SINGAPORE Singapore has banned a Microsoft Corp
video game which contains a scene showing a human woman and an
alien woman kissing and caressing each other, a local newspaper
reported on Thursday.
The Straits Times said "Mass Effect" -- a highly
anticipated futuristic space adventure game from Microsoft --
was banned by Singapore's Media Development Authority.
In October, Singapore's parliament decided to keep a ban on
sex between men, and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said that
the city-state should keep its conservative values and not
allow special rights for homosexuals.
Singapore is the only country to have banned the game, so
far, and it is the first Microsoft video game to be banned in
the city-state, The Straits Times said.
The move has caused an outcry among local and international
gamers who said the decision was too strict, the newspaper
The report said Singapore has in the past, banned at least
two other video games -- Sony Corp's "God Of War 2," for
nudity, and unlisted Top Cow Productions' "The Darkness," for
excessive violence and religiously offensive expletives.
(Reporting by Ovais Subhani; Editing by Valerie Lee)