was rated as 18.
This means Omega Labyrinth Z joins the lofty heights of Manhunt 2, Rapelay, and The Punisher to be banned outright from sale. Granted only one of those is still banned in some form.
We are not alone though, It is not just we Brits that will be unable to purchase it domestically. Omega Labyrinth has similarly seen a classification refusal in Germany and Australia. Two countries more known for classification refusal and video game bans in general.
I know that now I am aware of it, I will be trying to get a copy…..Hey PQube, want to sort me out?