For a nation founded by prison inmates, Australia sure is uptight. The country's Draconian game ratings board has ruled that Sexy Poker, an upcoming WiiWare naked girl simulator from GameLoft, can not be sold Down Under. It's not the game's nudity, in and of itself, that concerns the Australian Classification Board; it's the context. According to the board, Sexy Poker uses nudity as a reward in the game, and that is against Australian rules.
"In the Board’s view Sexy Poker offers depictions of nudity as an incentive or reward to interactive game play. In the Board’s view, the general rule in the Guidelines for the Classification of Films and Computer Games prohibiting depictions of nudity as an incentive or reward, applies to the game play described above, as the player is shown increasingly detailed amounts of nudity following successful game-play," the board said in a statement.
Sexy Poker is a classic strip-poker game that pits player's card-playing prowess against six sexy female opponents who wager clothing instead of money.
I'd like to suggest that GameLoft re-tool its game and call it: "Unattractive First Lady Poker." Then, substitute the game's models for naked depictions of historical first ladies like Mary Todd Lincoln and Eleanor Roosevelt. That way, GameLoft could tell the Australian board that the game's nudity is a punishment as opposed to a reward, plus, players will see history come alive as famous first-ladies get naked. Win-win.
When or if this WiiWare title will make it to the United States is anyone's guess. It's an interesting conundrum for Nintendo. On one hand, the company might benefit from shaking its squeaky-clean, just for kids image, but this game might be too far in the opposite direction. What do you think? Would you play this game? Don't be embarrassed -- our comment section is a judgment-free safe-space for self-expression.