New Zealand censor bans Japanese fetish game Criminal Girls: Invite Only
A Japanese video game that encourages the player to sexually whip teenage girls has been banned.
New Zealand's Office of Film and Literature Classification announced it was banning Criminal Girls: Invite Only, a role-playing game for Sony's PlayStation Vita and Microsoft Windows, on Monday.
The game sees the player brought into hell to reform seven "delinquent" girls by defeating their inner demons.
The girls battle monsters and demons in hell, and can improve their combat skills by "motivation" sequences.
It's these "motivation" sequences that Classification Office took issue with.
The player "motivates" the girls by whipping them or dripping liquids on them. The sequences are highly sexualised, with the characters donning outfits that Gamespot called "borderline pornographic".
The Classification Office initially called in the game over concerns it depicted sex with young persons, and sexual violence.
However the office's concern shifted to issues of sexual consent in the "motivation" sequences.
"The dialogue clearly establishes that the girls are either unwilling to participate, or naive about the player character's intentions," the office said in a blog post about its decision.
"Then, once the Motivation is finished, the girls' reaction is positive. The lack of consent presented here - and the idea that 'Even if you have to force her – she'll end up enjoying it' - is a narrative that justifies rape and is presented solely for titillation."
Consent was not only absent from the game's dialogue, but the protestations of the female characters were "part of the attraction," the office said.
"There is a strong likelihood of injury to the public good, including to adults from the trivialisation and normalisation of such behaviour, so the game is banned."
Criminal Girls: Invite Only is a remastered version of a 2010 Japanese PSP game.
It was censored for release in the USA, with the girls' sexual moans removed from the soundtrack and a purple mist obscuring parts of the "motivation" sequences.