In August 2016, VALKYRIE DRIVE BHIKKHUNI was banned by the Classification Board. The applicant was PQube Ltd.
The Board's database gave the following reason for the RC-rating.
Games 1(a) The computer game is classified RC in accordance with the National Classification Code, Computer Games Table, 1. (a) as computer games that "depict, express or otherwise deal with matters of sex, drug misuse or addiction, crime, cruelty, violence or revolting or abhorrent phenomena in such a way that they offend against the standards of morality, decency and propriety generally accepted by reasonable adults to the extent that they should not be classified."
Valkyrie Drive Bhikkhuni Banned in Australia
techraptor.net, August 9, 2016
The Australian Classification Board has responded to our inquiry regarding the rating of Valkyrie Drive Bhikkhuni. As they explain it, the reason why the game was Refused Classification is because the game promotes elements that offend standards of morality, and also uses sexuality as an incentive and reward. A major factor in the refusal of classification is due to "implied sexual violence" in the game, especially if they pertain to incentives or rewards.. The response we received cited 1(a) and 1(c) of their Code in their reasoning.
In the game, the girls are able to turn into weapons by kissing and touching one another. This is featured in the following YouTube video, and may be part of the reason for the Classification Board's decision.
Valkyrie Drive: Bhikkhuni - Drive Scenes (All Characters)
youtube.com, December 15, 2015
In July 1996, VIDA X was banned by the OFLC. It was most likely refused because of the use of nudity as an incentive or reward.
The Victorian Police were the applicant.
In February 1995, VOYEUR was banned by the OFLC for sexually explicit language and an incest theme. Sega Ozisoft was the applicant.
In their 1994 to 1995 Annual report, the OFLC explained the RC-rating.
A CD ROM strategy game called Voyeur uses full motion video and contains a conversation between two adult actors. They had been identified in an earlier scene as uncle and niece. In the dialogue, the woman recalls the uncle's sexual abuse of her when she was 14 years old and uses sexually explicit language during the conversation.
The guidelines clearly state that sexually explicit language is to be Refused. The incest context was also taken into consideration by the Board.
This game has never had problems with the Australian censors. It is included because it was a controversial title.
V-TECH RAMPAGE was a flash game based on the April 2007 Virginia Tech Massacre. It created controversy in Australia when it was found to have been created by a 21-year old Sydney man.
Outrage over Virginia Tech game
smh.com.au, May 16, 2007
A Sydney youth who created an uproar with an online game based on the Virginia Tech massacre, says he will remove the game if he receives $US2000 in "donations".
Add another $US1000 and he promises to apologise.
V-Tech Rampage is the work of 21-year-old Ryan Lambourn from western Sydney who goes by the screen name, Master PiGPEN.
"I've done offensive things before but they're not usually this popular," Lamourn said, adding that he made the game "because it's funny".
Lambourn, who grew up in the US, said his friends suggested putting up the ransom demand which he thought was "a hilarious idea".
He posted the demand on his website saying: "Attention angry people: I will take this game down from newgrounds [the games website] if the donation amount reaches $1000 US. I'll take it down from here [his website] if it reaches $2000 US, and i will apologise if it reaches $3000 US."
He described the exercise as "a joke". "They were so adamant about me taking my game down ... I gave them a way," he said.
"The donation thing was just to pull a few more strings and make more people angry. It's worked."
Lambourn said that while he felt remorse for those who had lost friends and relatives in the massacre, he also had sympathy for the gunman.
"No one listens to you unless you've got something sensational to do." he said. "And that's why I feel sympathy for Cho Seung-hui. He had to go that far."
The Australian Communications and Media Authority submitted a copy of the V-TECH RAMPAGE to the OFLC, who awarded it an MA15+ rating.
This YouTube clip provides a walk through of the game.
Items submitted by ACMA are listed only as a number, and never by their actual title. This is supposedly to prevent members of the public from adding them to their bookmarks. The time and rating of this ACMA submission lead us to believe that V-TECH RAMPAGE was the following entry in the Classification Board's database.
ACMA_Item_2_250 ACMA (CD Rom / online)
Not suitable for people under 15. Under 15s must be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian
Classification: MA 15+
Category: ACMA - Film (Sale/Hire)
Date of Classification: 25/05/2007
Author: NOT SHOWN
Publisher: NOT SHOWN
Production Company: NOT SHOWN
Country of Origin: NOT SHOWN
Applicant: AUSTRALIAN COMMUNICATIONS AND MEDIA AUTHORITY
File Number: T07/2385
Classification Number: 5372051F
No ban on Virginia Tech game.
smh.com.au, June 3, 2007
AUSTRALIAN authorities are powerless to ban a computer game inspired by the Virginia Tech massacre.
The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) investigated the game, "V-Tech Rampage", after receiving a complaint about it last month.
The ACMA referred the game to the Office of Film and Literature Classification (OFLC), which gave it an MA 15 + rating, the highest classification for a computer game.
"After reviewing it, the OFLC decided that the game could not be prohibited," an ACMA spokesman said. "On the basis of their decision, we are taking no further action."