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The BBFC classification for Mass Effect has revealed that the game has been awarded a 12 rating for "moderate violence and one sex scene".

Violence is pretty common these days, but a sex scene is sure to cause a bit of a stir. According to the extended classification over on the BBFC website the scene in question is "brief and undetailed" but does include "breast nudity in one version of the scene".

The classification goes on to state: "If playing as a male character the scene can take place between him and a human woman or a humanoid female alien. If playing as a female character the scene can take place between her and a male human or a female humanoid alien."

So that's quite a variety and certainly something for most sexual persuasions. Mass Effect is scheduled for release across Europe on November 23.

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Breast Nudity? Ok, an implied sex scene yes, but otherwise, this is old news. Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance had breast nudity back in '01.


Posted 00:19 on 17 March 2008
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God damnit, I've been denied my pr0ns yet again. Why does no one else see that men are hot? The ancient greeks got it! The romans got it!

Granted they were big on the old men/young boys while I prefer straight sex with the camera focused on the man, but still. Men for the win.
Posted 22:30 on 02 October 2007
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95% of the population wants to see woman/woman action? Hmmm, I think you are discounting the approximately 50% female population that I am certain have very little interest in woman/woman action.

And just because you find something "gross" doesn't mean it shouldn't be in there. All it does is gives someone else a chance to enjoy the game in the same way you do... there is nothing forcing you to cultivate that man/man relationship in the game (except perhaps if you have latent homosexual tendancies) in which case the game has still forced you to do nothing, it is your own choosing.

It is good to see that some companies are giving players the option, especially with the relationship aspects of games, the chance to explore more possibilities. Knowing now that there were relationships in Jade Empire, I think I'll go back and play them through, several times, and see how the game changes each time.
Posted 10:03 on 26 September 2007
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I also find it utterly ridiculous that we eagerly propagate violence and yet recoil at the natural act of sex being depicted or talked about too openly. Society is twisted as hell.
Posted 20:43 on 22 September 2007
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So you are saying that having alien sex is mature? you guys are sick as hell
Posted 18:39 on 22 September 2007
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Women are more curvaceous and attractive than are hairy, square, smelly, unattractive apes. 95% of the population would rather watch two females going at it than two males...simply for the above stated reason. Plus, butt-sehks is nasty.
Posted 02:41 on 22 September 2007
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Micheal Moore

Sex can be violent too. Go watch "Boys Don't Cry"

Based on a true story btw.

Also, man on man stuff always has a hard time getting passed through because it ups the ratings. Also, it's gross.
Posted 18:11 on 21 September 2007
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Bloodstorm@ Anonymous

Originally Posted by Anonymous
It sounds a bit ridiculous to argue that sex JUST leads to destruction and sorrow, though you can certainly make a good case for it.

You must be a fundamentalist Christian then.
Posted 13:10 on 21 September 2007
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sweet boobies my favorite!!
Posted 05:21 on 21 September 2007
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I used to have a game that ran on Classic Mac OS that was all about homosexual lovin' man-man and woman-woman. It was a porno game mind you but still...
Posted 23:51 on 20 September 2007
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I really don't see the problem with them including the possibility of a homosexual relationship (male/male) when Fable easily got away with it. :/
Posted 18:46 on 20 September 2007
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Wido@ Anonymous

Well i say :lick:
Posted 18:21 on 20 September 2007
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The lack of sex scenes in a video game won't encourage people to go out and have more sex. And even if it did, why the hell would you care?People need to stop pulling ideas out of their asses. Sex scenes make you uncomfortable? Fine. Just don't make up wierd justifications for your dislike of them.
Posted 18:10 on 20 September 2007
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Representing emotional relationships in games is one thing; featuring a sex scene in a game is quite another. Has human imagination deteriated to a point where a person can't fill the blank in the "fade out" on his own? Go out have emotional relationships and sex for REAL, fercryingoutloud! Bad enough every TV show features nudity and sex scences now to get any kind of rating (the new Battlestar Galactica comes to mind, sadly). Killing, maiming, burning; these are fine in any media. Better get you frustration out on some pixles with audio files then in the school yard. But, seriously, people don't need any more reasons to have fictional relations with fictional characters. Use imagination where applicable and find some life in between. Seriously!
Posted 16:43 on 20 September 2007
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"Anyone else find it disturbing how violence is simply accepted in entertainment while sex is taboo? One is a natural part of human life that leads to creation, one is destruction and sorrow. It's pathetic."

"It sounds a bit ridiculous to argue that sex JUST leads to destruction and sorrow, though you can certainly make a good case for it."

that's a joke right?
Posted 15:58 on 20 September 2007

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Release Date: 23/11/2007
Developer: Bioware
Publisher: Microsoft
Genre: RPG
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